Out of the Fire into the Frying Pan

Living 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.


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