08h00 – 08h30 Meet at Rhino Park Airfield – the Mount Perry Diner. -25.832057, 28.538974
08h30 – 09h00 Overview of the Battle of Diamond Hill/Dorkerhoek by expert Battlefield Guide, Rob Milne.
Short drive on good farm road to view Mors Kop and Tigerpoort and discuss their strategic importance during the battle.
View the Rhenosterfontein and Kleinfontein Ridges where most of the fighting took place.
See where General Botha extended a water furrow at the base of the ridge by digging a long trench – reinforcing it with sangars (skanse) and gun emplacements.
Explore the old alluvial diamond washing area near the base of the gorge before the group splits into two parties.
The fitter members of the tour group will follow the gorge up the ridge which Winston Churchill discovered and signalled the way forward to General Ian Hamilton, whilst concealed only 70 meters below a key Boer Fort.
The others will explore the Boer defences at the base of the ridge and see where the Earl of Airlie was killed whilst leading the 12th Lancers in their charge to save the guns of “Q” Battery.
12h30 return to the Restaurant for lunch.
14h00 drive to the Military Cemetery at Kleinfontein and hear the story of David Ogilvy, the 11th Earl of Airlie, and how his death was foretold by the sounds of the drum played by the ghostly drummer of Cortachy Castle the night before the battle.
The fitter members of the group can climb up the ridge to see the Boer Memorial and explore the Boer sangars and gun emplacements made 121 years ago. The others will hear anecdotes about the fall of Pretoria and the battle of Diamond Hill in the shelter of the big open rondavel until 16h00.