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Fugitives' Drift

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The Rattrays bring so much passion and emotion to the history of the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana – arguably Britain’s worst defeat ever, an eclipse of the sun, and later incredible acts of bravery from a hospital under siege (10 VCs awarded) - all in one day. You couldn’t script it. A great combination of game reserve, wonderful food and Anglo-Zulu war history. After a day spent on the battlefields, stories are shared around the fire and at the dinner table. The artefacts in the lodge and Harford Library are also fascinating, testament to the Rattray family’s legacy. Fugitive’s Drift is a must-visit.

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ABOUT Fugitives' Drift

The Rattray family, pioneers of Heritage Tourism in South Africa, offer visitors an opportunity to experience the extraordinary saga of the Anglo Zulu War. The Lodge and Guest House are set within the 2000 hectare Fugitives’ Drift Game Reserve, which overlooks the battlefield of Isandlwana and is home to giraffe, plains game and numerous birds.

The Lodge houses a veritable museum of memorabilia, artefacts and relics. In a stunning setting overlooking Isandlwana and the Buffalo River, the spacious Harford Library provides a contemporary venue for lunch, parties or simply to relax.

Both the Lodge and Guest House have extremely comfortable and spacious cottages, each with a verandah. Both have swimming pools; the pool at the Lodge is surrounded by tranquil indigenous gardens. Friendly, personal service and good food create a relaxed atmosphere.

The 15-mile river frontage on the Buffalo River Gorge also includes the graves of Lieutenants Melvill VC and Coghill VC who lost their lives saving the Queen’s Colour. Fugitives’ Drift is a Natural Heritage Site and offers game viewing, walks, horse rides and fly-fishing. World-renowned battlefield tours are conducted daily to Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana by Andrew Rattray and registered tour guides.

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Lodge Room
Sleeps 2
8 Units
Valid: Seasonal From (2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31) From R 2,500.00 - R 3,800.00 p/p sharing Rates include: All Meals
Valid: Seasonal From (2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31) From R 2,800.00 - R 4,250.00 p/p sharing Rates include: All Meals
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Guest House Room
Sleeps 2
6 Units
Guides Accommodation (2014) R865.00 per person per night (Guest house) Guides Accommodation (2015) R950.00 per person per night (Guest house)
Valid: Seasonal From (2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31) From R 1,500.00 - R 2,700.00 p/p sharing Rates include: All Meals
Valid: Seasonal From (2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31) From R 1,700.00 - R 3,000.00 p/p sharing Rates include: All Meals
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Check in & check-out times

Check-in: 14:00

Check-out: 11:00

Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.


Two night stay at Fugitives' Drift Lodge
21 Jul 2012

"What an amazing experience!! I really wasn't expecting such luxury, sumptuous food or truly beautiful surroundings. I was overwhelmed by the attentiveness of the staff,from the coffee brought to our room each morning to wake us up, to the first class waiting on service at the evening meal. They even cleaned our rather dusty car for us, now that's what I call good service!! I have never experienced such an exotic place to stay or location before & would recommend it to anyone."

Adrienne Hennessey from United Kingdom

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From Johannesburg (5 hours):

Take the N3 highway south towards Durban for about 1½ hours.

Cross the Vaal River and just before the Wilge Toll Plaza, turn off the N3 onto the R103 and head towards WARDEN.

After about 60 km, turn left onto the R34 towards VREDE.

After about 15 km, just before the town of Vrede, turn right on the R34 towards MEMEL and NEWCASTLE. (Be very careful of potholes for 16 km between Memel and the top of Botha’s pass on the R34).

Go through Newcastle and turn right onto the LADYSMITH road (N11).

After 16 km take the R621 to Dannhauser, Hattingspruit and Dundee.

In Dundee, at the 4th traffic light (in the main street) turn right on the R33 towards Greytown. The signboard is on the left of the road.

Then after 14 km turn left onto dirt to RORKE’S DRIFT, drive for 29 km to Rorke’s Drift.

Go beyond Rorke’s Drift for 3 km and turn left onto the D31 signed Fugitives’ Drift.

Go along this road for 7 km through the big black gate until you see signs for the Lodge and Guest House, on the right. (Please note that the gate is locked at 6 pm).

From Durban (3 and a half hours):

Take the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg and take the Greytown / Church Street glide-off and follow the R33 to Greytown for 70 km.
In Greytown follow signs to Dundee.

Continue along the R33 through Keates Drift, Tugela Ferry and Pomeroy. Please be aware of speed humps and potholes.

10 km after Pomeroy take the dirt road turn-off to the right, marked Elandskraal (and Isibindi and Camp Buffalo signage).

At Elandskraal (which consists of a church and a trading store) turn left to Rorke’s Drift.

Go for about 14 km and before you get to Rorke’s Drift turn right onto the D31, sign posted Fugitives’ Drift.

Go for about 7 km (through the big black gates) and follow the signs for the Guest House or the Lodge. (Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm).

Alternative route from Durban is via Mooi River, Colenso, Ladysmith and Dundee.

In Dundee take the R33 towards Greytown and follow the directions as from Johannesburg above.