3 Days from$462 p/p in USD
Renowned for its moving and detailed battlefield tours led by excellent tour guides with great story-telling abilities, visit Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana during your stay at Fugitive’s Drift. You’ll also visit the graves of Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill who lost their lives in an attempt to save the Queen’s Colour, earning the first two posthumous Victoria Crosses ever awarded. The lodge has luxurious rooms with panoramic views and lush gardens home to a wealth of birdlife.
Safari types:Cultural Safari
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Transfer or Self-drive
RATES – ZAR PER PERSON
- From R 15,650 pp – 01 Jan-30 Apr & 01 Aug-31 Dec
- From R 10,550 pp – 01 May-07 May & 05-31 July (the lodge will be closed from 08 May–04 July)
- From R 11,150 pp – 01 Jan-30 Apr & 01 Aug-31 Dec
- From R 6,950 pp – 01 May-31 July
Day by Day Overview
On your afternoon of arrival you will be greeted by our staff and shown around the Lodge or Guest House. Guests staying at the Lodge will make their way up to the Harford Library for lunch, served at 1pm. The Harford Library has stunning views of the Buffalo River and Isandlwana. At the Guest House lunch is served on the veranda (weather permitting) with sweeping views towards Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. After lunch you are free to settle in, enjoy the garden and pool or relax in the library.
After a quiet afternoon please join us for drinks and snacks around the fire at 7pm, hosted by one of our guides. Dinner is served in the dining room at 8pm. After dinner one of our guides will discuss the tour schedule with you and take wake up calls (starting at 6am) for the following day.
You will be woken up with a tea/coffee. Breakfast is served in the dining room from 06.50am with a buffet of homemade muesli, cereals, toast, fresh fruit, muffins yoghurt and porridge as well as cooked breakfast which is made to order.
Tours for Isandlwana departs at 7.30am in one of our Land Rovers, listening to a tape narrated by David Rattray explaining the background to the Anglo-Zulu War. There is a stop at 9am for a comfort break and to visit the museum at Isandlwana. The lecture on the battlefield begins at 9:45am until around 11.45am when tea, coffee and refreshments are served. The lecture takes place half way up the hill (please let us know before you set off if you have difficulty walking so that the lecturer can make an alternative plan). Another tape, this time describing the story of the survivors and events after the battle of Isandlwana is played en route back to the Lodge or Guest House, returning for lunch at 1pm.
Tea is served at 4pm in the garden, followed by a walk stopping off at various look out points and finally ending at the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives in an attempt to save the Queen’s Colour, earning the first two posthumous Victoria Crosses ever awarded. The walk returns to the Lodge between 5.30 and 6pm.
Drinks around the fire at 7pm followed by dinner at 8pm in the dining room filled with relics and artifacts collected over the years by the Rattray Family.
Breakfast is served from 06.50am until 9am. After a leisurely wake up, join us for one of the following activities:
- Horse riding – follow bush paths into the heart of the reserve and look for giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and the elusive kudu
- Mountain biking – cycle our ever expanding networks of single track ranging from flat to steep, technical to not so technical
Lunch is served from 1-2pm. The Rorke’s Drift tour departs at 3pm (winter) or 3.15pm (summer). Guests have time to look through the museum at Rorke’s Drift before the lecture begins at 4pm. There is very little walking involved. The lecture concludes around 6pm and guests are then given the opportunity to look around the memorials and graveyard before returning to the Lodge and Guest House. Drinks around the fire at 7pm followed by dinner at 8pm in the dining room, all of our guests sit together at one long table hosted by one of our guides.
Enjoy a leisurely wake up and breakfast before checking out at 10am.