Talana Museum South Africa  


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Accredited and Registered Tour guides

 

DesmondDESMOND ARMSTRONG  Based in Howick, Desmond has a strong affiliation for his Irish roots and the Irish connection with the battlefields of KZN. A tour with him brings out of the Irish blarney, poetry and tales of the men and their links with the “home country”. Over thirty years of reading about and travelling around the area has given him an extensive knowledge of the battlefields from a very different perspective.

CONTACT     Tel:033 330 8390 / 083 449 7709  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Don-BotterillDon Botterill is a KZN registered guide specialising in one and two day tours to the Battlefields. His interest stems from the involvement of his great grandfather who was sent to SA as part of Lord Chelmsford's forces in 1878 resulting in four generations of his family becoming born and bred KZ Natalians. Don's tours are personalised, in a reliable and comfortable vehicle with all permits and licences in place. Visitors gain a true understanding of Zulu and Boer history and culture as well as British Colonial attitudes. Don brings the battles back to life by explaining the strategies and retracing the footprints of the combatants and discussing the bravery and suffering of the men involved and examining the weapons.       Contact tel: 031-7643036 Cell: 0824561805 Fax: 031-7641246 e-mail:

ACAnthony Coleman has led many general and specialist tours within KZN and South Africa and has established a reputation as a professional and accomplished Guide/Lecturer with an easy going but informative manner. A member of the Battlefields Guides Association and of the British Guild of Battlefield Guides, Anthony is also an accredited Trainer and Assessor for Tourist Guides and is a qualified and registered National Guide.
He has consistently been complimented as being passionate, knowledgeable and fair in his narration of the incredible events that have made our history the most remarkable in the world.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Tel 034-2123401 Cell: 072 2042986

 

image003DANIE DU PREEZ  Danie du Preez is a Provincial Tour guide (KZN 1191). He has travelled throughout Southern Africa hitchhiking, camping, caravanning, motor biking and obviously by car. Guiding offered to Anglo Boer, Anglo Zulu and Voortrekker battlefields and sites (Spionkop, Colenso, Islandwana, Rorkes drift, Blood River, Blaauwkrans, etc). He also offers Nature and Cultural guiding, giving you the opportunity to also enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the Drakensberg, Zululand and the cultural diversity of its people.
CONTACT Tel:+27(0)036 631 1131 / +27(0)82 493 5465  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Lis Durham 2120Elisabeth Durham was born in France and regularly conducts tours in both English and French. She is also available as a translator for French speaking groups. She conducts tours to Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Talana, the site where Louis Napoleon, Prince Imperial of France was killed. Tel/Fax: 034 212 1014 Cell: 071 1127788   e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 KarenKaren Duval has an unbelievable love for South Africa, and was born in the Cape. Since a child she has grabbed every opportunity to explore the countryside. While specializing in nature, she has a good knowledge of the country's historical and cultural side.
She is one of the few tour guides that are accredited on a national level, allowing her to tour the whole country. She has been guiding full time since 1998 for BushBaby Safaris.
Contact: Karen Duval Address: 110 Victoria Street, Dundee, 3000 Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web Address : http://www.bushbaby.co.za   Tel & Fax : +27 (0)34 2123216 Cell: +27 (0)82 415 4359


PierrePierre Duval
has an unbelievable love for South Africa. From childhood he has used every opportunity to explore the SouthA frican countryside. While specializing in nature, he has a good knowledge of the country's historical and cultural side.
He is one of the few tour guides that are accredited on a national level, allowing him to tour the whole country. He has been guiding full time since 1998, and is the owner of BushBaby Safaris. Pierre is an accredited member of the following associations: Dundee Tourism, KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority and PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of South Africa).
Contact:  Pierre Duval Address: 110 Victoria Street, Dundee, 3000 Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Web Address : http://www.bushbaby.co.za Tel & Fax : +27 (0)34 2123216 Cell: +27 (0)82 466 8350

GlensGlenn is the project initiator of the French presence in South Africa: a cultural tourist research development project for Kwazulu-Natal and founded LA ROUTE DU PRINCE IMPERIAL, LOUIS NAPOLEON. But most importantly Glenn is a down to earth person and will enchante you with her knowledge and dedication. She is a senior french lecturer at the Durban institute of Technology, based at the Pietermaritzburg campus. So as you can imagine Glenn has a full time table, you will have to contact her well in advance. Kwazulu-Natal best tourist guide of the year 2005- 2004.
Contact: Glenn Flanagan 033 342 4599 Cell 082 677 9997 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Paul"I saw the battle unfolding in front of me as though related by someone who was there."
Paul Garner is a guide who has an abiding passion for Africa, its history, fauna and flora, with a special interest in the Anglo -Zulu War Battlefields, Bushman Rock Art and Birding. He has over 30 years experience leading tours in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Paul offers tours of the Battlefields, the Kruger National Park and the Game Reserves of Kwa-Zulu Natal, as well as unique experiences staying with a Zulu family in the Valley of the Cannibals. He is an Honorary Officer of KZN Wildlife, an active member of The Wildlife and Environmental Society, The Endangered Wildlife Trust, Birdlife South Africa, and The South African Archaeological Society.  For tours with a difference contact Paul at 034 2121931, 082 4723912, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


RonGoldBased in Mooi River and a member of the Midlands Meander, Ron Gold undertakes day tours to any of the following battlefields:
Willow Grange, Frere (ie the British Camp and the Armoured Train incident), Colenso, Ladysmith (the Siege, Caesar's Camp and Wagon Hill), Ntabamnyama, Spioenkop, Vaalkrantz and the Thukela Heights ·Voortrekker/Zulu period (1838) Rensburg's Kop, Saai Laager and Blaauwkrantz  Longer Tours include an overnight in or near Dundee: Anglo Boer War (1899-1902)  Talana, Elandslaagte and Rietfontein, Voortrekker/Zulu period (1838) Blood River 
Anglo Zulu War (1879)   iSandlwana, Rorke's Drift and the Fugitives Trail Contact: 
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Contact: +27 33 263 1908; Mobile: +27 83 556 4068

EvanDundee Heritage Tours is an independent owner managed business  based in Dundee. Established in 1996, Evan Jones has developed a stable, reputable and dynamic tour company.
From humble beginnings in local tourist guiding, they now offer a variety of authentic tourism services within the 'The Zulu Kingdom", the Free State & Northern Cape. Primarily thier area of attention has been the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, but they cover the whole province including the two World Heritage Sites of the uKahlamba (Drakensberg) National Park and the St Lucia Wetland Park and everything between. Through turbulent and amazing socio-political-economic changes in South Africa we have remained committed and grown consistently every year.
Contact: Tel / Fax: +27(0)3421 24040 Mobile: +27(0) 82 0807 8598 Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.battleguide.co.za

 

CLRChris le Roux is an accredited National Tour Guide, all provinces. (KZN 160) He was born in Dundee, matriculated at Pinetown High School and at present resides in Durban on the Berea. He holds a B Mil (Hons) degree in Military History from the University of Stellenbosch and he had a successful career in SA National Defence Force. He enjoys  presenting a balanced account of the battle at hand, based on facts, and likes to support it with his knowledge on strategy and movement. He offers individual guiding services and also tailor made tours backed by a tour company based in Durban.

Contact:27 31-2016301   Mobile:27 82 851 7750    eMail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

JohannJohann Hamman is a KZN Provincial Guide who has a B.A. degree in Military History, as well as two Masters degrees in Law and Political Science. He has guided people from around the world to several Anglo Zulu War and Boer War battlefields in Kwazulu-Natal and the Free State, and passionately believes that a people who denies its history, does not deserve its future. He has four ancestors who fought in the battle of Blood River, two who fought at Magersfontein and one who fought on Spioenkop. He is a former Namibian police officer, born in Windhoek, Namibia, and he travelled extensively in Europe, and jointly operates with his wife Michele out of his B&B called History's Walk, in Dundee.

Phone him at 082-267-2527, look at his website www.historyswalk.co.za

 

AlistairLamontALASTAIR JAMES LAMONT Alastair spent 5 years as a game ranger in the Eastern Cape. Alistair is General Manager of the Fugitive’s Drift Lodge one of the guides based at the lodge.
CONTACT   Tel:+27 34 642 1843 / +27 34 271 8051   Cell:+27 86 513 4717    Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

NormanNORMAN LEVERIDGE   Based in Dundee, Norman has done extensive research on the Battle of Talana and conducts over this battlefield. He is also a registered FGASA guide and is extremely interested in and knowledgeable on birds of the region. He has many years experience in conducting tours in game reserves and conducts birding tours and tours in the reserves around Dundee.

CONTACT     Tel:034 2121697 / 072 0891323    Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

George120George Mitchell-Innes lives on his farm at Elandslaagte and from this base conducts guests on tours of the Elandslaagte battlefield and other sites in the Ladysmith area. He has an excellent collection of material relating to the battle of Elandslaagte.

Tel:036 4211860 Cell: 082 734 3118 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Foy1 PENNY FARTHING BATTLEFIELD TOURS  Tour the Famous Natal Battlefields with Foy Vermaak (KZN 0495) who was bom and grew up in this once turbulent area and has accumulated a compehensive knowledge of the History and cultures over a period of 60 years.
He is soft spoken and delivers his balanced message, with patience, in a style that grips the attention of ever listener to make the Battlefields come alive. Foy gained his knowledge from his family who were amongst the first settlers in the area and were directly involved. His late wife was descended from Dugald McPhail who was a founder of the town of DUNDEE and a survivor from the battle of Isandlwana.
Contact: PO Box 1358 Dundee 3000 Tel: +27 34 6421925 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Pam McFadden 2120Pam McFadden, a graduate of the University of Natal and University of South Africa, has done considerable field research into the military conflicts fought in KwaZulu-Natal and has regularly conducted tours around these sites for the past 35 years. She has had 4 books published on the battles of the area. In conjunction with Pat Rundgren they have published books on "Dundee Men At War" (Dundee in the First world War), republished the Delville Wood memorial book, the Bailey Diary and a comprensive account "Reminiscences by the Men Who were there" of men who fought int he battle of Talana. As Curator of the Talana Museum since 1983 she has been responsible for the development of the museum and battlefield which is acknowledged as being one of the finest in South Africa.
Tel: 034 21 22654 Fax: 034 212 2376 Cell 079 490 5933  
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WilfredWilfred Mchunu (Reg No KZN1137) is based in Vryheid and offers tours on Zulu customs and traditions, to the Anglo Zulu war sites, Blood River/Ncome, Umgungunhlovu, eMakhosini an the valley of the Kings.He has been guiding since 2005. He spent a number of years as curator of the Anglo Zulu war museum at Mtonjaneni Lodge. Tel: 034 9332709        079 8689229      e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

MpiweMPHIWE NTANZI   His passion for the Anglo-Zulu war began at an early age after having been told the stories of both his Grandfather and Great Grandfather’s bravery fighting for the Zulu’s during the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
This has equipped him with unique accounts and knowledge of this part of South African history. He is part of the Fugitive’s Drift team.

 

CONTACT   Tel: +27 34 642 1843 / +27 34 271 8051    Cell:+27 86 513 4717   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IMG8384Norman Parkinson   Based in Dundee, Norman takes his guests to battlefields and other sites in the Dundee area. He has a deep interest in the history of this area and the town of Dundee.

CONTACT    Tel: 079 023 0666  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


AndrewrattreayANDREW RATTRAY Andrew is passionate about all things wild and especially Fugitives Drift, where he grew up, and its flora and fauna of which he has an intimate knowledge. He is a fluent Zulu speaker and an enthusiastic fisherman. Andrew spent his childhood sitting at his father, David’s, feet and listening to his stories of the Anglo Zulu War and has always shared his father’s enthusiasm for the history of the area and for the Zulu people.

CONTACT    Tel:+27 34 642 1843 / +27 34 271 8051   Cell:+27 86 513 4717  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

douglasrattrayDOUGLAS RATTRAY Wildlife/Birding/Nature. Doug has a Diploma in Nature Conservation, which has given him a solid grounding in animal and plant biology, ecology and resource management of South African ecosystems. From a very early age Doug has been interested in all matters military, particularly the Anglo Zulu War, and like Andrew, shared his father, David's enthusiasm for the history of our area.
Doug is passionate about Fugitives' Drift and takes a keen interest in the wild life management, he is a very good mountain biker and an enthusiastic skier.

CONTACT Tel:+27 34 642 1843 / +27 34 271 8051 Cell:+27 86 513 4717 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Pat2Pat Rundgren is your choice for a slightly unorthodox tour of the Northern KZN battlefields. Born in Kenya and growing up in Bechuanaland and Rhodesia, he has nearly 10 years infantry experience, coupled with a love of and deep knowledge of the battles, the bush and Zulu culture. He has written numerous articles on military subjects and militaria collecting for overseas publications, has contributed to several books and is currently busy with his fourth book, on Rhodesia. His wide ranging knowledge and over 20 years guiding experience will bring events alive tohis listeners. His book "What REALLY happened at Rorke's Drift?" has been sold out. The books on Isandlwana and Talana books gone into a number of reprints.Contact: 034 212 4560 or 072 803 2885  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

LizElizabeth (Liz) Spiret was born and educated in the UK. She has travelled extensively. Liz was a museum assistant in the Ladysmith Siege Museum for 5 years and is a long-standing committee member of the Ladysmith Historical Society as well as a trustee of the Siege Museum Trust. Her particular field of expertise is the 118-day siege and relief of Ladysmith and related battles, which took place during the Anglo Boer War of 1900-1902. She has been conducting tours around these sites for over 12 years. Liz regularly presents fascinating talks on various aspects of the siege and relief of Ladysmith.
Tel. 036-6377702 or Cell 072 262 9669 Fax: 036-6372992 Email:
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ChrisvanCHRIS VAN SCHALKWYK  Chris van Schalkwyk a retired school teacher has had a passion for South African history since his school days. He purchased and restored part of the historic Easby farm, used by both General Louis Botha and General White during and after the siege of Ladysmith. He conducts tours to battlefields, and historic places throughout KwaZulu Natal.

CONTACT     Tel:+27(0)82 464 2543     Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

KevinSmithKEVIN SMITH  Kevin Smith was a schoolmaster at Kearsney College for 30 years where he organised and conducted many safaris/tours throughout South Africa and overseas. He is a qualified and registered National Tour Guide, KZN 1894, and is able to guide you through all nine South African Provinces. His love for, and interest in, the environment, both past and present, has led him into taking safaris through Battlefield Sites and Game Reserves throughout Southern Africa. Kevin provides a Personal Brochure for each client with photographs taken at the various monuments and then cut + pasted into notes, maps and diagrams of each of the battles visited. Together with detailed information on all Battle Sites in the country and from the constellations of our night sky in terms of astronomy and astrology to biogeography, ecology, animal, bird identification to trees in term of names, traditional uses and superstitions, Kevin is able to bring your surroundings both past and present to life.
CONTACT    Tel: 084 555 9600    Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Website:www.sansafaris.co.za

nickivonderheyde120Nicki von der Heyde (BA FRGS) Campaign Trails. Nicki graduated from the University of Cape Town having read English and History, and later taught history at high school. After raising a family, she combined her love for travel, horses and South African war history by introducing tours of the battlefields on horseback for the first time. Researching these routes led to the re-discovery of old trenches, gun emplacements, wagon trails, graves and other relics that she is now able to share with those wishing to explore the battlefields with her. Nicki arranges tours and excursions through the Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer war battlefields and is renowned for her expert knowledge and passion for her subject. . She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an honorary life member of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society. She has three times been awarded “Tour Operator of the Year” award. This was in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
CONTACT    Tel:
+27(0)31 767 4166    Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Website:www.campaigntrails.co.za