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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.



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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.



Having first met David in 2005, locally born Mphiwa has been part of our team for over 10 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.