At midnight on the 24th of May 1842 Dick King, called “Mlamulankunzi” (he peacemaker) by the Zulu, left the ship on which he was sheltering in the bay of Port Natal with his companion Ndongeni Zulu, to the epic 10 day, 950 km dash on horseback to Grahamstown that ultimately led to the annexation of Natal by the British in 1843. Had he failed the entire history of South Africa would be very different.
Now, Barry Armitage and Joe Dawson and their team of five horses follow the route of King’s compelling ride through a wild land, attempting to keep up the furious pace set by King more than 168 years ago. Can they repeat the legend, or will today’s modern cityscapes and the remote and dangerous landscape of the Wild Coast stop them in their tracks?
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