Well what a great day to start our tour. Introduced to Pieter our South African guide, and Pheelo our driver we headed for Rhenosterkop. On the way Pieter gave a great talk on the history and economy of the region. At Rhenosterkop John gave a talk on the battle where troops from all the Australian colonies and New Zealand were involved together for the first time in combat. Then to the site of Langverwatch Hill near Stoffberg where we had been asked to collect a soil sample for the NSW War Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney. Alan, our American guest ably assisted by John, did the honours collecting the first of six such samples.
Our last stop for the day was at Middelburg Cemetery where we saw the names on the central plinth and graves of those who died at Wilmansrust and Grobelaar Recht, sites we will visit tomorrow. The concentration camp grave markers stood sentinel to human cruelty. Many thanks to the Highveld Tourism Mpumalanga for getting us access to the Cemetery.
Our Hotel at Emalahleni had changed its name from Protea to Fortis but nonetheless was of a high standard.
Tomorrow we head south to Wilmansrust, Grobelaar Recht, Onverwacht and Ermelo.