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Out of the Fire into the Frying Pan
Nicky Rattray’s Story

fugitives sales leaflet.inddLiving out in the sticks is never easy but add to the mix many miles of bumpy gravel roads, extreme weather, some of the poorest people in the country and among the worst education and health facilities in the world and, near Dundee in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, you have what sounds like a recipe for almost inevitable chaos.

Then along come the Rattrays. They move to the Fugitives’ Drift property near Rorke’s Drift in 1989 with the aim of turning a run-down cattle farm into a successful game reserve, focusing their hospitality on the spellbinding tales that emerged from the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Ultimately, in doing so, they pioneer a brand new concept of Heritage Tourism. A concept which continues to flourish and grow to this day.

This is Nicky Rattray’s story; a quarter of a century of her life. it is the story of the first 25 years of the legendary Fugitives’ Drift Lodge, told with touching humour, honesty and modesty by its main protagonist.

The ingredients are diverse, including numerous personal stories of life at the lodge, peppered with some favourite recipes from home and from Nicky’s travels. Food ideas which have always worked for her and served her well, some little known facts and numbers about the region, some comic episodes and some of the gripping stories for which the family is famous, all bound up in one volume, ready to be served up with a glass of good wine and a large spoonful of laughter.

The Day of the Dead Moon
The Story of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879:-

a series of five audio CDs by David Rattray
David’s moving stories of the Zulu War are available as a boxed set of five audio CDs.


A journey through the history of South Africa leading up to the invasion of Zululand by the British army in 1879.

There were very few British survivors of the battle and consequently this account of the battle of Isandlwana comes from the oral accounts handed down by Zulus and from the writings of soldiers, journalists and others who followed the British campaign in Zululand. All this has been combined with David Rattray’s personal observations to present a fascinating account of this dramatic event.

Blamed by many as the man responsible for the disaster, this is the story of his movements during the course of the battle.

Fugitives’ Drift
Those fleeing the carnage at Isandlwana tried to reach the safety of the Natal bank of the Buffalo River along a broken and precipitous piece of ground, reaching a crossing which subsequently became known as the Fugitives’ Drift. It was here that Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives trying to save the Queen’s Colour of the 1/24th Regiment. Both were awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously; the earliest act in history to receive such honour. This is the gripping tale of these events.

Lord Chelmsford had marched into Zululand with the ill fated third column en route to Isandlwana, leaving behind him B company of the 2/24th to guard the Post at Rorke’s Drift under the command of Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead. Together with fellow officer Lieutenant John Chard RE and a handful of brave men, he was about to face the biggest challenge of his life as the epic story of the defence of Rorke’s Drift began to unfold.

This is an account of the gripping events at Rorke’s Drift – a narrative based on historic documents, first hand accounts and personal observation. It is a tale of immense human courage and sacrifice and the stuff of which legends are made.

Following the Zulu victory at Isandlwana and the remarkable defence of Rorke’s Drift the British army in South Africa was significantly reinforced to bring an end to the Anglo Zulu war of 1879. The Day of the Dead Moon Part 5 is a chronicle of the events leading up to the destruction of the Zulu capital at Ulundi and the subsequent impact of this campaign on the Zulu people, including the battles of Hlobane, Khambula and the death of the Prince Imperial of France.

All CD orders for UK and Worldwide delivery [ie anywhere except South Africa] are processed by our representatives in the UK at a cost of £55 [GB Pounds] for the set including delivery in the UK or £60 [GB Pounds] for delivery outside the UK. You can order securely on-line using a credit card by clicking here, or you can order by phone on +44 1526 352919 . If you are in South Africa and want your CD set delivered to an address in South Africa, you may telephone the Lodge direct on +27 34 271 8051 or email us on

For online purchases of Day of the Dead Moon, please click here



William Whitelock Lloyd and the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 by David Rattray

David Rattray’s A Soldier-Artist in Zululand costs £100 (GB Pounds) plus £11 postage and packing and can be obtained direct from:-

Nicky Rattray, Fugitives’ Drift Lodge, PO Rorke’s Drift, Kwazulu Natal, 3016
(if you are in South Africa)

You can call the Lodge direct on +27 34 271 8051 or email on for orders.

or, if you are outside South Africa, from:-

Barbara Lindsay, 16 Ash Close, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 8PW +44 01242 523971
or email on