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 wife Cheryl co-owner of Three Tree Hill Lodge at Spioenkop.
He has BSc Hons in Zoology and started guiding in 1994 – 10 yrs at Singita, 3 yrs Kwando Safaris, Botswana, 2 yrs at Three Trees at Spionkop.
FGASA Level III DG Nature Guide, SATOUR Kzn Tourist Guide #112, Botswana qualified guide. Specialize in Walking Trails in Big 5 areas, and History of AB War with emphasis on Spionkop and Colenso PDP.


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

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)34 212 3216 / +27(0)82 466 8350

Gold, Ron

Ron Gold

  • Spioenkop, Ladysmith and Relief of Ladysmith Battles

Ron Gold is based at the foot of Spioenkop and is a military history specialist. He has been taking personally hosted and group tours to all the battlefield sites in KwaZulu-Natal –Anglo Zulu War, Transvaal War of Independence, South African War, Voortrekker-Zulu for over 20 years. He is accomplished story teller and does lectures and talks as far afield as the USA.


Tel:+27 83 556 4068

Garner, Paul

Paul Garner

  • Anglo Zulu War Battles

Paul Garner is a guide with over 20 years experience leading tours in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, including expiditions in search of the Lost City of the Kalahari. These tours go under the unlikely names of The Lost Trails of Zululand and The Sounds of Beethoven in the Bush. 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 Honorary officer of KZN Wildlife, an active member of The Wildlife and Environmental Society, The Endangered Wildlife Trust, Birdlife South Africa and the South African Archaeological Society. He is also a lay minister in his local church.


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

King, Colin

Colin Sellen King

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

LINGUISTIC ABILITY: Fluent in English and Afrikaans.
Specialises in KWAZULU-NATAL, but also a Provincial Guide, Culture and Nature for Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces as well as being registered as a Swaziland Tourist Guide.

Colin qualified as a Tourist Guide in 1999 and commenced as a Freelance Tour Guide. From 2003, until early 2008, Colin was a fulltime Guide and admin assistant with a Durban based Tour Company. In 2008, he reverted to freelance guiding and as sole proprietor of his own touring business. Viewfinder Guided Tours and Safaris. He has association with Thompsons Touring, Shaka Tours, Discover Durban Tours, Ricksha Tours, and Safaris for Africa who request his services as a Battlefields Guide.

Personal interaction and association many of the other battlefield guides helped to develop an 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.

2014 Nominee Lilizela awards.


Tel:031 4640060

Cell:083 3037099

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 certainly 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 embarked on his first UK tour in June 2019. During this tour, he gave several independent talks at various organisations, spoke at a large private event at Chelsea Old Town Hall, and was an invited guest to speak at the well-regarding Chalke Valley History Festival.


Tel:034 271 8051 / 087 285 1172

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