Accredited and Registered Tour guides
Anthony 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.
Pierre Duval has an unbelievable love for South Africa. From childhood he has used every opportunity to explore the South African 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).
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. 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.
Johann 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.
Phone him at 082-267-2527, look at his website www.historyswalk.co.za
NORMAN LEVERIDGE Based in Dundee, Norman has done extensive research on the Battle of Talana and conducts tours 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.
034 2121697 / 072 0891323
Pam 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 40 years.
She has had 5 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 comprehensive account "Reminiscences by the Men Who were there" of men who fought in the 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.
Pat Rundgren is your choice for a slightly unorthodox tour of the Northern KZN battlefields.
Fugitives Drift based guides
MPHIWA 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.
+27 34 271 8051 or +27 87 285 1172 +27 86 513 4717 Email:
DOUGLAS 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.
KawZulu Natal based
DESMOND 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.
033 330 8390 / 083 449 7709 Email:
Don 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.
DANIE 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.
Glenn Flanagan 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 enchant you with her knowledge and dedication.
She was a senior french lecturer at the Durban institute of Technology, based at the Pietermaritzburg campus.
Kwazulu-Natal best tourist guide of the year 2005- 2004.
Based at the base of Spioenkop, 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, Blood River
Longer Tours include an overnight in or near Dundee: Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) Talana, Elandslaagte and Rietfontein
Anglo Zulu War (1879) iSandlwana, Rorke's Drift and the Fugitives Trail
Contact: +27 33 263 1908; Mobile: +27 83 556 4068
George 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 personal collection of material relating to the battle of Elandslaagte.
Wilfred 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 and 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.
Elizabeth (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 20 years. Liz regularly presents fascinating talks on various aspects of the siege and relief of Ladysmith.
KEVIN 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.