Ron Gold was born in the hilltop town of Eshowe in the heartland of old Zululand. Growing up in rural KwaZulu-Natal enabled him to become a fluent isiZulu speaker, and throughout his career he has travelled extensively in South Africa and as far afield as Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
During his travels he has acquired an intimate knowledge of the customs, history and tradition of the indigenous people, especially so of the "people of heaven" who live in the Kingdom of the Zulu.
An accredited culture guide with KwaZulu-Natal Tourism, during the past decade Ron has concentrated on expanding his knowledge and life long interest in military history into a passion which he is now passing on to both foreign and South African visitors.
Ron has developed a series of specialised military history tours, which cover several interest areas: The Anglo Boer War battlefields of Spioenkop, Colenso, Ladysmith and others; the Transvaal War of Independence sites of Langs Nek, Ingogo and Majuba; the Anglo Zulu War sites of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, as well as sites from the Voortrekker period
Tours to the spectacular San paintings in the heart of the mountainous Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site are also very popular as are his talks and stories about the military prowess, customs and and history of the Zulu people.
Home for Ron and Sandie Gold is their traditional thatched imuzi on the Winterhoek farm that merges with the rough sandstone and acacia thorn trees that dominate the rugged valley bushveld of the aptly named Hidden Valley in the Mooi River district of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
Ron is a long standing member of the Midlands Meander Association, which has developed into the premier tourism route organisation in the country, offering visitors a multitude of destination opportunities, ranging from bed and breakfast accommodation, to craft centres and restaurants straddling the main route between Durban and Johannesburg.