There will be a re-enactment of the Battle of Isandlwana on 23 January at 10:00 (Zulu time). We are going to use this occasion for a tour guide educational but it will also be open to the public and tourism office staff members who may wish to join us. See the proposed programme below:
- 8:45 Meet at Talana Museum (there is secure parking if you wish to leave a vehicle under cover for the day) Tour guides who have vehicles that can help with transport please let me know who will attend and can provide seats in their vehicles.
- If you are coming from elsewhere meet at Isandlwana in front of the main memorial at 9:45. Please let me know who and how many so that we can make arrangements and also so that we do not start without you.
- If you wish to add information or give a talk please contact me to be included in the programme.
- Bring chair, shade, drinks and picnic lunch. We will fit lunch in according to timing of the day.
- While we wait for the re-enactment or if it is on time then afterwards we will look at the following elements and information of the battle of Isandlwana
- The “myth” of the dark sky as a result of the eclipse of the sun Norman Leveridge
- A walk along the firing line – what was found in the 2000 dig. Is this the correct position? Does it make military sense? Pat Rundgren
- A walk to the Shepstone burial site Pat Rundgren
- A look at some of the reminiscences of men who were there (from the archives of Talana Museum)
S B Jones
- A look at some of the illustrations from the time - where was the artist when he drew these ?
- Lay wreath at memorial to British and Zulu soldiers.
- Travel to Rorkes Drift hotel for drinks and snacks on the deck overlooking the Buffalo river.
- Travel on to St Augustines Mission church with a talk on the history of the building and Archdeacon Johnson of Zululand.
- Back to Dundee.
Timing will be flexible as there is a full moon that evening – depending on the weather.
Chairperson: KZN Battlefields Tour Guides Association