Rorkes Drift, South Africa
Fugitives' Drift Lodge and Guesthouse are simple and charming retreats with eight cottages and six rooms respectively, very close to the sites of two of the most famous battlefields in the history of the South African wars, Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.
At a Glance
Immerse yourself in the history of the Anglo-Zulu War
Listen to one of South Africa’s best story tellers
Enjoy the Fabulous views of Isandlwana Mountain
Experience the new graded bike trails
Curl up with a book in their extensive library dedicated to David Rattray
Family and owner-run Fugitives' Drift Private Reserve offers a unique experience combining wildlife with rich South African history. The accommodation is in comfortable en-suite cottages and the lodge has lovely views of Isandlwana Mountain. The Buffalo River is a short walk away.
Game viewing can be done on foot, in vehicles or on horseback, with opportunities to see several species of animals including giraffe, zebra and kudu. The bird life is prolific and there have been 275 species identified in the gorge below the lodge. Fishing is also a great pastime and the unspoiled surroundings are the perfect place to unwind.
However, the best reason to come here is for the incredible talks given by Andrew Rattray and his team of guides (or rather story-tellers) about two of the most famous battles of the Anglo-Zulu wars.
There is a colonial feel to both the lodge and the guesthouse and guests all dine together, hosted by guides and managers, with dinner very often involving a traditional British roast.
An excellent library has recently been built in memory of the late David Rattray, owner of Fugitives' Drift Lodge, entomologist and the originator of these incredible talks. There are stunning views from the balcony, where guests often take lunch, as well as plenty of space to curl up with a book and internet access for guests.
Fugitive's Drift Lodge offers eight spacious, luxury en-suite cottages which each have a private veranda, affording views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge. The Lodge is also home to a newly renovated Annex, or Cottage. The Cottage has been redesigned to have two en-suite bedrooms and a sitting room. One bathroom has a shower and bath, the other is a small shower-room. It is ideal for small families or couples traveling together. The smaller Guesthouse has six simpler rooms, around the homestead, where meals are served.
There are 8 luxury en-suite cottages all with private verandah with far-reaching views.
This cottage has 2 double rooms with en-suite bathrooms and sitting area as well as a private verandah.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities except babysitting which can be provided on request. The lodge offers specialized children's battlefield tours that will engage and inspire children with stories of the bravery and courage of the British soldiers and Zulu warriors, but there is a minimum age of 12 on the regular battle field tours. Tours are followed by a game walk to see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, nyala and other non-threatening game.
Facilities at the lodge and guesthouse include a dining room adorned with a remarkable collection of Zulu War memorabilia, a swimming pool and horses. The Harford Library, which offers incredible views over the Buffalo River Gorge and the mountain of Isandlwana, can seat 34 guests and has a dedicated kitchen, wireless internet access and an integrated audio/visual system.
Activities in and around Fugitive's Drift include horse riding, swimming, game drives, walking and fishing. The lodge also offers battlefield tours to bring the epic Zulu war to life. The lodge has just introduced 3 bike trails with ski piste grading: 1 green, 1 blue and 1 red so guests can cycle past zebra, giraffe, wildebeest & other non threatening game on 5,000 acres. There are 2 adults bikes & 2 children’s mountain bikes for 10 year olds.
Location & Directions
Rorkes Drift, South Africa
Fugitives' Drift Lodge is set on a hillside above the Buffalo River Gorge in the Natal Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The 2500ha reserve is 8km from Rorke's Drift and 56km south east of Dundee.
When to go
The Lodge is open all year round, but the best game viewing is from March to the end September. Subtropical climate with hot, humid, wet summers (September to April) and warm to cool, dry winters (May to August).