Anglo Boer Battlefields Tours
in KwaZulu Natal with the siege of Ladysmith, the killing fields of Spioenkop
and the Lancashire Regiments, Tugela Heights, Platrand and the Manchester's,
Talana Winston Churchill's train ambush site and his Pretoria prison,
Boer Forts of Pretoria, the British HQ of Melrose house and Beaker Morant's
Overview of the first Anglo Boer War.
In 1880 after the Boers in Pretoria rebelled
against British interference in the Transvaal,
Majuba (the Hill of Doves) on the Natal border was the place when
on the 27 February 1881 Gen Colley was mortally wounded, forcing
the British to sign a peace treaty, first at O'Neill's cottage
and later at Hilldrop House Newcastle. "Remember Majuba"
was the rallying cry by the British forces some 18 years later
during the second Anglo-Boer War of 1899 - 1902. After the battle
of Paardeberg 27 February 1900 and the surrender of Piet Cronje
with his 4000 burghers, President Paul Kruger
who was nearby at Poplar Grove, on hearing the bad news placed
his head into his hands and was heard muttering "they have
taken away my Majuba Day".
The second Anglo Boer War. On the 11
October 1899 the day after Paul Kruger's birthday, the little
Boer Republic of the Transvaal declared war against the Might
of the British Empire. We have tours to the Battlefields of Talana,
Spionkop, the siege town of Ladysmith,
Winston Churchill's armoured train ambush and
capture site as well as his Pretoria prison and the British HQ
of Melrose House - the signing of the peace accord of 31 May 1902.
Optional Anglo Boer Tour - The fall of
Pretoria was on the 5 June 1900, we can tour
this Capital City to visit one of the old Boer Forts, Melrose
House and Winston Churchill's prison, we can also trace a part
of Botha's retreat into the old "Eastern Transvaal"
with the Boer memorial of Delmanuthu, being recognized
as the last of the formal battles and the beginning of the Guerrilla
phase, Belfast and the grave yard, Lydenburg, Long Tom Pass and
the "Long Tom Gun" site as well as Paul Kruger's
last residence in South Africa before he departed for Europe to
muster support for the Boer cause in October 1900, this tour can
also be combined with the famous Kruger National Park.
Anglo Boer Tours - We travel towards
"Ladysmith to visit the the killing field of Spionkop
to take a tour of the Battlefield and explain the events that
took place which involved such people as Winston Churchill
and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Our first visit
in Ladysmith is to the Siege Museum with its excellent
diorama of the Ladysmith field of operation, to the north west
of the town we visit the site of Whites HQ with a commanding
view of the area. Leaving Ladysmith you visit the Churchill
memorial to see the armoured train ambush site which
led to the capture of young Winston. Travelling back over
the Tugela River to visit a part of the area collectively known
as the Tugela Heights and the last final push
to break the 118 day siege of Ladysmith. One of the accommodations
we stayover is on the Battlefield of Ladysmith. Optional
- you can also visit the capital of South Africa; Pretoria,
with one of the old Boer forts, Churchill's prison and
the British HQ of Melrose house with the signing of the
peace treaty in May 1902.
3 day (2 nights) Departing early morning
from Jo'burg we travel south towards Ladysmith to visit
the Spionkop Battlefield (Lancashire
Reg) and onto Ladysmith. In Ladysmith
we visit the Siege Museum with its diorama of
the field of operation, a short distance away is All
Saints Church where you can still see a shell hole made
by a "Long Tom", South of
Ladysmith you visit the Churchill memorial
to see the armoured train ambush site which led to the
capture of young Winston on 15 November 1899. Travelling
back over the Tugela River we visit a part of the area
collectively known as the Tugela Heights
and the last push to break the siege of Ladysmith.
4 day (3 nights) As above with
this extra day to visit Pretoria and Winston
Churchill's prison, one of the Boer Forts built
after the Jameson Raid in 1896 and the British HQ of Melrose
house and the signing of the peace treaty of 31 May 1902
and the final resting place of Breaker Morant.
Includes: accommodations, meals, entry
fees, return transfers Johannesburg / Pretoria.
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