Guided weekend tour – Battlefields of the Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) on Ladysmith, Colenso and Spioenkop Battlefield sites.
12h00 (approx.): Check-in to accommodation venue. Over lunch, a full background “briefing” to prepare for the weekend.
14h30 to 15h30: The Siege Museum.
15h30 to 17h00: The Boer Monument on Platrand and a brief overview of the Battles of Caesar’s Camp and Wagon Hill.
17h00: Return to accommodation for drinks and dinner.
08h30: Depart for Frere – site of the British Camp during the campaign to raise the Siege of Ladysmith. After talking through the armoured train incident, where Winston Churchill was captured on 15 November 1899, go on to Clouston, Gen Buller’s Command Post during the Battle of Colenso;
10h30 to 12h30: The Battle of Colenso. Find out why, in the words of one military writer, this was the one battle in history that changed the way in which future wars would be fought forever. Re-live the dramatic attempts by heroic young men riding to save the guns. Share the agony of the doomed Irish Brigade trapped in the loop of the river.
12h30 to 13h30: Lunch at Colenso Club
13h30 to 16h30: The Battle of Spioenkop. The story of this so-called “acre of massacre” may lack the glamour of much other military conflict, but it nevertheless remains one of the best known battles of all time. It is a story of bungling; heroism and fortitude. The views from the summit are spectacular – to the Drakensberg and as far as Ladysmith. But, as the sun begins to set, more than anything, one is left with a feeling of the futility of it all.