Tag Archives: Johann Hamman

Spioenkop and other iconic destinations of the history tourist – the ramblings of a battlefield guide in Northern Natal

We are on the eve of celebrating our 15th year in the Kwazulu-Natal battlefield guiding industry. (Left-Isandlwana Mountain, taken from the Drift. One of the more ominous silhouettes in British Army history.)The industry has shown upward and downward curves, most … Continue reading

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My name is History, and my Art is War.

A battlefield tour is probably the last thing you are thinking about right now. I have been conducting battlefield tours in this part of the world for over twelve years now, and the people I have met many people lured … Continue reading

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The year 2017 – A review on the run

What it is all about. My trusty old Condor at the De Jagersdrift turn-off. I was on my way to the Blood River museum here. This year had proven to be an exceptionally good year, so far. To be quite … Continue reading

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The year of 2017 – a sign of things to come…??

The famed English writer, Ian Knight, on one of his regular tours to South Africa. He leads a comprehensive tour every year. Our own year at History’s walk started out as demurely as the one before, and the one after … Continue reading

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So, you want to do a Battlefield Tour…? here’s a few thoughts.

So, you want to do a battlefield tour in the far-off wastelands of the ancient Zulu Kingdom, do you….? Here is a pointer or two: I am a specialist military history guide, and I do battlefield tours. I am known … 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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“By the power invested in me, soldier…..”

For far too long have we neglected this treasure. David Rattray knew this from the beginning. I never saw eye to eye with him, but we were never enemies. There is a number of guides shaping and building their own … 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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