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Saturday 10th October to Sunday 11th October, includes midnight vigil on Bergendal Battlefield
R3 250 per person sharing (Tour opening special) 

Saturday 31st October to Sunday 1st November: Halloween Adventure
R3 250 per person sharing for 31st Oct Tour for bookings before or on Friday 09 October
R3 750 per person sharing for the 31st Oct Tour for bookings after Friday 09 October – Booking now for the 31st will be at the Tour opening special price of R3 250pp sharing


This is a battlefield tour which uncovers the untold stories behind the four last conventional battles of the South African War (previously known as the Anglo-Boer War) in the old Transvaal Republic between June and August 1900. We also visit the Helvetia battlefield – the first major conflict during the guerrilla phase of the war in Mpumalanga.

Where there are battlefields, there are ghosts, and we will visit five places on the battlefields where paranormal activity has been documented and even photographed! The highlight of the tour will be a midnight vigil on the Bergendal Battlefield to record the appearance of the ghostly lovers – a Boer girl and a British soldier – who appear on the night of 10th October every year. There have also been reports of the sounds of horses galloping through the battlefield, that suddenly appear and then disappear as quickly.

This unique tour includes one night’s overnight accommodation near the Bergendal Battlefield, as well as teas and picnic lunches on three different battlefields and one old British Prisoner-of-War cemetery. Safe and free parking is provided in a central and secure hospitality venue – the SleepOver Motel at Lanseria International Airport. Here you will board the bus for an unforgettable two day’s adventure and entertainment hosted by specialist battlefield tourist guide and internationally published South African War author, Rob Milne, as well as National adventure tourist guide, Rickus Groenewald.

We begin our adventure by driving through the Kalkheuwel and Sesmylspruit Battlefields, where the first and second battles for Pretoria took place. Rob will introduce you to the personalities who were there and later became famous – Lawrence “Titus” Oates, Generals Allenby and de Lisle, and Major Lee. We will also hear about the ghostly guardian of the Kalkheuwel Battlefield – Rob will show you his video footage later - during the midnight vigil on Bergendal Battlefield.

On our way to Belfast and the Bergendal Battlefield we will pass through the Diamond Hill Battlefield where the two armies clashed for two days on 11th to 12 June 1900. At Belfast we visit the grave of one of the ghostly lovers – a British soldier - and then move to the Bergendal Battlefield for a picnic lunch. Here we cover what happened when the Army of Lord Roberts and the Army of General Buller converged and hit the ZARPS on Bergendal kopjie. Here we will pay tribute at the small British military cemetery, as well as the grave of the Boer woman – the ghostly lover.

Our next stop is Waterval Onder where we investigate the story of the British Officer and the Nurse whose ghosts are sometimes seen under the huge gumtrees at Krugerhof – President Paul Kruger’s last residence in the Transvaal Republic. We will also pay our respects at the grave of the Officer, Lt Lawlor.

We then drive down to the old British Prisoner-of-War camp cemetery (Nooitgedacht) near Airlie Station and hear the tragic story of Major MacGregor at his graveside. The last time that his ghost appeared (in broad daylight) was to impart a warning. Rob will cover the story and the outcome of the warning.

We retrace our route through the scenic Elands River Valley to our Guest Lodge for the night, speculating about the “Kruger Millions” which disappeared in the Valley as the Boers retreated in July 1900. We have dinner at the Lodge before proceeding to the Bergendal Battlefield for our vigil and ghost sighting. Whilst we are waiting for the apparition, Rob will entertain you with photos and video footage that he has taken of ghost sightings and paranormal activities. These include Bergendal Battlefield itself, as well as Kalkheuwel Battlefield, Major MacGregor’s warning, Nooitgedacht Battlefield as well photographs and ghostly sounds at Paul Kruger’s Boekenhoutfontein farmhouse.

After a leisurely breakfast, the following day we visit the Helvetia Battlefield – the scene of the night attack on the British garrison by General Ben Viljoen. Here the British Commanding Officer, Major Cotton, received a nasty head wound and surrendered his position early in the fight. Although he eventually recovered, he was court-martialled and punished for the surrender. His ghost has been seen on the farm road, where he helpfully opens the gate for passers-by!

On our way to Pretoria we visit the Diamond Hill Battlefield and enjoy a picnic lunch in the Boma, next to the British Military cemetery. We pay our respects at the grave of the 11th Earl of Airlie who was killed at the head of his Regiment, the 12th Lancers, in a cavalry charge to save the guns of “Q” Battery. His headstone has a most remarkable epitaph, which has two hidden meanings which took much research to uncover. More remarkable, on the night before he was killed, the resident ghost of his ancestral home, Cortachy Castle, was heard beating his drum – a traditional warning that one of the family was about to die. 

Our final visit is to the Church Street cemetery and Hero’s Acre in Pretoria where a pleasant surprise awaits us! Rob will also highlight a few controversial personalities buried there: Hans Cordua, General Hendrik Schoeman, Breaker Morant, Rider Haggard’s illegitimate daughter, and Jopie Fourie.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This tour is a fully accommodated tour and linen is provided.  

Our price includes all transport, food, coffee, tea, accommodation, walks, entry fees and permits, group equipment and two registered tourist guides.

The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, curios, tips, and meals whilst in transit to and from Johannesburg. Before departure, clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance which you can also obtain directly from the Junglers Adventure Tour website.

At time of going to print the above itinerary was correct but we continually strive to offer our clients the best available tour options and as such we reserve the right to change aspects of the itinerary at our discretion. During the validity of the published itinerary conditions will change, roads are improved or deteriorate often opening up new routes, contracted camps and accommodation facilities change standards, optional activities become available or are discontinued, new border posts open and old ones become congested, etc.  We are continuously monitoring all the factors that make up a successful tour and as such will make amendments to the published itineraries if circumstances demand or if we believe that the change will enhance the tour. 
 

Rob Milne

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Rob Milne was born in Johannesburg and educated at St. David's Marist College and the University of the Witwatersrand. From an early age he spent most of his free time in the veld exploring South African battlefields and historic places, developing a keen interest in both South African Wars, archaeology and geology.

Rob Milne
Writer/Tour Guide