The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, is a 5,000 acre Natural Heritage Site overlooking Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, the great battles well known as part of the Zulu War of 1879. The property also includes the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment. It was here at Fugitives’ Drift that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and created an award-winning lodge for visitors to experience this extraordinary saga.
Safaris and Tours
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. The lodge has luxurious rooms with panoramic views and lush gardens home to a wealth of birdlife.
Start/end:Start/end in Transfer or Self-drive
3 Days from$462 p/p in USD
Departures: Year Round
Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Walks, horse rides and mountain biking through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife are offered as well as fishing the 20 km frontage on the Buffalo River.
The reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest House, both owned by the Rattrays and born out of their extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Evident in every corner of Fugitives’ Drift is the Rattrays’ love of South Africa, its people and its unique history.
Originally built by David and Nicky Rattray in 1989, the Lodge was rebuilt and refurbished in 2017. It houses the majority of memorabilia in a dedicated museum. Spacious luxury en-suite rooms all have a private verandah with outdoor shower and views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge.
This is the old farmhouse which been altered and how houses large en-suite rooms and a charming sitting and dining room. The original verandahs, with sweeping views of the reserve, have been retained and the outside eating area has a stunning view across a plain with Isandlwanain the distance.
Both the Lodge and the Guesthouse have swimming pools set in their colourful, well established gardens which are home to innumerable bird species.