Fugitives’ Drift Lodge and Guest House

Fugitives’ Drift Lodge and Guest House, Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu Natal

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. Now you can relive these battles with top tour guides if you stay at the magnificent Fugitives’ Drift property, a 5000-acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooking both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Enjoy long walks and horse rides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife and fishing the 20km of Buffalo River.

The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lts. 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.

Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Guests can also go on nature walks- either guided or unguided- to see the abundant wildlife and birdlife on the reserve.

The lodge is the most luxurious accommodation offered at Fugitives’ Drift, and was fully renovated in 2017. Spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages have private verandahs, air-conditionning, and both inside and outside showers. The lodge has a swimming pool, library, and excellent museum.

The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lts. 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.
Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Walks and horserides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife are offered.
The reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest House, both owned by the Rattrays and both with spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages with private verandahs and swimming pools.

Fugitives’ Drift Lodge Gallery

Highlights

  • A remarkable collection of Zulu War memorabilia
  • Renowned for its battlefield tours to all the Anglo-Zulu War battle sites
  • Children welcome to experience awesome battlefield tours
  • The start of Heritage Tourism at an award-winning lodge
Fugitives’ Drift Lodge Overview

The Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal exude an aura of eccentricity. It is here, built on the original Rattray homestead, on a magnificent 5000acre Natural Heritage Site that Fugitives Drift Lodge is located. This superb South Africa 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, one is The Lodge and the other is The Guest House. The Lodge, being the original establishment, houses most of the souvenirs in the central lounge and dining area.
8 spacious luxury twin en-suite rooms featuring verandahs including an annex cottage comprising 3 twin rooms, 2 bathrooms and a sitting room encompass the accommodation offered at The Lodge. 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 verandahs 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 provides 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 traveler 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 the 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.

Facilities
  • Charming sitting and dining room, filled with fascinating memorabilia, verandas
  • The Lodge and The Guest House – a high standard 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
  • WIFI hotspots
  • Internet station
From ZAR 3 890

PER PERSON SHARING PER NIGHT


ACTIVITIES

  • The Harford Library with its capacity to seat 34 guests – a dedicated kitchen, wireless internet access and an integrated audio/visual system
  • Walks, fishing, Mangeni Falls
  • Flagship tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift led by registered tour guides Douglas Rattray, Bryan Mncube, and Mphiwa Ntanzi
  • Some of the best food and wine you have ever tasted

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation
  • All meals

Fugitives Drift Lodge - Battlefields - Kwa-Zulu Natal
that include this property

AMAZING HOLIDAYS INCLUDING Fugitives’ Drift Lodge and Guest House
From ZAR 30 290
KwaZulu-Natal Safari - 10 Day tailor-made package

Kwazulu-Natal Safari

9 Nights From ZAR 30 290 - PER PERSON SHARING - 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.