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 Post subject: Theft from forest huts - Natures Valley
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:31 pm 
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I've just got back from a stay in the forest huts at De Vasselot, Natures Valley. Sadly, our hut and two others were "illegally entered" and possessions stolen whilst we were out on a walk. Three cases of housebreaking were opened with SAPS.
Be warned - don't leave any valuables in your forest hut unattended. Also I would advise that you don't walk the Otter Trail alone... the next step in this line of crime is muggings.


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 Post subject: Re: Theft from forest huts - Natures Valley
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:00 pm 
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What a horrible experience. So sorry you had to go through it.
Hope your warning will help other people to be more aware of keeping their valuables safe.


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 Post subject: Re: Theft from forest huts - Natures Valley
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:37 am 
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shfish, I am so sorry to hear about this. :( Most unpleasant.

Thank you for the warning.

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 Post subject: Re: Theft from forest huts - Natures Valley
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:34 pm 
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Thank you shfish for the warning. We will be staying in the huts next week - will make sure to be extra vigilant.
If I may ask, how did they gain entry. Do the huts not have keys or did they gain access via the windows.

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 Post subject: Re: Theft from forest huts - Natures Valley
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:04 pm 
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Ag no man.

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 Post subject: Re: Theft from forest huts - Natures Valley
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:38 pm 
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Hi Munchkin
The access gained is a bit of a mystery. All three of our windows were standing open after the theft but undamaged!? So access could have been gained via the window or door.
By the way, when I said "don't leave your valuables in the hut", it's a bit more complicated than that. We even had clothing, ladies cosmetics and food stolen, so don't leave anything in the hut. Empty your hut when you go for a hike and park your car with all your possessions at the reception. Sorry, but that's how it is!


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 Post subject: Re: Theft from forest huts - Natures Valley
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This is not good as a person has to be vigilant all the time. Are there Security Officers on duty? The last time we visited Golden Gate National Park Security Officers were patrolling between the rondawels in Glen Reenen.

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 Post subject: Re: Theft from forest huts - Natures Valley
Unread postPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 7:14 pm 
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shfish, Thanks once again for the warning. Made a point of not leaving anything of value in the hut - rather locked it in the bakkie - also did not leave a window open and locked the door on every occassion - but I do recalll seeing a Security guard patrolling on one night. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Theft from forest huts - Natures Valley
Unread postPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:00 pm 
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Hi Munchkin

Thanks for the report back - glad to hear you got through unscathed! Yes, we did notice a security guard at night but he doesn't seem to be around at daytime which is when our theft took place. Unfortunately the huts are spread out over such a distance away from the reception that it will always be difficult to secure the end units. Enjoy the rest of your trip!


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