Fugitives’ Drift is world-renowned for moving, passionate, detailed and remarkable battlefield tours to Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. Our tours to the battlefields were first conducted by David Rattray in 1990.
He quickly gained international recognition for his unique story-telling abilities.
David was often supported by other lecturers who benefited from his knowledge and experience.
Andrew spent his childhood sitting at David’s feet and listening to his stories of the Anglo Zulu War and has always shared his father’s enthusiasm for the history of our area and for the Zulu people. Indeed, at the age of nine, Andrew took his first ‘tour’ to the site of the skirmish at Fugitives’ Drift when David had to rush off unexpectedly to fight an out-of-control veldt fire!
Following a ranger training course at Phinda, Andrew spent 14 months at Kwandwe Game Reserve, near Grahamstown. He loved his time as a guide there and brings this invaluable experience with him to Fugitives’ Drift as he follows in his father’s impressive footsteps.
Alastair James Lamont joined the Fugitive’s Drift family in May 2013 after spending 5 years as a game ranger in the Eastern Cape, where he got to know Andrew and Anel Rattray, leading to his position as General Manager of the Fugitive’s Drift Lodge.
Prior to this, Alastair completed his National Service and then worked in the corporate world for 15 years in Johannesburg, where he gained invaluable experience in management and leadership. After giving the city up, he moved to Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania where he worked as a dive instructor.
This combined with previous experiences, has led Alastair to become a key part of our guiding team.
Doug has a Diploma in Nature Conservation from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, which has given him a solid grounding in animal and plant biology, ecology and resource management of South African ecosystems. His 3rd year was spent at Tswalu Game Reserve in the Kalahari, where he gained a wealth of experience both in the bush and in dealing with guests.
From a very early age Doug has been interested in all matters military, particularly the Anglo Zulu War, and like Andrew, shared David’s enthusiasm for the history of our area.
Doug is passionate about Fugitives’ Drift and takes a keen interest in the wild life management, he is a very good mountain biker and an enthusiastic skier.
We are thrilled to have Doug join the team, and it is wonderful to have two Rattray boys continuing David’s’ legacy, and making their own history.
Having first met David in 2005, locally born Mphiwa has been part of our team for 7 years.
His passion for the Anglo-Zulu war began at an early age after having been told the stories of both his Grandfather and Great Grandfather’s bravery fighting for the Zulu’s during the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
This has equipped him with unique accounts and knowledge of this part of South African history and we are lucky to have Mphiwa as part of the Fugitive’s Drift team.
Mphiwa is also continuously impressing our guests with his extensive knowledge in plants and herbology, and for those more interested in the nature in the surrounding area, he is an excellent guide both on and off the battlefield
Bryan joined the Fugitives’ Drift team in April 2017, he was born in Dundee and grew up in Rorke’s Drift, after his studies, Bryan moved to the UK and spend 3 years working in London before deciding to move back to Rorke’s Drift and pursuing his passion for this area and its people.