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About Fugitives' Drift Lodge and Guest House

Fugitives' Drift is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, during the Zulu War of 1879. It was here that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and created an award-winning lodge for visitors to savor this extraordinary saga.

The reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest House, both owned by the Rattrays and both 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.

Both the Lodge and Guest House have spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages which all have private verandahs and broad views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge. The Lodge and Guest House both have swimming pools set in their colourful, well established gardens which are home to innumerable bird species.

Enjoy superb cuisine, a unique fusion of home and modern flavours, in the splendid atmosphere of a veritable museum of Anglo Zulu War memorabilia.

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 and horserides through the reserve to view abundant game and bird life are offered as well as fishing the 20 km frontage on the Buffalo River.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 34
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 1 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans


  • Portfolio Collection
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • Lodge Cottages Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 8 The lodge offers spacious, luxury en-suite cottages, each with a private veranda affording views over the plains flankin... see more Features:  Twin beds, Private bathroom, En-suite, Balcony/patio, No Smoking in Rooms
    from R9696 For 2 guests
    • Rooms Adults
      • Guest House Rooms Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 6 The house has been turned into the most charming sitting and dining room, filled with fascinating memorabilia. It also... see more Features:  Twin beds, Private bathroom, En-suite, No Smoking in Rooms
        from R6660 For 2 guests
        • Rooms Adults
          • Annex/Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: All Meals The Lodge is also home to our newly renovated Annex, or Cottage; ideal for small families or couples travelling together... see more Features:  Twin beds, Private bathroom, En-suite, No Smoking in Rooms
            from R1900 For 2 guests
            • Adults
              • Kwa George Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals An addition to Fugitives’ Drift is in the grounds of Umzinyathi Farmhouse; aptly named KwaGeorge” which means, “Place... see more Features:  Twin beds, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Single beds see more Twin beds, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Single beds, Garden views, Heater, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
                from R2420 For 2 guests
                • Adults

                  Reviews for Fugitives' Drift Lodge and Guest House

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                  Nicola Vanderhoydonck
                  04 March 2017

                  We will never forget our fabulous trip to Fugitives Drift. The lodge was luxurious, making us feel like king and queen. The game park teeming with giraffes and buck. The tours brought me to tears, they were told with such passion. A definate must for anybody who appreciates nature and history.

                  Fugitives' Drift Lodge and Guest House Map

                  Fugitives' Drift Lodge and Guest House is 0.5km from the centre of Rorkes Drift , the nearest airport 100km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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