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Rob Caskie

Rob was born in the Natal Midlands in 1966. He was educated at Howick High, where he was head boy and then graduated with a BSc Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics in 1990 from theUniversityofNatal, Pietermaritzburg. After University, Rob worked inBotswanaas a photographic safari guide and assisted with wildlife film-making in the Okavango Delta for three years. Rob joined the Afrika Odyssey Expedition led by Kingsley Holgate, traversing Africa fromCape TowntoCairoas the official photographer. After this remarkable trip along the waterways ofAfrica, Rob set off to travel abroad.  From 1994 to 1998 he travelled in theUnited Kingdom, Europe,Israel,Nepal,Thailand,Malaysia,AustraliaandNew Zealand.  The last 16 months of this four year sojourn were spent travelling and working in theUnited States,Mexico,CanadaandAlaska.

Rob grew up speaking English and Zulu and served with Zulu troops during his National Service in 1984/5.  Always interested in the Zulu people and the drama of the Zulu War, he joined David and Nicky Rattray at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge in April 2001, where he was engaged with hosting and guiding often distinguished guests to the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.  A central theme in these lectures on the Anglo-Zulu War is one of reconciliation and how reconciliation can develop from conflict.  Having understudied David Rattray, his mentor and great friend, for six years, Rob became the principal lecturer for the next 4½ years after David’s untimely death in 2007.

Rob then began his own business in 2011 as a professional speaker and specialist tour guide. Rob continues to present balanced accounts to guests with great passion and enthusiasm and focuses on delivering corporate business strategy lectures in South Africa.  A number of corporations and senior management teams have called upon his professional-speaking skills to deliver strategy and corporate best-practice seminars using his knowledge of South African history to offer insightful comparison, intriguing content and real-life examples.

Since 2004 Rob has lectured extensively in theUnited KingdomandSouth Africa.  The highlight of his speaking career was being invited to speak at the Royal Geographical Society, where he presented to a full house in September 2010. He continues to conduct these lecture tours to theUnited Kingdomannually, and in 2012 the Royal Geographic Society will showcase Rob's talk on Scott and Shackleton's expeditions to the Antarctic.  These stories deserve high profile with the centenaries upon us. How can one imagine the disappointment of Scott being beaten by Amundsen, or the triumph of Shackleton escaping the ice without losing a life? Epics of human struggle and triumphs of the human spirit.

He will also be conducting a historical tour toSudan for Abercrombie & Kent.

Rob is a passionate photographer, with a special interest in wildlife, landscapes and birds.  He regularly presents slide shows on his travels, expeditions and the Anglo Zulu War.  He was intimately involved in the field research and photography required in producing David Rattray’s book “A Soldier Artist inZululand”.

Always confident with people, Rob loves the challenge and the reward of this wonderful vocation – entertaining audiences in the theatres of their imagination and transporting them via the power of a story well told.

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