Halt is situated in the Weimershoek Valley
close to where a lot of military action took
place in the Anglo-Boer war. Bring history
alive by visiting the Mpumalanga Battlefields.
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.
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