- Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift battlefields tour
- Mealtime Anglo Zulu war historical chats
- Amazing storytellers and tour guides
- Views of Rorke's drift from the swimming pool
- Horse riding, fishing and mountain bike tours
- Malaria-free game reserve
- The Harford library at Fugitives Drift Lodge
- Lodge type; Safari Lodge
- Location; KwaZulu Natal Battlefields, South Africa
- Lodge size; 10 Suites
- Recommended stay; 3-5 nights
The Perfect Lodge To Experience Isandlwana And Rorke's Drift All From Fugitives Drift Reserve
Fugitives Drift Lodge near both Isandlwana and Rorkes' Drift is a must-visit/stay destination for all those interested in the history of South Africa, The English Empire and the Zulu Nation.
The spectacular Fugitive's Drift property owned by the David Rattray family is perched on top of the Buffalo River Gorge and is situated on a former cattle farm in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Battlefields region and overlooks the infamous Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.
One of the first destinations in South Africa to develop what is now known as "Heritage Tourism", a destination that has gone on in leaps and bounds and is now proudly at the top of the list for anyone who is even the slightest bit interested in history.
Fugitive's Drift was built on the site of the original Rattray homestead, is the perfect place to stay if you are interested in exploring the history of the Anglo-Zulu War and the Battle of Isandlwana.
We cannot recommend Fugitives Drift Lodge highly enough; the lodge and experience are like no other.
Are you looking to explore and experience the best of South Africa's Battlefields? Look at no shorter than three wonderful nights in the Fugitive's Drift Game Reserve. This natural heritage site offers up fantastic accommodation options, superb food, spectacular views, world-class battlefield tours and knowledgeable guides.
This is not a one-night stay destination; please look at at least three nights here to take in and experience all that surrounds you.
Rooms and Suites
All spacious suites at Fugitives Drift Lodge offer a spectacular private veranda with breathtaking views of the Buffalo River Gorge and out onto Isandlwana Mountain in the distance.
Ten spacious, luxurious and modern suites await all with en-suite bathroom facilities, including bathtubs and outdoor showers and air-conditioning.
A family unit with a stunning location is available with two inter-leading rooms, both en-suite with a large private veranda.
A note for all previous guests, as of 2017, fugitives' Drift Lodge has been completely refurbished. And all for the better from all the reports we have received.
As soon as we get the chance, we will be visiting the Lodge to view first-hand all the changes that have taken place and share some of the photographs. We are incredibly excited that one of our favourite lodges that we have visited on numerous occasions now has a new look and feel.
Cuisine and Wine
The cuisine is superb; home-style meals with fresh, modern flavours, whether it be lunch or dinner, and breakfasts are more of an English / Continental affair.
The Harford library next to Fugitives Drift Lodge is the perfect location for breakfasts and lunches, whereas the new main dining room with a state-of-the-art kitchen is where dinners are served. For previous guests, the old dining room is now a dedicated museum.
All in all, great food with amazing views is on offer no matter the time of day.
After dinner drinks are held outside around an open fire pit beneath the African stars just in front of the central guest area at Fugitives Drift Lodge.
A feature of Fugitives Drift Lodge is the shady, well-established garden, home to innumerable birds and views out over the surrounding valleys, gorges and koppies.
The Hartford library is open to guests, as is a large swimming pool with stunning views for those hot summer days.
The wonderful staff are present at all times to take care of your every need.
Daily tours to the numerous KwaZulu Natal Battlefields surrounding Fugitives Drift Lodge are on offer, guided by some of the best guides and storytellers found anywhere in South Africa.
With their deep and tangible insight into these historical conflicts, a storyline develops that will have all enthralled and even a bit teary at times.
When staying at the lodge, it is all about the surrounding battlefields; Listed below are the options;
- The Battle of Isandlwana
- The Battle of Rorke’s Drift
- Melvill and Coghill at Fugitive's Drift
- A tailor-made Battle of Blood River is available for those who are staying for a longer period of time
Please note that the prices for tours to 'The Battle of Isandlwana' and 'The Battle of Rorke’s Drift' are not included in the accommodation rates.
The Fugitive's Drift Game Reserve is located in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.
The reserve consists of 5000 hectares of land home to various animals, including giraffe, kudu, impala, and other abundant game species. Birding is also rather good should any birders out there be interested.
Other optional safari activities available (a few activities are un;
- Early morning trail running
- Horse riding
- Fugitives walking tour
- Guided walks for both birding and nature
- Unguided walks around the lodge
- Mountain biking
Children are welcome; kids under 12 years on the more adult-orientated battlefield tours are at the discretion of the guide.
Kids under seven years are not allowed in the dining area as a consideration towards others guests, separate meal time to be discussed with parents.
A Battlefield Kids tour is available for those 12 years and younger.
If you're looking for an amazing and unique lodge to stay at while exploring the history of South Africa's Battlefields, look no further than Fugitives Drift Lodge.
This spectacular property is perched on top of the Buffalo River Gorge and offers stunning views of the Natal Battlefields.
With knowledgeable guides and world-class battlefield tours available, you won't find a better place to learn about this fascinating part of history.
We highly recommend staying for at least three nights so you can take in all that this incredible lodge has to offer!
Rates from R4 860.00 per person
- Fugitives' Drift Lodge Rates
- Per person per night sharing (pp)
- Excluding Battlefield Tours
- Rates are in South African Rands
- *Rates may vary according to season
- All meals, teas and coffees
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Drinks excluded
- Tours excluded
- Telephone calls
- Babysitting excluded