In Mpumalanga, South Africa, the Weimershoek Valley on the R540 is close to where a lot of military action took place in the Anglo-Boer war.
Tales of pain, compassion, intrigue, cover-ups, humour, sadness and humour are related as one travels the route taken by Boer and Brit all those years ago. The Anglo- Boer war was fought over large stretches of South Africa between 1899-1902. The two main role players, the British and Afrikaners, had been at loggerheads since the 17th Century, causing the Boers to trek north from the Cape Province in 1838, mainly concentrating in Natal. In 1843 the British annexed Natal resulting in the Boers trekking again to land that was to become the Transvaal and the Orange Free State independent republics. The catalyst for war was the discovery of gold in the Transvaal Republic in 1886 as the two protagonists fought over this glittering prize. War was declared on 11 October 1899. It was to be one of the longest, costliest, bloodiest and most humiliating wars that Britain had ever been involved in.
"...the modern Boer-the most formidable antagonist who ever crossed the path of Imperial Britain. Our military history has largely consisted in our conflicts with France, but Napoleon and all his veterans have never treated us so roughly as these hard-bitten farmers with their ancient theology and their inconveniently modern rifles." Arthur Conan-Doyle.
Let a local historian bring history alive by visiting the Mpumalanga Battlefields on a half-day or full-day battlefields tour and then stay over in the area exploring the many tourist attractions that the Mpumalanga Highlands has to offer- followed by a short trip to the Kruger National Park.