Fugitives Drift Lodge
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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.

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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. 5 / June, 17 2020

Cold-fronts, Giraffes, and Laughs

A lot has happened since our last update! For starters, the first proper cold front to hit us has arrived. We are finding it rather tricky to type with gloves on - and I can assure you we South Africans do know what cold is! On an early morning trail run yesterday morning, our cheeks were burning with the nippy two-degree air! However inconvenient the cold weather may be, we are incredibly grateful for the rain that comes with it.

Helicon game capture were back last week to carry on with the live sale of game. They successfully relocated seven giraffe and seventeen zebra; these animals are all being sent to new reserves to start new herds and add diversity to other blood lines. A few days later, we were beyond excited to welcome two beautiful new giraffe bulls to Fugitives’ Drift. Watching them gracefully disembark from their transfer vehicle was an incredibly special moment. They seem to be settling in wonderfully and are busy exploring the reserve and admiring the views.

As a lodge that is usually open 365 days a year, we don’t often get to take public holidays; but on Tuesday (Youth Day in South Africa), we seized the opportunity to wander down the old 4x4 track to the south-eastern corner of the reserve. It is possibly the most beautiful and remote part of our property – panoramic views of the Buffalo River, and a different perspective out towards Isandlwana. We were also treated to fantastic rock formations, brilliant bird life (including a fish eagle) - and we even got to see a Natal Yellow Fish swimming around! It’s a fantastic time of year for fishing, and we hope to have some guests to take fishing and share these views and moments with again soon.

Until then, stay safe and watch this space for our next update.