the Red Hackle… revel in South Africa’s astonishing cultural
heritage; time-travel back to battles that shaped nations, changed a
continent, altered the very nature of modern war; experience the
wonders of nature as no-where else.
We’ve put together not just one tour, but many. They’re
almost infinitely variable, allowing you to see and
experience what interests you, yet the strands all come
together in Honouring the Red Hackle… and leaving you
with a host of unforgettable memories.
From late May to mid-June 2012 we’re inviting
you to join us as we mark what the Red Hackle means to us. The
Transvaal Scottish Regiment commemorates 110 years of service to
South Africa with the Laying-Up of the old Regimental Colours,
Presentation of new Colours and the award of additional Battle
Honours to enrich what is already an exceptional record.
This record was made possible by a heritage
that spans continents. From Scotland, the Red Hackle proclaimed
military virtues that resonate to this day. In Canada, Australia and
New Zealand that same Red Hackle tells the same story. Canadians,
Britons, Australians and New Zealanders fought and died in South
Africa: their graves are honoured here to this day. South Africans
sporting the Red Hackle likewise fought and died overseas in two
World Wars to defend freedom.
Yes, our Red Hackle Celebration has a strong
military focus. But South Africa is known for far more than iconic
battlefields. We offer a unique introduction to nature in the wild.
First-world hospitality that deepens the further one travels from
the cities and the closer one gets to the game and wildlife of
places such as the Kruger National Park.
Join us at any point in the Red Hackle
Celebration and focus on what interests you most. Remember, there
are many options and diversions: for those who want to re-create the
military lesson the Boers taught the British Empire — the meaning of
accurate, aimed rifle fire on the open veld — there’s a day on the
range. Alternatively, a visit to Gold Reef City to explore the
underground origins of eGoli (the City of Gold) and enjoy a
mini-world of entertainment from carousels to casinos. Whichever
option you choose, the wrap-up grand finale to that particular day
is a uniquely South African experience… an open-air braaivleis. (For
our Australian friends, no, a braai isn’t a “barbie” under another
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