"Vervet Monkeys" Big 5 Tip by Beefy_SAFC

Big 5, Kruger National Park: 42 reviews and 66 photos

  Vervet Monkeys
by Beefy_SAFC

A very common small primate of the African bush, especially along river banks that lives in family groups, with a varied diet including things like fruit, berries, nuts and the occasional small bird or insect...

...let's rephrase that.

A very common small primate that lives around African National Park campsites and lives in family groups, with a varied diet including the contents of rubbish bins and whatever they can scrounge from humans. Although very cute looking, they are great opportunists and quick thinking. They've learnt like macaque monkeys in Asia (which I observed gate crashing the Orang-Utan feeding in Borneo), that where there are humans there are easy pickings. People are discouraged from feeding them so as to discourage behaviour that has even extended to thieving food and biting to get what they want - they can become a pest rather a cute little primate. Still, everybody say "Ahhhh" (but please don't feed them).

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Oct 24, 2004
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Go round the world, you end up back at the same place.”

Online Now


Top 5,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 4 9 2 1

Have you been to Kruger National Park?

  Share Your Travels