Special limited tours

Dates for 2016

Friday 16 September 2016
Saturday 12 November 2016

There is a very different atmosphere to the museum at night – and yes the ghosts do walk here.

View the Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer exhibits with commentary by your guide. Ann Smith will welcome you to her home on the slopes of Talana hill and you will join her in the Edwardian drawing room of her home. Hear her tales of life on the frontier and how her family coped with the battle that raged across the farm.

Then move out under the full moon on to the battlefield and to experience unforgettable tales of this first battle of the Anglo Boer War of 189-1902.
A picnic hamper of delicious food reminiscent of the bygone era will be enjoyed in the museum grounds (includes wine in your personalised tin mug), before departing to your local B&B.

Cost per person R290 p/p.

For more information and booking contact Talana Museum – info@talana.co.za.

You may wish to add to this tour by making a weekend of it.

Full weekend package – Use own vehicle to sites – guide will travel with you and book your accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights from one of the recommended establishments attached.

Saturday
Depart 8:30am for a full day on the Anglo Zulu War battlefields.

Accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable guides from Dundee, travel via Malonjeni and the site of the First World War soldier settlement scheme, to Nqutu and then view Isandlwana battlefield from the Nqutu heights. This is the commanding position from where the Zulu commanders controlled the battle. At St Vincents Mission visit the museum and then proceed onto the battlefield.

Feel the atmosphere and experience history come alive as you follow your guide across this blood drenched battlefield.

Travel on to Rorkes Drift, en route hearing the tale of the skirmish at Sihayo’s kraal on 11 January and the story of Henry Harford and his beetle.
Crossing the Buffalo river allow your imagination to travel back in time and see the soldiers crossing on the pont where you are in your vehicle.
Enjoy lunch at Rorkes Drift hotel and as you sit on the deck looking out over the Buffalo river let your mind’s eye wander back in time and picture the area swarming with red coated British soldiers and fierce Zulu warriors. Location, location,location!

Rorkes Drift – the name echoes down through history. Relive this epic battle as your guide walks and talks you around the battlefield, the walled British cemetery and the Zulu mass burial sites.

Your return to Dundee will enthral you with more tales as you travel either up the Helpmekaar heights or past St Augustines’s church (a superb missionary church), with time for a quick visit.

Discuss your options with the guide on booking whether you wish to visit Mangeni Falls or Fugitives Drift (this is only because of time constraints) and your return route. All these sites have amazing stories and atmosphere. Hear not only the history but the local traditions related to these sites.
Back in Dundee for your overnight accommodation.

Sunday
Follow your guide on a walk through Dundee’s past as you follow elements of the Dundee Heritage Trail – if only the buildings could talk and not just your guide! Anglo Boer War, coal mining, Mohandas Gandhi, the Rev Bailey – a kaleidoscope of history, events and exciting tales.

Then on to Talana Museum and see it in day light. Another rewarding experience. Finish the tour with a wonderful Sunday buffet lunch in the Miners Rest restaurant at Talana Museum, before departing for your home. An amazing weekend to share with friends.

Cost p/person full weekend including moonlight tour R 995p/p.

This excludes accommodation, transport, drinks unless specified and person expenses.

Numbers of persons accepted on these tours are limited to 15 due to the access for the game drive on the full moon part of the tour.