Berg Alert 2016
I remember that Chris Keit also said they got angry with them for not carrying cash when they got attacked last year. He suggested carrying a small amount of money to make them happy - no clue if that would actually help, though.
@ST: I also found that confusing - at first I thought they were 2 different incidents. Thanks for compiling that table - sad to see how many incidents are around RNNP. I most certainly won't stop hiking at full moon - there are more significant dangers in the Berg than attacks by people when your hiking includes pre-first light and post-last light. Hiking in thick mist at new moon last year taught me that!
That's what I was wondering as well. They didn't say you should give them money, but the muggers did a body search on them and got angry when they couldn't find any money. Their report on their mugging last year is somewhere on the Berg Watch 2015 thread .
Ranger wrote: @gaznavid:
I dont know about carrying money to give to the locals when threatened...I can only see that as encouraging crime to continue.
I imagine that fighting back makes things worse, but if you don't fight back, they realise that these attacks are easy and will keep doing them. But if you do fight back, they may get more violent and even start carrying firearms. Kind of a catch-22. I guess, at the end of the day, the only way to fix it is by getting prosecutions or getting the local chiefs to do something about it.
chriskeit wrote: My suggestions from this experience…
1. If attacked and you don’t have the upper hand to do anything, lie on the ground, face down, covering your head from rocks.
2. Be submissive as these guys were really very aggressive especially before we were tied up.
3. It might sound strange, but carry some cash with you. They were searching us hard for money (even our socks and jocks) and threatening when my mate didn’t have any cash with him. They didn’t quite understand that he had left his money back at the vehicle.
4. With regards to the path from Gxalingenwa and “the hub”, this junction is difficult to find which is why we carried on to the Pass where the incident happened. Apparently there is a cairn to mark the turn but with no trail (make sure you take this trail down to Gorge and Pholela.)
You had said that you feel you guys were prepared to react and feel that you reacted correctly, but do you feel you could have done anything differently?
1. What would you do differently to prevent being targeted and
2. What would you do differently should you have taken all precautions and still come under attack?
It's interesting that the attack happened so far from the amphitheatre. I would guess that this was a deliberate decision because the remoteness buys time for the attackers. Also I would expect these guys to repeat their tactics. In the passed attacks in a particular area went on for a few years. As long as these bad apples are around, they will try it on.
There's no way I would sleep in a tent in this broad region. The tactics are geared to tents.
Finally, as those involved have already noted, only chance meant that this attack was not murder. An incredibly similar incident near Ntonjelane pass about 30 years ago did end in death.