Invited to speak at the Royal Geographical Society on two occasions, Rob is one of the finest story-tellers in the world.
Rob began his own business as a Professional Speaker and Specialist Tour Guide in 2011, after working with the late David Rattray on the Anglo-Zulu battlefields, where Rob honed his unique talent for story-telling. Rob’s ability to bring the drama of these battlefields to life ensured that he rapidly began to establish himself as a world-class orator.
Rob believes there are powerful lessons to be learnt from the remarkable stories of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, which resonate especially with audiences today. Always confident with people, Rob thrives on the challenge and reward of entertaining audiences in the theatres of their imagination and transporting them via the power of a story well told.
Since 2004, Rob has presented extensively in the UK and South Africa to both corporate and private clients. His achievements were recognised with the honour of being invited to speak at the Royal Geographic Society in London to full houses in September 2010. In September 2012, Rob was invited to showcase his talk 'Going South with Scott & Shackleton', fulfilling his lifelong passion for Antarctica.
Rob now regularly presents on Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton, along with a keynote presentation titled ‘Endurance: Shackleton’s way’. This talk highlights Shackleton’s unique leadership, choice of personnel and always believing in a positive outcome.
Rob prides himself in unique storytelling and does not rely on electronic or visual aids – ‘when the lights trip, Rob does not’!
From the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal to the broken boards of Maritzburg College and the Antarctic, Rob is at home (in shorts) in the wildest of environments.
Rob's new DVD: "A Day on the Battlefields" is now available! Please use the contact form to order your copy. R250 plus p&p.
Your ability to tell a story with no IT assistance is quite unique in this day and age
Rob Caskie is an experience and his passion and knowledge is mind-boggling.
Rob offers private talks, public talks and battlefield tours (shorts included).
Keynote presentations providing wonderful entertainment, whilst highlighting invaluable lessons from Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift or Shackleton's Endurance Expedition. Enthralling lessons from yesteryear told as an unforgettable story.
Issues of leadership, choice of personnel, communication, disengagement, use of resource, amongst others in history are shared by way of stories, intending to assist businesses with these factors today. Effective speaking and presentation skills workshops also offered.
Rob offers personalised tours to Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Spioenkop, Colenso and Sani Pass, amongst others. A wonderful extension of what is offered in the boardroom and truly memorable. Rob regularly assists visitors planning KwaZulu Natal itineraries.
Schools and charities regularly employ Rob's unique story-telling for fundraising events, or simply to share an historic tale with the scholars. Many UK events fall into this category.
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Peel Sound is jammed with ice, so we are going through Bellot Strait, and across to Prince of Wales Island before retracing our way back through Bellot Strait. A bright red Canadian icebreaker called the Maddison met us at the western end of Bellot Strait to accompany us across Peel Sound. In the strait we saw Polar Bears and Musk Oxen, the environment a veritable Arctic wonderland, no more than 400-1000 meters across, with powerful currents. Being met by the icebreaker is such a bonus for all the passengers, and the decks have been lined with folks taking photographs in glorious sunshine. Later today, we will no doubt follow our outward route back through the sea ice - it is very easy to see where the ships have been. Conditions today are unlikely to refreeze our channel, despite the sea being 80-100% covered with thick ice. The bumps and sounds from the ship forcing its way through the ice really are fearsome. It is very strange that the Antarctic Peninsular sea was clear of ice, and the land was covered in ice and snow, yet here the sea is jammed with ice and the land is clear of ice and snow? Certainly this sea ice determines completely what travel takes place in these oceans.
This morning we stopped at Radstock Bay, on Devon Island, and walked across the tundra. A desolate, barren, windswept landscape, with the towering Capstall Tower overhead. We passed early Inuit shelters, built of rock and sod, with whale rib bones to support the roof. A most inhospitable place - the only vegetation around the old shelters where blood, skin and bone, along with the detritus of human habitation has provided some fertiliser. We found enormous Polar Bear prints in some clay, and signs that the bear had eaten an Arctic Fox. Sharpened the minds of many who felt the bear watchers and bear banger flares were completely superfluous. Two rifles are carried, in 9,3x62mm calibre (very similar to our .375), and I am delighted to see that they are made in South Africa by Musgrave with Mauser K98 actions. I am told this calibre was designed in 1910 as a general heavy calibre for use in Namibia (then German South West Africa). We have had a change in plan as the National Geographic Discoverer has been forced to change its itinerary on account of ice, and has taken our anchorage at Beechey Island. So our 3pm landing has been altered to 5pm. In the meantime two Polar Bears have been spotted not far from the ship, on sea ice. The Captain has attempted to get us closer, and it is most disturbing how quickly the sea ice slows and eventually stops a vessel of this size and horsepower. I estimate the sea ice to be between 3 and 5 feet thick, but the ship has been forced to stop a number of times, and reverse whilst finding another way forward. Gives a completely new found understanding to the issues early explorers had regarding sea ice, in woefully inadequate ships. It also does not bode well for our anticipated route through Bellot Strait and Peel Sound - we are all hoping for the ice to break up in the next 24~48 hours.
The day dawned somewhat greyer than yesterday, but dry and calm. The striated rocky slopes on each side of the vessel, and many icebergs provide constant interest-photographers unsure as to quite which way to point their cameras. Around 8.30am guests were taken to shore on Storoen (Desert) Island. A very easy landing, accompanied by Thomas on bear watch, we walked up to a lovely vantage point. The biologists pointed out slow-growing Crowberry, Dwarf Birch and Arctic Willow. The Crowberries are edible, and form an important food source for many local species, including Ptarmigan. Looking down on bays dotted with icebergs, surrounded by peaks bedecked in snow and cloud was a fine reminder of exactly where we are.
Today began a lifetime adventure for many passengers on board MS Bremen. An early start at the Holiday Inn in Berlin saw passengers breakfasting at 5.30am, and departing for Tegel Airport by 6.30, in luxury buses. As anticipated the German protocol whisked our baggage away on trolleys, and we checked in at a dedicated desk. What a pleasure to be spared passport control as we are all staying within the European Union - Greenland aligned with Denmark. Food and drink at the airport was very expensive, and the airport was full by the time we departed at 8.50am. The charter flight was immaculate from Berlin Air, and plenty of space for everybody. Nothing could have prepared us for the views of Greenland from the heavens. The largest island on Earth, with a massive ice sheet covering the vast majority of the interior. In places this ice sheet is 3,6km deep, and heavy enough to have pushed much of Greenland 350 meters below sea level. Were this ice sheet to melt, the sea levels would apparently rise by about 6 meters! Punctuated with glaciers, crevasses, blue holes and mountains, the panorama stretching out beneath us really is indescribable. Kangerlussuaq is a dedicated airport alongside a large river fed by glacial runoff. Flat land hereabouts is in very short supply, and the town exists entirely on account of the airport. Large, overland type trucks transported us up onto the tundra, where we were fortunate enough to see a number of Musk Oxen. Looking like small Bison, with long, shaggy hair, and forward pointing horns - uniquely adapted to their Arctic environment. I have long dreamt of seeing a Musk Ox, and what a delight it turned out to be.
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