The following guides are based in the Dundee / Rorke’s Drift / Isandlwana areas

Specialities

  • Battlefields
  • Zulu Culture/ Culture
  • Wildlife/Birding/Nature

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.

Contact

Tel:+27 34 642 1843 / +27 34 271 8051

Cell:+27 86 513 4717

Email:reservations@fugitivesdrift.com

Andrew 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:reservations@fugitivesdrift.com

Anthony Coleman

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.

Contact

Tel:+27(0)34 212 3401 / +27(0)72 204 2986

Email:tonytish@worldonline.co.za

Website:www.battlescenes.co.za

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.

Contact

Tel:+27 34 642 1843 / +27 34 271 8051

Cell:+27 86 513 4717

Email:reservations@fugitivesdrift.com

Elisabeth Durham

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 →

Contact

Tel:+27(0)34 212 1014 / +27(0)72 779 5949

Email:dundee1@telkomsa.net


Evan Jones

Evan Jones, based in Dundee is a full-time independent 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.

Contact

Tel:+27(0)34 212 4040 / +27(0)82 807 8598

Email:battleguide@telkomsa.net

Website:www.battleguide.co.za

Foy Vermaak

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.

Contact

Tel:+27(0)34 642 1925

Email:foy@pennyf.co.za

Website:www.pennyf.co.za

George Mitchell-Innes

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.

Contact

Tel:+27(0)36 421 1860 / +27(0)82 734 3118

Email:mitchellinnes@mweb.co.za

Johann Hamman

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.

Contact

Tel:+27(0)82 267 2527

Email:johann@historyswalk.co.za

Lindizwe Ngobese

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.

Contact

Tel:+27(0)76 134 3224

Email:lindizwe.ngobese@gmail.com or

ldngobese@vodamail.co.za

Mike Nel

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.

Contact

Cell:+27 82 366 2639

Email:mike@dundeekzn.co.za

Mphiwe 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:reservations@fugitivesdrift.com

Norman 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:bellgray@webmail.co.za

Norman Parkinson

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.

Contact

Cell:+27 79 023 0666

Email:lastpost.dundee@hotmail.com

Pam McFadden

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.

Contact

Tel:+27(0)34 212 2654 / +27(0)79 490 5933

Email:info@talana.co.za

Website:www.talana.co.za

Pat Rundgren

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 →

Contact

Tel:+27(0)34 212 4560 / +27(072) 803 2885

Email:gunners@trustnet.co.za

Paul Garner

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.

Contact

Tel:+27(0)34 212 1931 / +27(0)82 472 3912

Email:garner@jenny.co.za

Pierre Duval

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.

Contact

Tel:+27(0)34 212 3216 / +27(0)82 466 8350

Email:pierre@bushbaby.co.za

Website:www.bushbaby.co.za