“If you want a similar experience in Johannesburg to that of hearing stories of the Zulu battles, spend a day with Robin Binckes” - The Late David Rattray, Master Storyteller.
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Thank you for all your insight and knowledge, which will really help with our documentary. Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2, Great Britain.
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Welcome to Spear of the Nation Tours, specialised tours of Johannesburg and South Africa
Robin’s tours of Johannesburg and surrounds are an experience not to be missed. Visitors and South Africans alike have described a day with Robin as being a life changing experience. Robin tells the history in vivid and entertaining form, calling on his own experiences to illustrate the past, as well as anecdotes which are both moving and entertaining.
Global Vision AwardSpear of the Nation, a one-man tour guiding company, has become the first South African company to be awarded a prestigious "Global Vision Award" by the largest travel and leisure publication in the United States of America. Read more...
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Canvas under the Sky by Robin Binckes
“An epic historical blockbuster....
It is 1834. The Eastern Cape frontier is burning. Rauch Beukes, a young Boer of seventeen,
returns home to find that the marauding Xhosa have invaded from across the Great Fish River. So
begins a tale of violence and warfare, of love and lust across racial divides, all painted against the
sweeping backdrop of the Boer migration north into the hinterland that became known as the
Great Trek, the result of British duplicity and injustice.
The dramatis personae are Boer and Brit, Xhosa, Griqua, Matabele, Zulu and Cape Malay slaves:
from the Xhosa chief Hinsta, Colonel Harry Smith, the Zulu tyrant Dingaan, to the Boer trekkers
Potgieter, Trichardt, Retief, Maritz, Cilliers and of course, Pretorius. And in young Rauch’s life are
three astonishing women: Amelia, the daughter of an English settler; Marietjie, the beautiful meisie
from Graaff-Reinet; and Katrina September, the sensual ex-slave.
Robin Binckes was born in East Griqualand, South Africa in April 1941. After matriculating in
Umtata, Transkei, he did his national service at the South African Navy Gymnasium, Saldanah
Bay. In 1970 he opened his own PR company to promote major sporting events ranging from
international cricket to Formula One Grand Prix during the period of sports isolation. In 1990 he
started The Gansbaai Fishing Company and spent ten years in the food industry. During the
violence that swept this country in 1993 he volunteered as a peace monitor in the townships.
Sparked by the passion of the late historical orator David Rattray, he qualified in 2002 as a
historical tour guide, which he does in the Johannesburg–Pretoria region through his company
‘Spear of the Nation’.
.... enjoyable, convincing story wrapped in dramatic, well-researched history”
— John Gordon Davis, bestselling author of Hold My Hand I’m Dying
Speciality Day Tours
- All tours are personalized and exclusive to your group (time and date and programme to suit yourself)
- Robin conducts all tours personally.
- Tours are carried out in a luxury Volkswagen Sharan vehicle with air conditioning (should your group be more than 6 people, an appropriate vehicle is hired).
- All prices are inclusive of refreshments, lunch (full day) and all entrances.
- Full insurance is carried.
Day and half day tours are available. A minimum of two passengers is required for each tour. Make your own tour - see the places to visit while on tour...