There are 40 Guides who cover a variety of sites and areas of interest and persons seeking a Guide are advised to check the whole list in order to select the most suitable Guides for their trip.
- Zulu Culture/ Culture
Alastair Heron – specialist, qualified Battlefield and Cultural guide who is in the process of reading History and Psychology through UNISA. Manager of family owned Spion Kop Lodge from where one is able to experience Tours of the Kwa Zulu Natal Battlefields. Other options available are: Birding, Sunset Boat Cruises, and HikingTrips to the San Rock Art Paintings.
Tel:+27(0)36 4881404 / +27(0)82 5730224/5
Alastair 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.
Tel:+27 34 642 1843 / +27 34 271 8051
Cell:+27 86 513 4717
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.
Tel:+27 34 642 1843 / +27 34 271 8051
Cell:+27 86 513 4717
Anthony Coleman was awarded the KwaZulu Natal Service Excellence Award – Best Tourist Guide of the Year, 2008-2009. He has led many general and specialist tours within KwaZulu Natal and South Africa and has established a reputation as a professional and accomplished Guide/lecturer with an easy going but informative manner. Anthony is also an accredited Trainer and assessor for Tourist Guides and is a qualified National Guide. He has consistently been complemented as being passionate knowledgeable and fair in his narration of the incredible events that have made our history the most remarkable in the world. TKZN 2008-2009.
Tel:+27(0)34 212 3401 / +27(0)72 204 2986
A trained, qualified and registered tourist guide No KZN 109, based in Nquthu, conducting guided tours of the following battlefields and related skirmish sites. Rorke’s Drift, Chief Sihayo’s homestead skirmish site, Isandlwana Battlefield, Fugitives Drift and Prince Imperial ambush site. Bethuel is also an expert on Zulu Culuture and has access to the rural community and can arrange for participation in village life.
Tel:+27(0)34 271 9170 / +27(0)83 531 0061
Fax:+27(0)34 271 9705
Bryan van Schaik
Has had a strong interest in the South Africa battlefields since high school days. Studied first year anthropology and psychology with UNISA specializing in the Battlefields region. Qualified guide.
Cell:+27(0)78 519 4451
Tel/Fax:+27(0)31 207 2728
Chris le Roux
Chris 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 on the Berea in Durban. He holds a BMil (Hons) degree in Military History from the University of Stellenbosch and had a successful career in the SA National Defence Force. He enjoys to present a balanced account of the battle at hand, based on historical facts and likes to support it with his knowledge on strategy and movement. He offers individual guiding services and tailer made tours backed by a tour company in Durban.
Tel:+27(0)31 309 1477 / +27(0)82 851 7750
Chris 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.
Tel:+27(0)82 464 2543
Lindizwe (Dalton) Ngobese, the great-great grandson of Inkosi (Chief) Sihayo, a major player in the Anglo Zulu War of 1879, and the great, grandson of Mehlokazulu, Sihayo’s son, who led a number of companies of the iNgobamakhosi Regiment which formed part of the left horn of the Zulu Army that triumphed at Isandlwana on the 22nd of January 1879. Dalton is a battlefields guide at Isandlwana Lodge that overlooks Mt. Isandlwana. Dalton regularly conducts walking tours of Isandlwana village taking guests to a typical homestead, the historic St. Vincent’s Church, the school or clinic, depending on one’s interest and always to see a Sangoma. Along the way Dalton explains the customs and culture of the Zulu people.
Tel:+27(0)76 134 3224
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.
Tel:+27(0)036 631 1131 / +27(0)82 493 5465
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. More information →
Tel:033 330 8390 / 083 449 7709
Don Botterill is a KZN registered tour guide specialising in one and two day tours to the Battlefields. His interest in Battlefields history stems from the involvement of his great grandfather who was sent to South Africa 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 single party groups 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 of the times as well as British Colonial attitudes.Don brings the battles back to life by explaining the strategies and retracting the footprints of the combatants and discussing the bravery and suffering of the men involved and examining the weapons of the time.
Tel:+27(0)031 764 3063 / +27(0)82 456 1805
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.
Tel:+27 34 642 1843 / +27 34 271 8051
Cell:+27 86 513 4717
Elisabeth 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. More information →
Tel:+27(0)34 212 1014 / +27(0)72 779 5949
Elizabeth (Liz) Spiret was born and educated in the UK. She served as museum assistant in the Siege Museum for 8 years, is a trustee of the Siege Museum and a committee member of Ladysmith Historical Society. Her particular interest is the Siege of Ladysmith and surrounding battles of the Anglo Boer War 1899-1902. She has conducted tours around these sites for many years.
Tel:+27(0)36 637 7702 / +27(0)72 262 9669
Evan Jones, based in Dundee is a full-time independant Tour Operator Registered in 1996, and a Registered Specialist Battlfields Tourist Guide since 1991. He is also a qualified general Guide for KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and Northern Cape Provinces, besides being a Guide Trainer and Registered Assessor. Over the past 17 years as a Tour Operator he has taken clients on tailor-made tours to all the battlefields in KwaZulu-Natal and during this period has led groups large and small; made up of Royalty, Stars of TV and Film, VIP’s, Army groups from all over the world, from Generals to Private’s, as well as the ordinary man in the street through his beautiful home Province of KwaZulu-Natal. His easy going, professional and informative presentations, bring out his long-held passion for the Battlefields and the Province where he lives and works.
He was the first South African to attain a badged status for the prestigious International Guild of Battlefield Guides. He has also been awarded Tour Operator of the Year by KwaZulu Natal Tourism, and also five consecutive 5 Star Customer service awards.
Tel:+27(0)34 212 4040 / +27(0)82 807 8598
Foy Vermaak was born and grew up in this once turbulent area. He has accumulated a comprehensive knowledge of the history and customs over the past 50 years. Although soft spoken the manner in which he tells his tales grips the imagination of the listener and makes the events of the battlefields come alive. An English, Afrikaans and Zulu linguist. Foy is a 12th generation South African and his ancestors took part in most of the wars and opening of the present South Africa. Maternal side great grand father was second in command at Blood river with all ancestors having actively taken part. Fought on Boer side in Anglo Boer war as Natal rebels. Foy’s late wife is descended from Dougald Mac Phail founder of the town of Dundee and one of the 17 survivors who escaped from Isandlwana. Sixth generation on family farm from where he operates the Penny Farthing Country House. Guides to Bloedrivier, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Hlobane, Talana, Helpmekaar and most Battlefields in and around Ladysmith. Has a good knowledge of the Canibal history and final battle which happened on his property.
Tel:+27(0)34 642 1925
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 collection of material relating to the battle of Elandslaagte.
Tel:+27(0)36 421 1860 / +27(0)82 734 3118
Henry Bird, a long time resident of Eshowe, is a Zulu culture, nature and history guide. His particularly forte is the Anglo Zulu War of 1879. He is also a provincial guide for KwaZulu-Natal. Registration no. KZN 0131.
Tel:+27(0)35 474 2348 / +27(0)82 484 7406
Johann Hamman is a KZN Provincial Guide who has a BA 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 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.
Tel:+27(0)82 267 2527
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. More information →
Tel: 084 555 9600
With a vast knowledge of the people, customs and language of the Zulu people, Mike specialises in Zulu cultural tours. Enter the heart of Zululand, visit homes of local people, experience their rural lifestyle and hospitality. An experience not to be missed.
Visit the Zulu war battlefields with him and absorb his stories of fear, courage and bravery of the men who fought on both sides, for their country.
Cell:+27 82 366 2639
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.
Tel: +27 34 642 1843 / +27 34 271 8051
Cell:+27 86 513 4717
Nicki von der Heyde
Nicki lives near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. She 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. These tours may be in a safari vehicle, on horseback or on foot and include cultural experiences and spectacular scenery. 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.
Tel:+27(0)31 767 4166
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.
Tel:034 2121697 / 072 0891323
Norman has relocated from the UK to Dundee, where he has a B&B. In the process he has become fascinated by the local history of events in and around Dundee. This fascination has led to meeting locals and collecting their stories, research into unusual aspects of the history and fascination with places not usually visited by tourists. So contact him for a different view into the history of the Dundee area, especially Fort Pine.
Cell:+27 79 023 0666
Pam MacFadden, 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 25 years. She has had 4 books published on the battles of the area. 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. She is an Honorary Life Member of the Battlefields Guides Association in recognition of all the years of guiding, training and promotion she has done for the area and professional tour guiding.
Tel:+27(0)34 212 2654 / +27(0)79 490 5933
Pat Rundgren has operated for many years as a registered military specialist guide in the Dundee area. Formerly in the Rhodesian Security Services, Pat is a collector of militaria and has just completed his second book. He regularly contributes articles to overseas military history and collectors magazines. He organises adventure tours, hikes, white water rafting, Zulu cultural and battlefields tours. More information →
Tel:+27(0)34 212 4560 / +27(072) 803 2885
Paul Garner is a guide with over 20 years experience leading tours in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, including expiditions in search of the Lost City of the Kalahari. These tours go under the unlikely names of The Lost Trails of Zululand and The Sounds of Beethoven in the Bush. He has an abiding passion for Africa, its history, fauna and flora, with a special interest in Birding, Battlefields and Rock Art. 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. He is also a lay minister in his local church.
Tel:+27(0)34 212 1931 / +27(0)82 472 3912
Pierre Duval has an unbelievable love for South Africa. Since a child he has grabbed every opportunity to explore the countryside. While specializing in nature, Pierre has an excellent 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.
Tel:+27(0)34 212 3216 / +27(0)82 466 8350
Piet van Rooyen
Piet van Rooyen has always been very interested in the history of South Africa. Living in Ladysmith, he has developed this interest and he conducts tours to Voortrekker and Anglo Boer war sites in the Ladysmith vicinity. He enjoys meeting people and believes that sharing the beauty and history of our country with them is a great privilege.
Tel:+27(0)82 887 5297
Owner of Spion Kop Lodge – Specialist South African War raconteur and registered guide will accompany you to the many historic sights of the KwaZulu Natal Battlefields. With his passion and unique ability, Raymond transports you back in time, using the theatre of the mind as he paints vivid pictures of the personal trauma and military mindset of the time, which resulted in the slaughter of so many British and South African Soldiers, enabling you, to relive the past that changed our future as you walk in the footsteps of great leaders. Kate Turkington refers to Raymond as “An Historian and Raconteur Supreme!” Daily Tours to the Battlefields.
Tel:+27(0)36 488 1404 / +27(0)82 573 0224/5
Rex Duke Has spent his life living in Zululand and has followed in the footsteps of his father Fred Duke, conducting guided tours to the eMakhosini ( Valley of the Zulu Kings), the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park (30km away) and the Anglo Zulu War of 1879, in which he specialises. Based at the uMuzi Bushcamp in the grounds of the Ondini Cultural Museum in Ulundi he is conveniently situated for tours of the Zulu Kingdom. Guide Registration No KZN0060.
Tel:+27(0)35 870 2500 / +27(0)082 825 6896
Rob Caskie works on a freelance basis involved heavily in lectures on the Anglo-Zulu War. Rob Caskie is a charismatic and engaging story teller whose imaginative talks are lifelike as he takes you through the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Based in Howick and is available to guests who wish to engage his services.
Tel:+27(0)82 4000 470
Ron Gold is based at the foot of Spioenkop and is a military history specialist. He has been taking personally hosted and group tours to all the battlefield sites in KwaZulu-Natal –Anglo Zulu War, Transvaal War of Independence, South African War, Voortrekker-Zulu for over 20 years. He is accomplished story teller and does lectures and talks as far afield as the USA.More information →
Tel:+27 83 556 4068
Ron Lock is an Honorary Member of the Battlefields Region Guides Association, and is a battlefield guide and lecturer of many years’ experience, leading tours to all the main battlefields – both Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer War – in KZN. Author of “Blood on the Painted Mountain”, “Zulu Victory: Isandlwana and the Cover-Up”, “Zulu Vanquished” and many articles on the Battlefields. He operates from Durban and specialises in tailor-made tours.
Shane Spargo is a Provincial Tour guide who has lived in Ladysmith for the past 48 years and has travelled extensively throughout South Africa. He has a passion for South African Military history, Anglo Zulu and the Anglo Boer Wars. He leads tours throughout Natal and the Drakensberg and offers the unique service of leading motor cycle groups in these areas. Shane is involved in the photographing and documenting of military graves, monuments and historical sites throughout South Africa.
Tel:+27(0)036 631 0930 / +27(0)82 800 0620
Simon Blackburn, with wife Cheryl co-owner of Three Tree Hill Lodge at Spioenkop. He has BSc Hons in Zoology and started guiding in 1994 – 10 yrs at Singita, 3 yrs Kwando Safaris, Botswana, 2 yrs at Three Trees at Spionkop. FGASA Level III DG Nature Guide, SATOUR Kzn Tourist Guide #112, Botswana qualified guide. Specialize in Walking Trails in Big 5 areas, and History of AB War with emphasis on Spionkop and Colenso PDP.
Tel:+27(0)36 448 1171 / +27(0)82 379 1864
Simon Haw has been taking tours since 1974. Most of these have been school tours and have covered sites as far away as Kimberley and Mafikeng. His career included twenty years of teaching mostly History. He was subsequently promoted first as an educational researcher and then for the last twelve years as a History subject advisor. He retired at the end of 2007 and is now an accredited KZN tour guide with a particular but not exclusive interest in battlefield tours. He is the author of For “Hearth and Home”: The story of Maritzburg College and “Bearing Witness” a history of the Witness newspaper, as well as contributing to a number of current History and Social Science textbooks.
Tel:+27(0)33 343 3847 / +27(0)82 824 8326
Thulani Khuzwayo is based at Rorke’s Drift and conducts tours of Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana and Fugitives’ Drift. Thulani is also an expert on Zulu culture and traditions.
Tel:+27(0)72 872 9782
Vincent is a Provincial Nature and Culture guide, (Reg no:1204) he grew up in the Ladysmith/Colenso area. Vincent conducts tours to all the Battlefields in KZN. (Spioenkop, Colenso, Ladysmith, Isandlwana, Rorke’s drift etc) Special interest is the digital capturing of all monuments, war graves and battlefield sites.
Tel:+27(0)36 631 0740 / +27(0)83 781 0740
Warwick Baker is a specialist battlefields guide based in Durban. His interest in battlefields of KZN stems from childhood. An avid collector of Africana, he has done considerable research over the years and presents a view that is totally unbiased. Warwick tailors tours to suit client’s needs. He is also a provincial guide for KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, wild life and rock art.
Tel:+27(0)31 267 1163 / +27(0)82 417 5248
Wilfred Mchunu is an avid enthusiast of the Zulu people with a vast amount of knowledge of their history and culture. Wilfred conducts tours to many historical Zulu and Zulu war sites as well as Zulu cultural sites such as eMakhosini (the Valley of the Kings), Dingane’s Kraal and the Battle of Ulundi.
Tel:+27(0)79 868 9229