The Samango Monkey is Endangered but you can find them in iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Africa.
Where is Isimangaliso Wetland Park
Isimangaliso Wetland Park is located in Kwazulu Natal Province, South Africa and is home to the endangered Samango Monkey. iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder which is an apt description of the Wetland Park and its many fascinating inhabitants.
The park, which comprises an incredible 280 km of protected coastline, 25 000-year-old sand dunes and is home to not only some of the Big 5 but also 1200 Crocodiles and 800 Hippopotami!
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The Samango Monkey
Samango Monkeys are usually Dark Grey to Black and their tails can be a third longer than their bodies. Their tails really help in the way they move around and being sneaky about getting their food. Their bellies and throats are a cream-white which creates a beautiful contrast with their dark coats. You’ll most likely find them hanging out in trees planning their next meals.
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My First Impression of The Samango Monkey
I hopped out of our safari truck and asked our guide from Heritage Tours and Safaris where the best place was to spot Samango Monkeys.
It turns out it was right above where we parked. I turned my head up to find a monkey uncharacteristically quietly observing me. This was strange since usually, you hear the distinctive tweets of the Samango monkeys long before you see them.
Our guide surmised that she was being sneaky. The Samango monkeys at Cape Vidal are notorious for stealing lunches carelessly left out in the open. Fruit is a favourite, especially by the males who have more of a sweet tooth than the females do. Hmmm…I wonder if that includes chocolate too?
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Samango Monkey Families
I can confidently say “she” since Samango monkeys live in harems with one male surrounded by females and his young, which can be as large as 35 individuals. The thought of competing for one male’s attention with 20+ other females stresses me out, although it does make for good reality TV – maybe the these guys were the inspiration for the TV show The Bachelor?
But the troop was peaceful when we were there. Chirping away, curious, intelligent eyes not missing a thing – or any opportunity to steal a piece of fruit.
I would definitely add them to my The Best Places to Visit in South Africa for Wildlife list that is a must-see when visiting South Africa.