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Old 20 Apr 2010
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Robbed at Vic Falls Zambia

I arrived at Jolly Boys backpackers hoping to visit the famous Vic Falls and got to bed early in my tent

The place is surrounded by Razor wire and Electric fence, even so it didnt stopp someone coming over the fence, cutting my tent and stealling everything....unbeilevable to wake up and find youve been robbed and slept though it.

Im heading up tio Lusaka to get a new passport and carnet and then try and see how far i get withiout essential kit

If anyone can help with where to buy new kit or donate something i would be eternally gratefull

A list of the kit i lost....Passport Carnet Camera Binoculars Phone Boots Jacket GPS Maps Spares for the bike Panniers waterproofs Clothes Money Cred Cards Journal medical kit stove

But what ever happens the journey will continue

If you can help in anyway!!!????

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It will be little if any comfort to know you are not the first to have exactly the same thing happen at Jollyboy's, an Irish motorcycle traveller that I met in Sudan had exactly the same thing happen there about 3 years ago.
It is a great place to stay, I camped there and had no problem but perhaps the advice in future would be stay in the dorm or get a room.
Good luck getting things sorted out.
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A list of the kit i lost....Passport Carnet Camera Binoculars Phone Boots Jacket GPS Maps Spares for the bike Panniers waterproofs Clothes Money Cred Cards Journal medical kit stove
That really sucks, and kudos for continuing your trip. But it is kind of incredible they could steal all of that from your tent while you were sleeping, without waking you--how big was your tent?! Or did someone drug you or something? And how do they sneak off with panniers? could it have been an inside job?
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I arrived at Jolly Boys backpackers hoping to visit the famous Vic Falls and got to bed early in my tent

The place is surrounded by Razor wire and Electric fence, even so it didnt stopp someone coming over the fence, cutting my tent and stealling everything....unbeilevable to wake up and find youve been robbed and slept though it.

Im heading up tio Lusaka to get a new passport and carnet and then try and see how far i get withiout essential kit

If anyone can help with where to buy new kit or donate something i would be eternally gratefull

A list of the kit i lost....Passport Carnet Camera Binoculars Phone Boots Jacket GPS Maps Spares for the bike Panniers waterproofs Clothes Money Cred Cards Journal medical kit stove

But what ever happens the journey will continue

If you can help in anyway!!!????

Tim DR 650

Tim, I can help you out with some kit and some cash to help you through. Let me know how I can get it to you. I'm in Durban. If you are heading down this way, I have a spare 1 bedroom flatlet you can use for free until you get yourself sorted out. I have two sets of boots that are a size 11 or so, not new, but better than nothing. Can also help you with some other kit.
I will also put a post on Wild Dogs forum and see if there is anybody in Zambia who can help.
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Tim, I can help you out with some kit and some cash to help you through. Let me know how I can get it to you. I'm in Durban. If you are heading down this way, I have a spare 1 bedroom flatlet you can use for free until you get yourself sorted out. I have two sets of boots that are a size 11 or so, not new, but better than nothing. Can also help you with some other kit.
I will also put a post on Wild Dogs forum and see if there is anybody in Zambia who can help.
Geoff
What a superb reply

Just what a forum such as this is for - Tim, I wish you well and hope this is the last mishap you suffer on your trip.
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Thankyou all

I sort of guessed this may have happenened before and the help i got from Jolly boys was less than Jolly!

Im in Lusaka sorting a new passport and trying to get some kit together

Thanks for the support, especially From SA......

Even thou ive been cleaned out im not bitter with the thiefs as ive been on the road for 4 years and this is my first major theft

Ill be back on line when i can.

I was very tired that night and the camp was noisy so i put my earplugs in and when you are surrounded by razor wire and electric fences its a fair asumption that youll wake in the morning with your tent the way you left it!!!
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I was very tired that night and the camp was noisy so i put my earplugs in and when you are surrounded by razor wire and electric fences its a fair asumption that youll wake in the morning with your tent the way you left it!!!
Certainly a fair assumption, sucks about the theft but your attitude is great, best of luck!
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Not sure where you're headed next, but Jungle Junction in Nairobi might help you out. I left a pair of size 12(46) moto boots when I was there(06 I think!). You might be able to pick up some bits there. JJ's is a good place to meet other travelers- some camping and others being extorted to some degree! There is a KTM dealer in Nairobi- 50EU for goggles, etc. Sorry for your loss- but I understand, I do love my ear plugs for a good nights sleep. Be steady, Dave.
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