Meet the Man

Invited to speak at the Royal Geographical Society on two occasions and in Hong Kong, Rob is one of the finest story-tellers in the world.

Rob Caskie

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’!

In Action

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.

Rob Caskie presenting to a corporate group
Rob Caskie in Antarctica
Amundsen Cetenary
Rob with Jack Russell on the battlefield of Isandlwana
Rob with a penguin in Antarctica
Rob on the battlefield of Rorke's Drift

Rob Caskie is an experience and his passion and knowledge is mind-boggling.

Your ability to tell a story with no IT assistance is quite unique in this day and age

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Final night of first cruise

Catgeory: News

After a fantastic Captain’s farewell dinner last evening, guests seem somewhat slowed up this morning. We have a gentle south easterly breeze assisting our Drake crossing, and some guests are loving the birdwatching from the pool deck, assisted by the naturalists. It will never cease to amaze me - these pelagic birds hundreds of miles from land, cruising on the winds. Later in the morning, Colin Summerhayes presented an “Antarctic Treaty Medley.” The governance of the continent of Antarctica — one-sixth of the world’s landmass — is an important subject for all visitors to the place. It is amazing that there has never been any serious conflict during an age in which the rest of the world has been beset with it! Colin showed how territorial claims were made even when it was found that it was a frigid landmass. From overlapping claims by Argentina, Britain and Chile came the need for a solution to the governance of the continent. Then, during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-1958, 12 nations established research stations in Antarctica. From their good co-operation emerged the Antarctic Treaty of 1961. Colin showed how the Treaty system works to regulate activities in Antarctica, including tourism, and, unlikely as it may seem, how so many nations have been able to achieve consensus. Some fantastic slides on Lake Vostok, the 7th largest lake in the world, 3km below the ice! The Vostok research station holds the record for the coldest recorded temperature in history, minus 92 degrees Centigrade. Very disturbing were the satellite photographs of massive ice sheets breaking away in the Weddell Sea, and the resultant rise in ocean levels. Most importantly, Colin stressed the importance on international co-operation between scientists and governments regarding Antarctic research and conservation. This lecture replaced “Discovering Sustainability” originally intended to be presented by Larry Hobbs, who is sadly rather unwell.

Tags: farewell | photography | climate

Crossing the Drake Passage AGAIN

Catgeory: News

After the euphoria of the whale sightings last evening, most guests were up late reflecting on their awesome Antarctica experience. After our rough Drake Crossing, the weather, the seas and the temperatures could not have been any better in the Peninsula. It was a busy morning on board, with rental boots being returned, and two wonderful lectures before lunch. Much sea fog about, so visibility much restricted. Prof Jim McClintock presented “Drug Discoveries in Antarctic Seas”. Their research at Palmer Station, and McMurdo, have found all manner of compounds which may one day be influential in the medical world. Jim explained that there are no hard corals down here, as the diatoms they rely on cannot exist - there is not enough light for their photosynthesis. Diving with dry suits through holes in the ice, with 500-1000 feet of visibility, is most diver’s dream. The Leopard Seals pose some danger, and an alarm has been devised to recall divers immediately should these aggressive predators be present. Very exciting is the discovery of a compound which may markedly slow Melanoma cancer. Jim’s description of the Laurence Gould supply ship was hilarious-surely the Fawlty Towers of the shipping world. Upon launching was found to list to 30 degrees, so concrete was poured in on one side to compensate, but she sat so low in the water that enormous pontoons had to be welded along each side to restore buoyancy. NOT the ideal ship for regular Drake crossings……. Marco and Patri then presented ”Albatross - We have a problem!” These expert ornithologists painted a sad picture regarding Albatross and Petrel populations the world over, and the challenges they face, particularly from long-line fishing and introduced predators. The Albatrosses pair for life, and when one is incubating, the other may be away for a fortnight foraging for food. These food journeys cover thousands of kilometres, and should the feeding bird be hooked, the consequences for the remaining bird and egg/chick are oftentimes fatal. A&K Philanthropy sponsor research into mitigating methods to avoid the high incidence of deaths by long lines, which have been very successful. Marco has been involved in the development of a plastic pod, which covers the barb and hook, protecting birds until the bait has sunk out of the birds’ diving reach. Patri’s slides and descriptions of the birds and their distributions were, as always, brilliant. Guests left the theatre feeling rather sombre, and all wishing to assist these wonderful birds in some way.

Tags: lectures | Whales | coffee

Danco Island and Port Lockroy

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Zodiac operations began early today (7am) ferrying guests across to Danco Island, lying in the Errera Channel, and named by de Gerlache after the geophysicist who died on board the Belgica in 1898, aged 29. A waning tide and very rocky conditions created some difficulties for the shore parties, but calm, warm conditions and a glorious surrounding landscape were the order of the day. Some noisy avalanches careened down the nearby mountainside, and guests loved getting up close and personal with Gentoo Penguins. The more intrepid climbed the snowy slope alongside the colony, and slid to the bottom. Snowy Sheathbills and seals came very close to guests, and squabbling Skuas created much interest. Having reached furthest south yesterday, at the southern end of Lemaire at 65 degrees South, and today being the LAST day in Antarctica for these guests, there certainly is some dragging of feet, and downcast faces, as the end of this once-in-a-lifetime journey approaches. It was only the Captain’s announcement that weather in the Drake will be much better on the trip back to Ushuaia, and the prospect of the outdoor barbeque, that restored morale somewhat! My morale was given a great boost in being told that I have my own cabin for the next expedition. My cabin mate has been very unwell with a cold and sinus issues, so sleep has been a rare commodity, never mind the 5-hour time difference.

Tags: sights | incredible | journey

Lemaire Channel & Paradise Bay

Catgeory: News

Last night I went to bed spellbound by the scene of more than 20 Orcas which surrounded our ship over dinner. We watched as they successfully hunted penguins, moving rapidly through the clear water. Three surfaced right at the rear of Le Boreal, delighting the bar staff and others positioned there. For those who wished to see Orcas above any other creature - their dreams were fully realised. It should be corrected too, that 27 brave guests claim to have taken the Antarctic Plunge at Whaler’s Bay - they richly deserve their certificates. Some, I fear, went in up to their knees to claim the photographic record. With no wind, the temperatures were not extreme for undressing on the thermally warmed beach. The thermal warming did not, however, extend far into the sea! On a perfectly calm ocean, in overcast conditions, we approached the entrance to the Lemaire Channel early this morning. “Kodak Alley” or “Fuji Ford”, as it is popularly known, is 7 miles long and roughly a mile wide. Named after Charles Lemaire, Belgian explorer of the Congo, by de Gerlache. Despite concerns over the ice conditions, especially at the narrow southern end, we cautiously nosed our way southwards into one of Antarctica’s jewels. The Captain and his team navigated superlatively, through much brash ice, and some sizeable icebergs. The 1000 meter high mountains plunge steeply down into the ocean on either side, interspersed with dramatic ice fields - visually it is the most stunning of places. The cloudy conditions and mirror-calm sea produced perfect reflections, and guests were dazzled by this natural wonder. Decks and balconies were festooned with stunned folks, sharing these moments frozen in time, having got to know one another over the past few days. It was very comforting to see Ocean Diamond, operated by Quark Expeditions, nosing her way cautiously forward through substantial ice in the narrow, southern end. We followed, and Le Boreal was turned around in the bay, before heading northwards, through the Lemaire Channel AGAIN. For those who thought the morning at Nansen Island yesterday could not be topped, Lemaire Channel took the prize. Having previously travelled through the channel in clear, sunny conditions, the cloud cover and calm water made for unequalled reflections - a sublime bonus. Nobody wanted to tear themselves away to grab a bite to eat or even a coffee, such was the visual splendour of a perfect Antarctic morning as we were blessed enough to experience this morning. Being out on deck in shorts created much interest and commentary, and I was only pipped in the photos taken by a Leopard Seal (my first) lying on an iceberg. I was delighted to have a wide-angle lens, but wonder if the photos will do justice in any form to what we experienced this morning.

Tags: extraordinary | A&K | classic

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