Dams and Monkeys
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Hostel Karus appears to be in the middle of nowhere, but there is a fairly large grocery store, Internet and restaurant close by. The hostel can get cold at night, but Walter does a good job keeping the community room nice and warm with a fire.
We drove out to Hartbeespoort dam, and the monkey sanctuary. The cost was 250 Rand for the guided tour through the park. The monkeys were all donated by previous owners who figured out first hand how difficult it is to care fir a monkey. Since the monkeys were raised by humans they were not shy about posing for pictures. The guide said the small brown monkeys are one of the smartest monkeys at the park. So smart they could learn how to drive a car. It was the monkey that was sent into space. The tour took an hour and capped off with a look at the bush babies.
After the monkey sanctuary, we went to Upstairs Pub, a really cool dark pub with a big screen playing the game and a roaring fire.
We had dinner at a fancy restaurant called Rhapsody. This was the first great meal I had in South Africa. The ribeye was pretty good. It could have been better, but amazing considering the low budget meals I had been stuffing my face with throughout the trip.