The following guides are based in the Durban / Coastal areas


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

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


Colin Sellen King

LINGUISTIC ABILITY: Fluent in English and Afrikaans.
Specialises in KWAZULU-NATAL, but also a Provincial Guide, Culture and Nature for Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces as well as being registered as a Swaziland Tourist Guide.

Colin qualified as a Tourist Guide in 1999 and commenced as a Freelance Tour Guide. From 2003, until early 2008, Colin was a fulltime Guide and admin assistant with a Durban based Tour Company. In 2008, he reverted to freelance guiding and as sole proprietor of his own touring business. Viewfinder Guided Tours and Safaris. He has association with Thompsons Touring, Shaka Tours, Discover Durban Tours, Ricksha Tours, and Safaris for Africa who request his services as a Battlefields Guide.

Personal interaction and association many of the other battlefield guides helped to develop an enthusiasm for the KZN Battlefields.

Colin is a dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate Tour Guide who thoroughly enjoys his Tourism involvement, particularly in the areas of Culture, Historical Battlefields and Wildlife.

2014 Nominee Lilizela awards.


Tel:031 4640060

Cell:083 3037099


Don Botterill

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. More information →


Tel:+27(0)031 764 3063 / +27(0)82 456 1805


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. More information →

Tel: 084 555 9600


Shelldon Wells

Shelldon Wells is a tour guides based in the city of Durban, South Africa. He regularly take visitors on guided tours to Rorkes Drift, Isandlwana and many other battlefields of the Anglo Zulu war. He offers options of day tours, overnight and multi-day tours and has a collection service from your accommodation in the Durban or surrounding areas. See website for further information.


Tel:+27 (0) 74 995 6669 / +27 (0) 31 762 3374

Warwick Baker

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