The Kaross of Heritage, Myths, Legends and Wildlife
Born one of twins in a zoo, and nursed by a chimpanzee, Basil performed in a circus as a stunt rider and worked with dangerous animals before becoming a game ranger in the Eastern Transvaal.
He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a post graduate diploma in Environmental Education from Rhodes University. He has instructed many school groups and interested parties ove the years in the art of storytelling and artwork. He is the Grahamstown Scout master and has travelled to the United States to give lectures and talks on the San cultures their rock paintings and African Myths and Legends. He recently took two KhoiSan Bushman friends to the International First Peoples conference in Ohio and interacted with the numerous participating cultures. He has been granted honorary membership of the Order of the Red Arrow by the Miami and Lakota Native Americans, and was exposed to many of their ceremonies.
He has exhibited both internationally and in South Africa his artwork of African Myths and Legends and his photography of People of Southern Africa and its Flora and Fauna. He is also well known in the Eastern Cape for the rescue and rehabilitation of injured animals and reptiles.
He has a great interest in South African Authors and Poets, and is presently at the National English Literary Museum. Basil has helped authors with their research on Eastern Cape battlefields and forts ranging from the Frontier to the Anglo-Boer war.
Literary and Environmental Camps
Interested groups will be guided off the beaten track to the Buffelskop Mountains to the site of Olive Schreiner's sarcophagus, as well at taken to the Mountain Zebra and Addo Elephant National Parks.
Basil also has been enthusiastically investigating shipwreck sites and legends of pirates of the South African coast, and organizers tours to these sites.
Basil is the founder member of the South African Battel Re-enactment (SABRE), and has for the past twenty years organized and participated in a multitude of shows for the benefit of the community and charities. Demonstrations, lectures and training are given on different skills at arms, including cavalry work and muzzle loading cannon drill, as he is a qualified gunner listed with the Cannon Association of South Africa. He has collected and restored a variety of wagons, carriages and carts over the years and has on occasion used these in re-enactments and ceremonies.
Basil is developing an ox-riding trail on his farm, where visitors would be able to experience a unique experience from forgotten days.
For any further information please contact him at the National English Literary Museum