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Historic Fugitives Drift Battlefields Lodge

Hark back to the famous Zulu War of 1879 when the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift changed South Africa’s history forever when you choose to relive these battles with top tour guides if you stay at the magnificent Fugitives’ Drift Lodge and Guest House.

Find this KwaZulu-Natal destination located on a 5000-acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooking both Isandlwana and Oskarsberg at Rorke’s Drift, the main focus being expertly guided tours of the Anglo-Boer War of 1879. Enjoy long walks and horse rides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife and fishing the 20km of Buffalo River. Wander around the graceful homestead and its beautiful country garden with rich bird life and a swimming pool as well as a museum holding an astonishing collection of Zulu War memorabilia. 

The Zulu War of 1879 is famous for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift and this accommodation venue is famous too as a Natural Heritage Site, where long ago Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of the 1/24th. 

It was here that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and created an award-winning lodge for visitors to savour this extraordinary saga. You arrive here to be ensconced in history and incredible storytelling, and you feel as if you have stepped back in time to that era when the Zulus, Boers and British were all fighting! The best battlefield guides lead you on provocative and stimulating tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift which you can break up with nature hikes into the reserve to see birds and wild animals. 

The lodge is the most luxurious accommodation offered at Fugitives’ Drift, fully renovated in 2017. Spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages feature private verandas, air-conditioning, and both inside and outside showers. The lodge has a swimming pool, library, and excellent titbits collected from the war days, oozing history and atmosphere.

The food adds to your exceptional exercise in KwaZulu-Natal as you tuck into delicious traditional meals in the charismatic restaurant or grab a snack beside the swimming pool as you absorb the thornveld and berg views. Taste the fusion of home cooking and modern international cuisine enhanced by the museum-type setting in this famous lodge. 

Voyage2Africa organises your tour into the heart of KwaZulu-Natal to appreciate all that it has to offer, from the mountains to the sea!



The Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal exude an aura of eccentricity because it is here, built on the original Rattray homestead, on a magnificent 5000-acre Natural Heritage Site where Fugitives Drift Lodge is located. This superb South African accommodation overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, where the illustrious Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 was fought.

There are two Battlefields accommodation options at Fugitives Drift Lodge – The Lodge and The Guest House. The Lodge, being the original establishment, houses most of the souvenirs in the central lounge and dining area. It also boasts 8 spacious luxury twin en-suite rooms featuring verandas, including an annexe cottage comprising 3 twin rooms, 2 bathrooms and a sitting room.

Find a superbly large swimming pool situated on a remote spur on the lip of the Buffalo River Gorge surrounded by a stunning indigenous shaded garden – home to numerous birds, is the highlight of this abode. 

The Guest House consists of 6 luxury twin en-suite rooms complete with verandas looking over the battlefields in the distance. There is also a guide’s/driver’s room and a swimming pool. The Hartford Library and deck provide a high vantage point from where guests can engross themselves in the sights and sounds of the African wilderness.

Fugitives Drift Lodge is an ideal destination for the discerning traveller wanting a South Africa holiday filled with awe and reverence. A place where memorable experiences are encountered. The hospitality is enchanting and the friendly, personal service coupled with the delectable cuisines create a relaxed atmosphere.

Battlefields’ activities include day tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, Mangeni Falls, Masondo, Blood River and the site where Prince Imperial was killed. The location of Fugitives Drift Lodge on a Game Reserve affords guests to embark on game walks, fishing and Horse-riding, mountain biking and hiking. There are over 200 bird species on the property as well. Choose Voyage2Africa to plan your tour to this amazing historic region in KwaZulu-Natal today!

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10-day Kwazulu-Natal Combo Safari

9 Nights
See the KwaZulu-Natal ocean shores, the fascinating interior with its lively Battlefields tours and the breath-taking beauty of private game reserves with rich wildlife viewing. You will see and experience the best of KwaZulu-Natal – or KZN for short.

From $264



  • The Harford Library 
  • Walks, fishing, Mangeni Falls
  • Flagship tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift led by registered tour guides 
  • Fine wining and dining


  • Accommodation
  • All meals

The dining deck of the accommodation at Fugitives Drift Lodge in SA
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  • Charming sitting and dining room, filled with fascinating memorabilia, verandas.
  • The Lodge and The Guest House – luxury or more basic self-catering accommodation at Umzinyathi House with every mod con you need
  • Babysitting by arrangement
  • Guest Lounge
  • Laundry Service
  • Tours Arranged
  • Library
  • Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Internet station


  • A remarkable collection of Zulu War memorabilia in a tasteful museum and lodge facilities 
  • Renowned for its battlefield tours to all the Anglo-Zulu War battle sites with charismatic tour guides
  • Children are welcome to experience awesome battlefield tours and hikes, garden fun, swimming and being free
  • The start of Heritage Tourism at an award-winning lodge that is a Nature Heritage Site packed with birds and wildlife.

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