Ladysmith / Colenso / Estcourt / Midlands
The following guides are based in the Ladysmith / Colenso / Estcourt / Midlands areas
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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