Category Archives: Personal

A veteran tourist and battlefield guide….

After Rob Gerrard’s memorial service at St. Vincents’ a few observations of this event and the people involved in this business made me think about the profession of battlefield guiding. There are currently three distinct groups of guides operating on … Continue reading

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The Silent Ones

The last shots in our border war in Namibia and Angola were fired in 1989, maybe even 1990. Many of us were there. Many of us were not there. The hundreds of thousands of us that were there, and did … Continue reading

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A battlefield analysis with the 4th Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s at Isandlwana

The Duke of Lancaster’s, on the right, with Lt.-Col. Lighten on the right. We briefly, applied the following principles to each of the two battles mentioned, and discussed and absored it as the day allowed. Permit me to state that if … Continue reading

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Touring the Kwazulu-Natal battlefields – a current perspective from a battlefield guide…

Yes, that is me, standing next to the Covenant wagon at the site of the Battle of Blood River. Like I have said, I tour any Natal battlefield you can think of, (that is not further than a day’s ride, … Continue reading

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Tripadvisor – a special curse, or misunderstood marketing tool.

We have all had that moment when that first negative review appears on whatever booking site you and your establishment may find itself.  We at History’s Walk B&B were negatively reviewed in 2009 by an American visitor and his girlfriend, … Continue reading

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Touring the KZN Battlefields this winter…

It is turning out to be a very mild winter in the Battlefields so far. We have been blessed with perfect weather, albeit somewhat chilly in the late afternoon and at night, but the days have been glorious so far. … Continue reading

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Touring the Kwazulu-Natal Battlefields – A Happy Little B&B in Dundee Part 7

Well, it had to come. We were dumbstruck by a collossal increase in the fuel price of over 60 cents per litre last week. This now means that I have to fork out almost a thousand bucks to fill up … Continue reading

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Touring the Natal battlefields – A Happy Little B&B in Dundee Part Four

The sun exceeded itself today. The surge of the heat, coupled with the humidity, added a little extra rush to the promise of climatological violence that will be inflicted upon you if you should step outside in an unthinking moment. … Continue reading

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Touring the Natal Battlefields – A Happy little B&B in Dundee Part Three

Well, we got our letter out in the Weg magazine, and tonight we have a full house…! All Dinner, Bed and Breakfast clients.  The sun is slowly melting into a palette of reds and yellows, patiently retiring over what will soon … Continue reading

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A Professional Battlefield Guide – some personal opinions

Any good battlefield guide, especially in KZN, will know that guiding clients around any battlefield in the province is one of the most intellectually stimulating pastimes in the country. This small group of men and women are among the best in the world at what they do, and I believe my following opinion will explain why Continue reading

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