Post Conference Activities

There are some post-conference activities and adventures that you might be interested in. Kindly contact the responsible person as the SAHS is not the organiser of this. 

1. Visit to the Kat River Valley with Robert Ross

An ad hoc tour for historians, organized by volunteers.

·       Friday, June 27: Early departure from Makhanda (Grahamstown). Accommodation in the Hogsback; probably an Air BnB. (It will be cold!)

·       Saturday, June 28: Accommodation in the Hogsback TBD

·       Sunday, June 29: Morning return to Makhanda.

Costs are yet to be determined. We will be sharing the costs of transportation. We have not yet arranged accommodation. We reserve the right to limit group size.

The landscape of the Kat River Valley is powerfully depicted in Robert Ross’s Borders of Race in Colonial South Africa. 

On a two-day tour at the end of the SAHS Conference, our group, led by Robert, will explore this landscape and seek out legacies of the Kat River Community. 

In the two days which we will have at our disposal, we will visit the following places: Fort Fordyce, at the head of the Waterkloof, up the Blinkwater valley to Buxton and Fort Armstrong, Tamboekie Vlei, Herzog, including the church, then up the Fairbairn river, to Philipton, and if possible to Readsdale and Maasdorp.  

The precise planning will have to await consultations with individuals in the valley. The emphasis will be on the ways in which the Kat River settlers transformed the landscape, through the use of irrigation systems, but we will also visit a number of places of military importance and attempt to gauge the current political and social climate in the valley.

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Post Conference Activities