Changes at Fugitives’ Drift

After 11 happy and highly successful years at Fugitives’ Drift, Rob Caskie and Karen de Haan will be moving to Howick later in the year, but I am pleased to say that Rob will still be available to us on a freelance basis and that he will be continuing with his own inimitable battlefield tours in KZN.

We shall miss them both enormously for many reasons, not least for their overriding passion for Fugitives’ Drift and all it stands for. Rob’s ability to fix anything and his wicked sense of humour will be hard to replace as will Karen’s extraordinary attention to detail and her organizational skills. They have been an invaluable and integral part of this operation for many years and never more so than in the past four years. We shall look back, as I am sure they will, on their long period of service here with great warmth.

At this crucial time in the development of our business, I am therefore very pleased to be able to announce that David’s and my eldest son, Andrew, joined the team at Fugitives’ Drift in July along with his partner Anel de Kock.

Andrew has a B.Comm. degree, is passionate about all things wild and especially about our beloved Fugitives Drift, where he grew up, and its flora and fauna of which he has an intimate knowledge. He is a fluent Zulu speaker, an enthusiastic fisherman and a not-very-enthusiastic horseman!

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 will bring this invaluable experience with him as he returns to the fold at Fugitives’ Drift and follows in his father ‘s impressive footsteps.

Anel is a highly-qualified chef and was Executive Chef at Kwandwe. It will be a huge bonus for us be able to benefit from her many years of experience and an injection of her new ideas and flavours into our cuisine.

These are exciting times for us and we look forward with great confidence as a new generation of Rattrays begins to make its mark on Fugitives’ Drift and to welcoming both new and old guests to the Lodge as we embrace the future with relish, whilst continuing to honour the past with our unparalleled history tours and exemplary hospitality.

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