Hartford House

The Home of Good Conversation, Fine Wine and Classic Horses.

Award-winning hotel and restaurant situated at Summerhill Stud on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, South Africa.


DAVID RATTRAY : Co-founder of Land Of Legends Honoured

David Rattray / Fugitives' Drift Lodge (p)

David Rattray / Fugitives' Drift Lodge (p)

Those that know us, know too, that friends count. Ten years ago, in an attempt (and a very successful one at that) to develop an awareness that, as a tourist destination, the best places in KZN provided travelers with as enchanting and diverse an experience as anything in the world, we started the Land Of Legends with our great mate, David Rattray.

It’s a matter of great pride to us that he should be posthumously honoured by the University of Natal. We salute you, Doctor!! The Star reported:

World-renowned historian David Rattray has been posthumously made an honorary graduate of the University of KwaZulu Natal.

His father, Dr Peter Rattray, accepted the doctorate in social science at a graduation ceremony held at the Royal Agricultural Society showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg yesterday. Dr Rattray said he was honoured to accept the degree on behalf of his son, who was murdered on January 26 last year at his Fugitives' Drift Lodge, near Dundee, during a botched robbery. He said his son's death had shocked the country, and messages had been received from far and wide, including from Britain's Prince Charles.

"David had lived among Zulu people most of his life and was steeped inZulu history and could speak the language."

Dr Rattray said the degree was one of the best tributes to a man "who loved South Africa unreservedly".

Presenting the honorary degree, vice-chancellor Professor Dasarath Chetty said David Rattray had been a brilliant and extraordinary orator who shared his deep love and passion for the environment, Zulu culture and the country through his work. "The University of KwaZulu Natal is privileged and takes immense pride in honouring this unique individual, whose work symbolised the very essence of African scholarship."