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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 2500 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 en suite rooms, each with a verandah. Both the Lodge and the Guest House have swimming pools, each 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 (both self-guided and guided) and fly-fishing. World-renowned battlefield tours are conducted daily to Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana by Andrew and Douglas Rattray, and other registered tour guides.
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Lodge Room
Sleeps 2
10 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: 12:00

Check-out: 10:00

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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  • 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 60km, turn left onto the R34 towards Vrede.
  • After about 15km just before the town of Vrede, turn right on the R34 towards Memel and Newcastle. (Be very careful of potholes between Memel and Newcastle).
  • Go through Newcastle and turn right onto the Ladysmith road (N11).
  • After 16km take the R621 to Dannhauser, Hattingspruit and Dundee.
  • In Dundee, at the 5th traffic light (in the main street) turn right on the R33towards Greytown. The signboard is on the left of the road.
  • Then after 14km turn left onto dirt to Rorke’s Drift, drive for 29km to Rorke’s Drift.
  • Go beyond Rorke’s Drift for 3km and turn left onto the D31 signed Fugitives’ Drift.
  • Go along this road for 7km 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 6pm.


  • From the Airport, head north on the N2 towards EMPANGENI and GINGINDLOVU.
  • Leave the N2, following signs for GINGINDLOVU and ESHOWE.
  • Drive through Gingindlovu heading towards Eshowe.
  • Drive past Eshowe and proceed on the R66 for MELMOTH.
  • Turn LEFT after Melmoth for BABANANGO/NQUTU on the R68, after 20.9 km’s turn right onto the R68 for Babanango.
  • In Babanango, turn left at the crossroads.
  • After 40km turn LEFT for ISANDLWANA on a dirt road.
  • Drive past the battlefield and after 9km turn left for RORKE’S DRIFT on the D30.
  • Drive 9km to RORKE’S DRIFT and turn left, driving through the village. After 3km, turn LEFT for FUGITIVES’ DRIFT on the D31.