Battlefields Region Guides cover a variety of sites and areas of interest and persons seeking a Guide are advised to check the whole list in order to select the most suitable Guides for their trip.


  • 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.
Armstrong, Des

Desmond Armstrong

  • Voortrekker, Second Anglo Boer War

Based in Howick, Desmond has a strong affiliation for his Irish roots and the Irish connection with the battlefields of KZN. A tour with him brings out of the Irish blarney, poetry and tales of the men and their links with the “home country”. Over thirty years of reading about and travelling around the area has given him an extensive knowledge of the battlefields from a very different perspective.


Tel:033 330 8390 / 083 449 7709

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

Blackburn, Simon

Simon Blackburn

  • Spioenkop, Ladysmith and Relief of Ladysmith Battles

Simon Blackburn, with his wife Cheryl co-owner of Three Tree Hill Lodge at Spioenkop.
He studied Zoology and started guiding in 1994, with experience at Singita ( 10 years), Kwando Safaris (3 years), Botswana, and many years at Three Trees at Spioenkop.
He is a FGASA Level III DG Nature Guide, SATOUR KZN Tourist Guide #112, Botswana qualified guide and specialises in Walking Trails in Big 5 areas, and the historical sites of the Anglo Boer War in the Ladysmith area, with particular emphasis on Spioenkop and Colenso.


Tel:+27(0)36 448 1171 / +27(0)82 379 1864

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

Caskie, Rob

Rob Caskie

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

Rob Caskie works on a freelance basis involved mainly in lectures on the Anglo-Zulu War. Rob Caskie is a charismatic and engaging storyteller whose imaginative talks are lifelike as he takes you through the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. He is a guest lecturer on tours to the Antarctic and Alaska. Based in the Western Cape and is available to guests who wish to engage his services.


Tel:+27(0)82 4000 470

Coleman, Anthony

Anthony Coleman

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

Anthony Coleman was awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Service Excellence Award – Best Tourist Guide of the Year, 2008-2009. He has led many general and specialist tours within KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa and has established a reputation as a professional and accomplished Guide/lecturer with an easy going but informative manner. Anthony is also an accredited Trainer and assessor for Tourist Guides and is a qualified National Guide. He has consistently been complemented as being passionate knowledgeable and fair in his narration of the incredible events that have made our history the most remarkable in the world.


Tel:+27(0)34 212 3401 / +27(0)72 204 2986

Durham, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Durham

  • Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift, Prince Imperial, Blood River

Elisabeth Durham was born in France and regularly conducts tours in both English and French. She is also available as a translator for French speaking groups. She conducts tours to Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Talana, the site where Louis Napoleon, Prince Imperial of France was killed.


Tel:+27(0)34 212 1014 / +27(0)72 779 5949

Duval, Pierre

Pierre Duval

  • Anglo Zulu War Battles, Second Anglo Boer War

Pierre Duval has an unbelievable love for South Africa. Since a child he has grabbed every opportunity to explore the countryside. While specializing in nature, Pierre has an excellent knowledge of the country’s historical and cultural side. He is one of the few tour guides that are accredited on a national level, allowing him to tour the whole country. He has been guiding full time since 1998, and is the owner of BushBaby Safaris.


Tel:+27(0)82 466 8350

Friend, Sean

Sean Friend

  • First and Second Anglo Boer Wars, Anglo Zulu Wars

Sean Friend is a Specialist History Guide based in Newcastle. He takes tours to the 1879 Zulu War and 1899 Boer War sites, but Majuba Mountain and the battles of the Transvaal War of Independence are his current favourites. He also conducts tours to Hlobane, Kambula, Ntombe Drift and other sites in the Vryheid area, as he spent many years living in Vryheid.

He also does lectures on the South African defence Force (SADF) in the Angolan / SWA Border War.


Tel:+27 82 367 9100

Garner, Paul

Paul Garner

  • Anglo Zulu War Battles

Paul Garner is a guide with over 30 years’ experience leading tours in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, including expeditions in search of the Lost City of the Kalahari. He has an abiding passion for Africa, its history, fauna and flora, with a special interest in Birding, Battlefields and Rock Art. He is an active member of The Wildlife and Environmental Society, The Endangered Wildlife Trust, Birdlife South Africa and the South African Archaeological Society.


Tel:+27(0)34 212 1931 / +27(0)82 472 3912

Gordon, Allan

Allan Gordon

  • Anglo Boer War Battles

Allan Gordon is a registered tour guide who has a passionate interest in the battles of the South Africa African War, the Anglo-Zulu War and the First Boer War. He is a keen amateur historian and an accomplished and avid collector of military medals. Through his passion for medals, their history and their owners, Allan offers a unique, fascinating and interactive battlefield touring “experience-with-a-difference”.


Tel:+27 82 455 9279

Hamman, Johann

Johann Hamman

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

Johann Hamman is a KZN Provincial Guide who studied Military History, as well as Law and Political Science. He has conducted many people to the Anglo Zulu War and Boer War battlefields in Kwazulu-Natal and the Free State. He passionately believes that a people who denies its history, does not deserve its future. He has four ancestors who fought in the battle of Blood River and one who fought on Spioenkop. He is a former Namibian police officer, born in Windhoek, Namibia, and he travelled extensively in Europe.


Tel:+27(0)82 267 2527

Haw, Simon

Simon Haw

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

Simon Haw has been taking tours since 1974. Most of these have been school tours and have covered sites as far away as Kimberley and Mafikeng. His career included twenty years of teaching mostly History. He was subsequently promoted first as an educational researcher and then for the last twelve years as a History subject advisor. He retired at the end of 2007 and is now an accredited KZN tour guide with a particular but not exclusive interest in battlefield tours. He is the author of For “Hearth and Home”: The story of Maritzburg College and “Bearing Witness” a history of the Witness newspaper, as well as contributing to a number of current History and Social Science textbooks.


Tel:+27(0)33 343 3847 / +27(0)82 824 8326

Heron, Alistair

Alastair Heron

  • Spioenkop and Ladysmith Area

Alastair Heron is a qualified Battlefield and Cultural guide who has studied history and psychology. He is the manager of family owned Spion Kop Lodge, who offer Tours of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields.

They also offer tours that include Birding, Sunset Boat Cruises, and Hiking Trips to the San Rock Art Paintings.


Tel:+27(0)36 4881404 / +27(0)82 5730224/5

Heron, Raymond

Raymond Heron

  • Spioenkop and Ladysmith Area

Raymond is the owner of Spion Kop Lodge. He is an Anglo Boer War raconteur and registered guide. His tours focus mainly on the events around the battle of Spioenkop and in the Ladysmith area of the KwaZulu Natal Battlefields. With his passion and unique ability, Raymond transports you back in time, using the theatre of the mind as he paints vivid pictures of the personal trauma and military mindset of the time, which, enables you, to envisage the past that changed the future of our country.


Tel:+27(0)36 488 1404 / +27(0)82 573 0224/5

Horn, Vincent

Vincent Horn

  • Ladysmith and Relief of Ladysmith Battles

Vincent is a Provincial Nature and Culture guide, (Reg no:1204) he grew up in the Ladysmith / Colenso area. Vincent conducts tours to all the Battlefields in KZN. (Spioenkop, Colenso, Ladysmith, Isandlwana, Rorke’s drift etc)

Special interest is the digital capturing of all monuments, war graves and battlefield sites.


Tel:036 631 0740 / 083 781 0740

Jonker, Pierre

Pierre Jonker

  • Ladysmith Area

Qualified Battlefield Guide, Pierre also holds an honours degree in Geology.

From an early age he read military history, specifically the Anglo Boer War and the Second World War. Whilst Geology has taken him to many parts of the world, he has now found that the years of interest has an outlet at Three Tree Hill Lodge, where Pierre is the resident Battlefield Guide. He has also benefited greatly from mentors Ron Gold, Simon Blackburn and author Dr Robert Davidson.


Tel: 082 379 1864

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

Leveridge, Norman

Norman Leveridge

  • Talana Battle

Norman Leveridge works at Talana museum as a part time research assistant and archivist. He has always been interested in the history of the area as he lives on a historic farm and has a passion about military uniforms and the blockhouses of the Anglo Boer War.

Working with documents in the archives has given him unique access to local and detailed information about the battlefield sites.

He is also a registered nature guide.


Tel:081 809 7243

Masuku, Bornwell

Bornwell Masuku

  • Talana Battle

Bornwell Masuku is the collections manager and education officer at Talana Museum. He has shown considerable interest in the museum collections and in explaining them, particularly to school groups.

He has a deep interest in Zulu cultural history, the battlefields and coal mining.


Tel: 073 385 7382

McFadden, Pam

Pam McFadden

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

Pam McFadden, a graduate of the University of Natal and University of South Africa, has done considerable field research into the military conflicts fought in KwaZulu-Natal and has regularly conducted tours around these sites for over 40 years. She has had 4 books published on the battles of the area. As Curator of the Talana Museum from 1983 – 2022 she was responsible for the development of the museum and battlefield, which is acknowledged as being one of the finest in South Africa. She is an Honorary Life Member of the Battlefields Guides Association in recognition of all the years of guiding, training and promotion she has done for the area and professional tour guiding and is also the Chairperson of Battlefields Guides Professional Association.


Tel:+27 79 490 5933

Mitchell-Innes, George

George Mitchell-Innes

  • Elandslaagte Battle

George Mitchell-Innes lives on his farm at Elandslaagte and from this base conducts guests on tours of the Elandslaagte battlefield and other sites in the Ladysmith area. He has an excellent collection of material relating to the battle of Elandslaagte.


Tel:+27(0)36 421 1860 / +27(0)82 734 3118

Mncube, Bryan

Bryan Mncube

  • Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift, Fugitives Drift

Bryan Mncube was brought up in Rorke’s Drift. Since his childhood, he has done a lot of travelling and working in Europe and in a number of other countries within Africa. He comes from a Marketing and Logistics background, but has always been passionate about South Africa’s remarkable history – in particular the history surrounding the Zulu War, and about sharing these amazing stories of human courage and endeavour with the world.

There are many powerful lessons that are to be extracted from these subjects. Bryan has learnt that the stories that he tells on the Battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are not just stories about conflict; but are about human beings, and about compassion. For Bryan, being back home and telling his home stories, sharing this platform with the best lecturers in the field, and being part of keeping the legacy of David Rattray alive through the magic of the story, is an absolute honour.


Tel:034 271 8051 / 087 285 1172

Ntanzi, Mphiwa

Mphiwa Ntanzi

  • Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift, Fugitives Drift

His passion for the Anglo-Zulu war began at an early age after having been told the stories of both his Grandfather and Great Grandfather’s bravery fighting for the Zulu’s during the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.

This has equipped him with unique accounts and knowledge of this part of South African history. He is part of the Fugitive’s Drift team.


Tel:034 271 8051 / 087 285 1172

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

Rattray, Douglas

Douglas Rattray

  • Anglo Zulu War Battles

From a very young age, Doug had an interest in all matters military; particularly the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. He shared his late father’s enthusiasm for the rich history of our area. Doug is passionate about Fugitives’ Drift, having returned at the age of 24 after having completed his diploma in nature conservation.

Following in David’s footsteps, Doug has done numerous international lectures of the Anglo Zulu war and the battlefields in KwaZulu-Natal.


Tel:034 271 8051 / 087 285 1172

Ross, Colin

Colin Ross

Colin Ross is a registered guide and member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides. With his military background he puts a soldier’s perspective on his battlefield walks and talks, which are known for their client interaction, humour and enjoyment as characterised in his popular Battlewalks social media posts.



Pat Rundgren

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

Pat Rundgren has operated for many years as a registered military specialist guide in the Dundee area. Formerly in the Rhodesian Security Services, Pat is a collector of militaria and has just completed his second book. He regularly contributes articles to overseas military history and collectors magazines. He organises adventure tours, hikes, white water rafting, Zulu cultural and battlefields tours.


Tel:+27(0)34 212 4560 / +27(072) 803 2885

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

Spargo, Shane

Shane Spargo

Shane is a provincial Battlefield and culture tour guide. He has lived in Ladysmith for the past 60 years and has a passion for all aspects of history in the area and the Drakensberg. He regularly conducts tours to Voortrekker, Zulu War and Boer War battlefields and sites. He has a special interest in digitally capturing monuments, battlefields and war graves throughout South Africa.

He also has a special interest in and an extensive knowledge of Aviation history in South Africa and Natal.

Tel: 082 8000 620

Spiret, Liz

Elizabeth Spiret

  • Ladysmith and Relief of Ladysmith Battles

Elizabeth (Liz) Spiret was born and educated in the UK. She served as museum assistant in the Siege Museum for 8 years, is a trustee of the Siege Museum and a committee member of Ladysmith Historical Society. Her particular interest is the Siege of Ladysmith and surrounding battles of the Anglo Boer War 1899-1902. She has conducted tours around these sites for many years.


Tel:+27(0)36 637 7702 / +27(0)72 262 9669

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