Please do not use GPS systems to get to Fugitives’ Drift. Incorrectly plotted.
FROM JOHANNESBURG (5 HOURS)
Take the N3 highway south towards Durban for about 1• 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 for 16km between Memel and the top of Botha’s pass on the R34). 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 R33 towards 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 DURBAN (4 HOURS)
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.
Alternative route from Durban is via Mooi River, Colenso, Ladysmith and Dundee. In Dundee take the R33 towards Greytown and follow the directions as from Johannesburg above.
From the new King Shaka International Airport (north of Durban), either head south towards Durban and follow the highway route as From Durban (above) – 4.5 hours. Alternatively, head north from the airport and follow directions From Ballito (downloadable below) along local (but tarred) roads – 3.5 to 4 hours.
FROM HLUHLUWE / UMFOLOZI AREA (4 HOURS)
From Empangeni take the R34 inland to Melmoth, then the R68 to Babanango (beware of potholes) and Nqutu. 40km from Babanango (13km before Nqutu) take the turn-off to the left, marked Isandlwana. Follow this gravel road past the Isandlwana Battlefield for 9km, then turn left onto the D30 and follow signs to Rorke’s Drift. Turn left at the T-junction to Rorke’s Drift. Go 3km beyond Rorke’s Drift and turn left onto D31, marked Fugitives’ Drift. Follow this dirt road, go through big black gates and follow the signs for the Guest House and the Lodge. (Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm).
APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES:
|Dundee 1 hour||Ladysmith 2 hours||Empangeni 3 hours||Nelspruit 7 hours|
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