Discover the Battlefields


Discover the Battlefields

Welcome to our new  web page, which we hope will inspire you to embark on a tour of historical exploration, in the company of knowledgeable guide Nicki von der Heyde, author of ‘Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa’ (Struik, 2013). Nicki graduated from the University of Cape Town having read English and History, and later taught history at high school. After raising a family, she combined her love for travel and South African war history by making a career of guiding British visitors through the battlefields. Nicki now lives near Underberg, in KwaZulu-Natal where she spends her time researching and writing; as well as arranging and guiding tours through the battlefields or the old Trappist mission stations. Renowned for her expert knowledge and passion for the subject, she is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an honorary life member of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society.

Nicki von der Heyde

Nicki is available to give talks or to guide groups wishing to visit the battlefields.

Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa
Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa

Comprehensive, compelling and vividly illustrated, the Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa is an indispensable tool for professional and amateur military historians as well as anyone interested in exploring South Africa’s fascinating history.

To order a signed book please send Nicki an e’mail.

In her ground-breaking book,  Nicki presents 71 battles covering three wars and a series of conflicts that shaped the course of South Africa’s history – from the colonial clashes that characterized the 18th and 19th centuries to the 2nd Anglo-Boer War of 1899–1902.  It is the first on-the-ground practical guide to the battlefields.

Written by an expert and verified by two academic historians, informative and lively accounts of the engagements are provided, with special attention given to the context, action, outcomes and principal combatants involved. Arranged in provincial and regional order, the Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa includes an array of special features that allow for an enthralling and multilayered account of the battles:

580 historical and modern photographs and illustrations

80 illustrated timelines

60 fact and feature boxes

16 customised, annotated battle maps

10 regional locator maps as well as unique battle maps.

Detailed directions to each site

GPS co-ordinates for inaccessible locations


Join John & Teresa Edmond and Nicki von der Heyde on a Battlefields Tour with great entertainment each evening by John Edmond singing battlefields songs and lively battlefield presentations each day by specialist battlefields guide Nicki. The next Battlefields Tour with John Edmond is scheduled for May 25th to 28th 2017. There is limited space so book your place now.

For more details see our John Edmond Tour Page
To listen to John's music, visit his website

Teresa and John Edmond and Nicki von der Heyde
Teresa and John Edmond and Nicki von der Heyde


Tel: +27 33 7012285
Fax: +27 86 4350677

Mobile: +27 826534166 (Nicki)


P.O.Box 382
KZN, 3257
South Africa

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