SA family attacked on 4x4 trip in Zambia

2012-06-27 11:48

Cape Town - Four members of a South African family on a five-month African road trip have been robbed by an armed gang in Zambia.

The Cape Argus reported that men armed with knives attacked the Kellet family from Claremont in Cape Town on a dirt road near Victoria Falls in Zambia.

Andrew and Marie-Louise Kellett, and their two children, Camdyn, 11, and Summer-Ann, 7, were not seriously injured but were robbed of crucial gear and equipment.

The family had been recounting their experiences on a weekly blog - Africa Through Their Eyes - on

"We were on a dirt road about 2km off the main tar road to the falls when we stopped at a viewing point. Three masked men… attacked the vehicle, dragging us out and demanding money," said Andrew Kellett.
“They roughed us up and took our cash, camera and video equipment, GPS, inverter and compressor, cellphones and more... They deflated the tyres and took our keys, but I had a spare set… it will be hard to document our trip.”


  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-27 11:54

    Oh no, South Africa's crime is spreading north into Africa.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-27 11:55

      If it spread any more north, they'll be clashing with the Somali pirates over territory

      Bardy - 2012-06-27 12:03

      Actually North Africa is where the crime comes from! They just migrated south many years ago!

      BulletProof. - 2012-06-27 12:10

      No, Africa crime always is being spread South to South Africa and when they finish with SA they will move to the see like the Somalis because they finish what exist in land.

      Vlad - 2012-06-27 12:17

      I've read article on russian website about piracy similar to Somalian. Guinea is a second country with pirates.Style is the same.Attacking the ship taking everything on the board and disappearing on rasty boats to nowhere.Looks familiar? African way of living.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-27 12:19

      Must be old MK " soldiers " still hiding in Zambia !

      smili.fication - 2012-06-27 12:49

      Manners Bardy! Dont be rude now...

      Pixie86 - 2012-06-28 02:41

      i've read this thread now 3 times and i'm stunned you actually understood each othet. It's just crap after crap. I'm so sick of some white south africans acting like SA is the worst place in the world! Instead of annoying us with your constant moaning just go where it's better! You've been part of Africa for over 300 years so if it's uncivilised you were also part of the problem!

  • Guy - 2012-06-27 12:02

    I feel for the family involved, but this is a typical sensationalst reporting. The men were armed with knives, yet News24 show a photo of a gun. Would a photo of a dagger not have worked.?

      smili.fication - 2012-06-27 12:50

      Guy.. thats news24 for you. They do it with every piece... I love it though. LOL

  • BulletProof. - 2012-06-27 12:05

    That's what happens when you venture trough all this Africa continent .Go by plane and even like that is risky. I have being there.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-27 12:30

      I travel extensively by road in Southern Africa - never had an incident. Far safer than on SA roads.

      seymore.butt - 2012-06-27 14:50

      I feel far safer driving outside South Africa...Zambia is very peaceful with friendly people. You must be one of those couch travelers!

      Pixie86 - 2012-06-28 02:36

      i'm sorry i missed your point under the many gramatical errors. I suppose that's why you don't drive. You wouldn't be able to read a map.

  • Andrew - 2012-06-27 12:09

    Typical of Africa. They all seem to be criminals learning from the RSA bunch!!!

      smili.fication - 2012-06-27 12:52

      Vlad... Whats with the racist remarks... what does hijaking have to do with anybodies culture?

      Pixie86 - 2012-06-28 02:33

      i'm so sick of white south africans and their 'typical africa' comments as if they haven't been in africa for over three hundreds and contributed to is current status! Crime happens everywhere and anyone is capable of crime! Get off your high horse!

  • serena.johnston.7 - 2012-06-27 12:28

    This was on News 24 yesterday! Got nothing better to report?

  • David - 2012-06-27 12:31

    Being a parent myself I sympathize deeply with this family however i cant help but wonder why one would risk venturing through world renowned danger zones with little ones? There is nothing wrong with adventure, but perhaps a bit of common sense and wisdom would've gone a long way here. A cheap lesson and one i hope the parents learn from. WOnder what the kids will remember more after this trip? The great African experience? Or the sheer terror of the hi jack? I would rather be at school thanks.

  • reratiloem - 2012-06-27 12:34

    I thank God for sparing the family's lifes,as hard as it is and the trauma you went through nothing is as valuable as human life. I hope alL goes well for the family.

      winston.mullany - 2012-06-27 13:17

      I think thats the difference between their criminals and ours, in SA they kill you, even for a cellphone!

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-27 14:25

      winston there was even an elderly african man killed over a loose cigarette, its insane

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-06-27 14:11

    There is no crime in Africa because there is nothing to steal. Everybody is poor but you white boys roaming around Africa with expensive equipment you'll be robbed. Ever heard of a rich black man taking a five month road trip around Africa???

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-06-27 14:24

      Africa is the birthplace of crime you leafeater.

      drishworth - 2012-06-27 14:37

      No - they don't take 5 month trips around Africa - African leaders just globe trot around the world spending money stolen from others..........

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-06-27 18:56 are your own worst enemy.

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-06-27 18:57 are your own worst enemy.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-27 17:06

    Aren't those kids supposed to be in school instead of having close shaves with bored army rebels.

      lotus.river.5 - 2012-06-27 18:29

      Also wondering how they managed to get an 11 year and a 7 year old out of school for 5 months!maybe they're home schooled

  • skabhu.babhebhe - 2012-06-28 08:49

    Big up to Zambian brothers, for teaching them a lesson

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