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    I've been a bit quiet on this site over the last year, party because I'm behind with everything - no change there! - and partly because I have been developing a Facebook group ('Ian Knight's Anglo-Zulu History Group' - check it out!). So now I have some catching up to do!

     First up is some news about forthcoming tours.

   In September this year I shall be leading a small specialist tour with Paul Marais, withi whom I've been involved in organising tours for nearly twenty years now (if anyone can get you there Paul can!). We call these tours the ‘Uncut Tour’ because they are designed to compliment the full TCE tour but to soak up various aspects of the story which cannot be covered in our other itinerary. These tours are particularly suited to those enthusiasts who have visited the main sites before, and now want to explore some of the more specialist history in depth (although each Uncut tour does end in a grand finale exploration of the iSandlwana and Rorke’s Drift campaign!). Although we have a basic itinerary in mind we can be more flexible with this tour, and will try to incorporate special requests where we can. This tour is usually smaller – around eight people – and we will do more walking, investigating sites on foot as far as possible. The tour includes a number of places which are not available on other historical itineraries. Paul and I have run variations of this tour several times before and have a number of satisfied customers, several of whom are members of this group. We will have a costing shortly – but please note this tour starts in DURBAN and ends in JOHANNESBURG – you will need to arrange your own flights and we will meet you at the airport. Please also note that it helps if you can bring along an adventurous spirit – some of these sites are off the beaten track and do require the odd long haul down bumpy roads! If anyone is interested please let us know.

Day 1 25th September; meet at Durban, transfer to overnight accommodation at Princes Grant resort, Umhlanga.

Day 2 26th Sept; from Princes Grant drive out to explore the Middle Thukela – Forts Buckingham and Cherry, hopefully Lt. D’Ombrain’s grave, Kranskop, Middle Drift. Overnight Princes Grant.

Day 3 27th Sept; Visit John Dunn’s grave, then drive towards Mkhuze, visiting the Zulu Civil War battlefield of Msebe along the way. Overnight at Ghost Mountain Inn.

Day 4 28th Sept; Visit King Dingane’s Grave and explore the Ghost Mountain, site of the battle of Tshaneni, and the ancestral burial ground of the Ndwandwe kings. Overnight at Ghost Mountain Inn.

Day 5 29 Sept; Leave Mhkuze to drive to the spot in the Ngome forest where King Cetshwayo was captured; oNdini royal homestead, and on to overnight at Ithala.

Day 6 30 Sept; explore the battlefield of Hlobane, visiting the graves of Campbell and Lloyd, then exploring the Ityenka Nek area where Weatherley’s Border Horse came to grief.

Day 7 Monday 1st October; The Khambula battlefield.

Day 8 2 October; A more flexible day – rest at Ithala game reserve, or drive out to explore the route by which the Zulu army approached Hlobane.

Day 9 3 Oct; Drive to iSandlwana for three days exploring the campaign in detail (including Rorke’s Drift). At present we are flexible with this part of the itinerary but in the past we have walked into the Ngwebeni valley, followed the lines of advance of both Zulu horns on foot, explored the dongas surrounding the camp, walked from Rorke’s Drift to iSandlwana, climbed to the spot where Lt. Milne looked back at the camp, explored inkosi Sihayo’s stronghold,and followed the route of the rocket battery. We will be based at Isandlwana Lodge for the remainder of the trip and can accommodate requests to visit particular areas.

Day 10 4 Oct; iSandlwana

Day 11 5 Oct; iSandlwana

Day 12 6 Oct; iSandlwana

Day 13 Sat 7 Oct ; return to Johannesburg for your flight home.



   The price is £3400 per person for twelve nights (including all accommodation, food and transport, and fully guided throughout) with a single supplement of £220. Please note that this DOES NOT include flights as we begin and end in South Africa - you will need to make your own flight arrangements.