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Welcome to Spear of the Nation Tours, specialised tours of Johannesburg and South Africa

Enjoy the wonder of the history of Johannesburg and surrounding areas through the eyes of master story teller Robin Binckes. Robin, winner of the inaugural Tour Guide of the Year Award “for his contribution towards tourism in Gauteng province,” specializes in the History of this country, and its people. If you want to experience South Africa through the eyes of one of it’s most passionate citizens.... Book now!

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 Award

Spear 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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Tuckers Deadline

The Great Trek - Uncut

Canvas under the sky

Canvas under the Sky by Robin Binckes

ISBN: 978-1-920143-63-3 (R185.00 + shipping)

“An epic historical blockbuster....
.... enjoyable, convincing story wrapped in dramatic, well-researched history”
— John Gordon Davis, bestselling author of Hold My Hand I’m Dying

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’.

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.
Our day tours can be adapted to suit your requirements and time. Visit Johannesburg, Liliesleaf Farm (the scene of the Rivonia Raid), the Apartheid Museum, Soweto, Sharpville, Alexandra Township, the Constitutional Court, the Johannesburg Fort, Sophiatown, Pretoria, the Voortrekker Monument, Vlakplaas, the Irene Concentration Camp and Nooitgedacht.

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...

Tour Highlights

A Taste of the History of South Africa“A Taste of the History of South Africa” - Alexandra Township, Liliesleaf Farm, the Voortrekker Monument and Vlakplaas. This is a six star tour designed to give you an understanding of this country and its turbulent history, in one day! This tour has been acclaimed by local residents and international visitors.
The Young Nelson Mandela“Mandela's Footprints - The Struggle for Freedom” - Follow in the footseps of Nelson Mandela visiting Alexandra Township, Soweto, the Johannesburg Fort and the the Apartheid Museum.

“Fight for Freedom”
Visit the sites of the Struggle - Liliesleaf Farm, Sharpville, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum.