A stolen iPad and attempted car jacking all in a day!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

11th of July 2018

Early on Tuesday we left Durban and were hoping to get down around the East London area. The drive was quite beautiful to start with rolling green hills and lots of sugar cane but before long we turned inland and it became quite dry and arid. We had up until now really enjoyed going through the many towns, we would wind down the windows and take in the many sights, sounds and smells. Pauline would have her camera handy and snapped some great shots as we went through these towns.


In one such town called Mthatha Pauline had her window down about half way and a we came up to a set of lights they turned red and we had to stop. In the flash of an eye a young man jumped up onto the Landcruiser side step and tried to snatch Paulineโ€™s camera out of her hands but the strap was wound around her hand so he then went for my iPad which was on her lap being used for a navigation app we were using. This time he managed to get hold of it and as he jumped back down he fell and the iPad also hit the ground but he was up again, grabbed the iPad and was last seen running down the narrow side street. We lost an iPad but most importantly Pauline was ok so after taking a few deep breaths we started the search for a police station. No, we most likely will never see the iPad again but needed a police statement for insurance purposes. I thought I saw a police station so swung the Cruiser left and then realised that it was a one way street. I stopped and as I was trying to work out what to do next a bloke pulled up beside me in a bright orange Land Rover Defender and asked if we were alright. We explained what had happened and so he told us to follow him to the police station. When we arrived we saw a line of people leading out the door and thought well there goes the rest of the afternoon. However our new friend Willem took Pauline straight in the front door and directly to the Captain who took Paulineโ€™s statement personally! Willem then took us to a charming cafe and he and his lovely wife Charlene shouted us lunch. So from a really bad event we again have come across a fantastic Good Samaritan who went out of his way to look after some total strangers in his patch. Thanks Willem and Charlene.

Willem and Charlene, our latest saviours!

But wait, it doesnโ€™t end there.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

As we were leaving Mthatha and just on the outskirts we were pulled up behind two cars by a couple of blokes in high Vis vests. One of the men approached me and told me that the road ahead was blocked by floods and that we would have to divert and to follow them. However I noticed that neither had any markings or ID on there clothing and the cars they were using were unmarked and unremarkable from any other car on the street. After what we had just been through I was feeling a bit sceptical and smelt a rat big time. Ok I said I will follow you but the moment he gave me some room I gunned the Cruiser forward and went around him stopping about 100 metres ahead and jumping out to urge Veronica to ignore them and follow me which Iโ€™m happy to say she did. We more than likely averted going through a car jacking event, so as you can imagine when we finally did get out of Mthathaย  we were a bit shaken up. We didnโ€™t stop until we made it to a camp place 120kms down the road.


The camp we stayed in was recommended by Willem and it was great, very secure and quiet and we were again the only ones staying there. Owners Leon and Dixie were retired and running the camp site for a bit of pocket money. On arrival they met us and Dixie kindly gave us a pot of her home made chicken liver pate which we had with our drinks that night. In the morning Leon turned up to see us off with a big bag of his home grown Navel oranges. So many good people, more than making up for the unsavoury types!

Veronica’s truck which I have nicknamed “The 3 story block of flats”!๐Ÿ˜‚
Veronica in the 3 story block of flats!๐Ÿ˜‚

We had a lazy start to todays travel from the Kie River to the Addo Elephant Park. We saw our first wild African animals today, that is apart from monkeys! We saw Giraffe, Elephant, Kudu, Warthog, and lots of different antelope. We are now settled into tonights camp site ready for an early start looking around the Addo Elephant Park which is home to around 660 elephant among other animal species.

Our first sighting of elephants.๐Ÿ˜


Today we have learnt some important lessons that will stay with us for the remainder of our trip. We know now that we have to be much more serious about our security and be so much more vigilant of the opportunistic thieves around us. No one said it was going to be easy.๐Ÿ˜Ž

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21 thoughts on “A stolen iPad and attempted car jacking all in a day!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  1. Wow! Never a dull moment!
    Sounds great (most of it)! ๐Ÿ˜ณ


    1. Marcus and Pauline July 14, 2018 — 5:28 am

      You’re right, never a dull moment!๐Ÿคช


  2. Look after yourselves guys xox


    1. Marcus and Pauline July 14, 2018 — 5:30 am

      We’re trying!๐Ÿ˜ณ


  3. Alison Crawley July 14, 2018 — 2:15 am

    Wow! Having been born in PNG & gone back for visits I am not going to say you are crazy – I admire that you are doing this trip & just hope you keep safe after an eventful first day. You sound like you have the right attitude & thank goodness for good Samaritans. You just have to be able to tell the opportunistic from the good! My family drove overland in a combi camper van from Sri Lanka to the Uk in 1974 so I also have a sense of adventure! Safe travels & looking forward to more fantastic stories & photos. We have also been part of the Kimberley Kamarere/Karavan family.

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    1. Marcus and Pauline July 14, 2018 — 5:31 am

      Thanks Alison.๐Ÿ‘


  4. well you really are in africa now marcus shame about the ipad and yes that almost certainly was a car jacking / robbery attempt – couple of rules we always now apply – be carefull of taking photos out of the car windows as some locals do rile up badly about it – car windows always wound up in towns and all doors locked – never stop or follow any one unless they are police in uniform – and we dont drive or walk around after dark unless we are very sure of where we are – we dont drive in to a servo if no white people visible – always get out of one way streets as fast as possible and particularly if no white people around — other than all that have fun greg


    1. Marcus and Pauline July 14, 2018 — 5:34 am

      Thanks Greg. Maybe some of the white people are a danger too?๐Ÿ˜œ


      1. yes they probably are marcus – and the sad fact is most of the locals are just fine (and some of them are truely great) but there is a significant minority that are opportunists and or high risk and when you see how they live its no wonder so you have to treat strangers with caution – once you get shot at with an AK47 as as we have been you do tend to be very careful – but we still go back every chance we get – enjoy

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  5. Looks like you’re in for a great holiday-many adventures


    1. Marcus and Pauline July 14, 2018 — 8:16 am

      Thanks Mick.๐Ÿ‘


  6. Take care guys xxx


    1. Marcus and Pauline July 14, 2018 — 10:57 am

      Thanks Tracy.


  7. Love your attitude! Stay safe and keep the stories coming.

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  8. Yes you knew things werenโ€™t going to be easy at times, but that is so much in the first month.
    Keeping safe is the main thing of course. Lucky for the camera Pauline you had the strap around your hand and he didnโ€™t pull harder. How is the ribs going?
    Now you three, can you just get about without all the extra excitement? It is wonderful all the extremely helpful people you have meet already. The good out weighs the bad I hope for the rest of your trip.
    Is Veronica happy with the truck/van?
    What adventures you are having, great photos Pauline and Marcus you blog is very descriptive.
    Love and hugs travellers xx


  9. Well that was a hairy time for you all but glad no serious repercussions. Take care and now I am you will all be vigilant xx


  10. Only just read this….a worrying day all round! Glad you are bith well…Hope things run more smoothly in the future….locals probably carry a handgun (or at least a replica) ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Marcus and Pauline July 16, 2018 — 1:19 pm

      This incident happened so quickly we had no time for anything. I had a pepper spray right beside me but had no time to use it๐Ÿ˜ณ


      1. WILLEM SCHOEMAN July 17, 2018 — 4:32 pm

        I’m the bloke with the orange Defender – at least I can say the landrover helped the Toyota Cruiser out of trouble today – ha ha


      2. Marcus and Pauline July 17, 2018 — 4:34 pm

        Thankfully it wasnโ€™t a tow or pulled out of a bog now that would be embarrassing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Thanks again for your help Willem.๐Ÿ‘


  11. Oh Boy you lot!
    I have just read all of the blogs just like chapters in a book and am now eagerly awaiting the next chapter!
    My heart was in my mouth a few times for you all.
    Wishing you all a safe continuation of your Adventure, looking forward to reading about it.
    Hope your ribs are Improving Pauline, keep deep breathing!
    Love you lots
    Dawn xx


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