The following guides are based in the Durban / Coastal areas


  • Battlefields
  • Zulu Culture
  • Wildlife/Birding/Nature
  • National Guide – Registered to guide throughout South Africa
  • Provincial Guide – Registered to guide in KwaZulu-Natal
  • Site Guide – Registered to guide on specific sites only
  • Special Focus – Special field if interest and speciality. Not all guides offer tours to all battlefields.
Arendse, Brandyne

Brandyne Arendse

  • Voortrekker, Zulu history, Anglo Zulu War, First and Second Anglo Boer War

Brandyne Arendse is a qualified battlefields guide for KZN. His passion for the history of this province has taken him to the remotest corners and investigated sites way of the beaten track. His wide knowledge of remote areas and seldom visited sites is remarkable and he is constantly out and about visiting sites and listening to the stories from people in these areas.


Tel: 082 775 2400


Baker, Warwick

Warwick Baker

  • Voortrekker, Zulu History, Anglo Zulu War, First and Second Anglo Boer War

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


Botterill, Don

Don Botterill

  • Anglo Zulu War, Second Anglo Boer War Battles

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


King, Colin

Colin Sellen King

  • Voortrekker, Anglo Zulu War, First and Second Anglo Boer War

Colin is a Provincial Guide, Culture and Nature for Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces as well as being registered as a Swaziland Tourist Guide.

Colin has been a registered guide since 1999. He has worked as both was a fulltime Guide and admin assistant with a Durban based Tour Company, and as a freelance guide in his own tour business. Viewfinder Guided Tours and Safaris. He guides guests of Thompsons Touring, Shaka Tours, Discover Durban Tours, Ricksha Tours, and Safaris for Africa on the Battlefields of KZN.

His personal interaction and association many other battlefield guides helped to develop his 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.


Tel:031 4640060

Cell:083 3037099


Parkinson, Chris

Christian Parkinson

  • Anglo Zulu War Battles

Christian Parkinson has a passion for military history and exploring the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. As well as guiding, he also runs the popular Redcoat History Podcast and YouTube channel which examines the campaigns of the British army during the Georgian and Victorian eras. His tours currently focus on the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. For more information, please visit his website


Cell:+27 60 991 8671


Smith, Kevin

Kevin Smith

  • Voortrekker, Zulu History, Anglo Zulu War, First and Second Anglo Boer War

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.

Tel: 084 555 9600


Van Schaik, Bryan

Bryan van Schaik

  • First and Second Anglo Boer War, Anglo Zulu War

Bryan has had a strong interest in the South Africa battlefields since high school days. He has studied anthropology and psychology through UNISA specialising in the Battlefields region. He is a registered guide for KZN and particularly the battlefields region. He has conducted many tours in the region over the past 15 years.


Cell:+27(0)78 519 4451

Tel/Fax:+27(0)31 207 2728


Wells, Sheldon

Shelldon Wells

  • Voortrekker, Zulu History, Anglo Zulu War, First and Second Anglo Boer War

Shelldon Wells is a tour guides based in the city of Durban, South Africa. He regularly takes 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