Museum in KZN calling all scare seekers for ghost walk

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Dundee
Dundee

Keen for a spooky adventure?

In a bid to draw local visitors to the town, the Ghost Walk — held every October 20 (the anniversary of the Battle of Talana) — offers a unique ‘adventure tourism’ opportunity for Dundee.

“The evening walk up Talana Hill does not only attract battlefield buffs but also mystics, so-called ghost hunters and those keen to break their usual routine,” said Pat Rundgren, Talana Museum Board Chairperson.

“Previous ghost walkers have earnestly recounted experiences of hearing the pitiful keening sound of a fox terrier — pining next to the body of his master, Captain George Weldon.”
Pat Rundgren, Talana Museum Board Chairperson

The Battle of Talana was the first major action of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), said Rundgren.

“The ghosts of British soldiers like Colonel Robert Gunning are said to haunt the battle site, and come the anniversary, their restless spirits are said to rise.

“Previous ghost walkers have earnestly recounted experiences of hearing the pitiful keening sound of a fox terrier — pining next to the body of his master, Captain George Weldon.”

Ghost walk Piping the lament Talana Musuem cemeter
Piping the lament at Talana Musuem cemetery
Dundee Ghost Walk
Dundee Ghost Walk

Rundgren said those who have climbed to the top of Talana swear they can smell horse sweat and dung from the steeds of the Boers’ Utrecht Commando.

“Those living in the nearby residential area of Peacevale speak of seeing ghostly horsemen riding steeds bedecked with military-style kits.

“There is even the legend of the headless soldier, who frantically attempts to wave down passing motorists on the nearby main road to Vryheid.”

Rundgren said he is “not one to readily believe in ghosts” but admits come October 20, the mysterious spirits haunting Talana Hill is an attraction anyone with a sense of adventure would love to experience.

For details contact Rundgren on 034-2124560.

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