Fugitives Drift Lodge
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Fugitives Drift Nature Reserve
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Fugitives Drift Nature Reserve

Experience 5-star accommodation, internationally acclaimed battlefield tours, and world-class hospitality


The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment.
Take part in Fugitives’ Drift’s awe-inspiring battlefield tours, which bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana to life, leaving one with a deep and tangible insight into some of the most moving of South Africa’s battlefields.
Five star accommodation, world-class battlefield tours, abundant game and birdlife, superb food and wine, and breathtaking views out over Zululand and the battlefields make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Fugitives Drift Lodge Accommodation


Our five star lodge is the most luxurious of all of our accommodation options; each spacious room has an en-suite bathroom with both inside and outside showers, air-conditioning, a mini-fridge, and a veranda with views of the plains flanking the Buffalo River gorge. Meals are taken communally in the large dining room, or – weather permitting – out on the deck. The lodge also houses the Harford Library, Fugitives’ Drift Museum, and a swimming pool.


Guest house rooms are comfortable, and individually decorated. They have ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms, and verandas with views out into the garden and onto the indigenous bushveld. The guest house boasts a sparkling pool and relaxing garden. The original farmhouse has been altered, and now forms a charming sitting and dining room, where meals are taken communally.


The farmhouse is a charming stone and corrugated iron roof building built in the 1920’s. It was the home of George Buntting, who was an expert on the Anglo-Zulu War. The farmhouse is at the top of the reserve and has a wonderful view of Isandlwana. It has 3 en-suite bedrooms, a sitting room with a fire place, a dining room, and a kitchen. Although the accommodation is self-catering, guests may choose to have some or all meals at the lodge at an additional cost.

Isandlwana Tours


Fugitives’ Drift is renowned for its battlefield tours to all the Anglo-Zulu War battle sites in the region. Our flagship tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are led by our registered tour guides Douglas Rattray, Andrew Rattray,  Mphiwa Ntanzi & Bryan Mcube.

Melvill & Coghill Graves


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.

Tour Guides


Fugitives’ Drift is world-renowned for moving, passionate, detailed and remarkable battlefield tours to Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. Our tours to the battlefields were first conducted by David Rattray in 1990.He quickly gained international recognition for his unique story-telling abilities.David was often supported by other lecturers who benefited from his knowledge and experience.

Fairview House


Weather Forecast

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Fugitives' Drift's Lockdown Lowdown

Note - our office hours are currently Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 2pm. Please get in touch via email (reservations@fugitivesdrift.com) after hours. Emergency after hours numbers: Doug 0837062121 or Nicky 0833098247

Post no. 4 / May, 15 2020

Dispatches from the Frontier : Education, Chickens, and Other Projects

While everyone around the world is feeling the impact of the ongoing pandemic, we must keep in mind those who are most vulnerable. The phrase going around at the moment seems to be ‘we are all in the same storm but not in the same boat’ - this could not be more true, and we should all try to lend an oar to those in need.

We are proud to tell you that the David Rattray foundation, supporting Khula Education, has done just that. In the days leading up to lockdown, learning materials and resources were distributed to try and mitigate the huge disruption facing the school children. A campaign is well underway to try and raise funds for 200 tablets to enable distance learning; if you would like to get involved in helping us raise these funds, please click here. Every donation - no matter how big or small - helps!

In other news, ten lovely free-range farm chicken have made themselves very much at home in Chauteau de Poulet (lovingly built by Douglas during the first week of lockdown). We are looking forward to fresh eggs for our tea-time cakes and breakfasts. Plans are also afoot to expand out herb gardens and veggie patches to make the reserve more self-sustaining.

Micko and Rob have been hard at work maintaining and expanding the walking trails. They have cleared out the undergrowth in the ancient cattle kraals which will feature on the trails, giving our guests an insight into the pre-Zulu era. Dean and the maintenance department have been hard at work getting around to all the jobs on the never-ending list, and ensuring that the lodge and rooms are ever ready for guest arrivals to start again.

Winter is setting in with lovely mild weather and the most wonderful colours, the aloes are in bloom and the grass is turning golden (matching Horace, much to Daisy’s delight). It is an amazing time of year; the bush is full of the noises of rutting antelope, and the evening sky the most brilliant pink! We have spent many evenings enjoying a gin and tonic overlooking the Buffalo River, with Isandlwana illuminated in the background - actually, we have found some great new sunset spots, which we can't wait to share with our guests again.

Probably the most exciting project that has been underway: Douglas has spent many weeks buried under books and maps in his library, working on a video project on the Anglo-Zulu War. The project is not far off going live – watch this space!

As the world around us changes, so do these posts.

Fugitives Drift Lodge