Lodges

Fugitives' Drift Lodge

Historic country-style lodge set on a hillside above Buffalo River Gorge.

Fugitives' Drift Lodge

The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, where the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift took place during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. The lodges are owned by David and Nicky Rattray who pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and have extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Fugitives’ Drift is set in a 5000 acre natural heritage site and is also home to giraffe, plains game and numerous birds. The atmosphere is tranquil and intimate encouraging quiet contemplation of the history that unfolded there. Friendly, personal service and superb cuisine add to the property's ambience.

At the lodge

The hotel

The Lodge houses a veritable museum of war memorabilia, artefacts and relics. The spacious Harford Library commands a breath-taking view over the Buffalo River Gorge and the mountain of Isandlwana, and provides a great venue for lunch, parties or simply to relax, in a stunning setting. The beautiful, shady, well established garden is home to many birds, and the spectacular swimming pool is situated on the lip of the Buffalo River gorge.

The rooms

The reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge, the Guest House, Umzinyathi House *a farmhouse) or Kwa George (a seperate unit). The Rattrays’ love of South Africa, its people and its unique history is evident in every corner of Fugitives’ Drift. Both the Lodge and Guest House have spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages with private verandahs, boasting panoramic views of the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge,as well as swimming pools set in beautiful gardens.

On safari

Experiences

Thought-provoking and often emotionally charged guided tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift where the great battles took place, are conducted daily by Andrew Rattray and other registered tour guides. Game walks, cycling, hiking and horse rides through the reserve are offered to view abundant game. Birdwatching and fishing along the frontage on the Buffalo River is also offered. Guests can swim in the sparkling swimming pool, on the lip of the Buffalo River Gorge, or walk around the beautifully-manicured gardens.

When to go

KwaZulu Natal Battlefields by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Dry

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

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