Frequently Asked Questions

Please don’t use GPS systems to get to Fugitives’ Drift as they often have us incorrectly plotted.

How do I get there?

Fugitives’ Drift is accessible by road and air. By road, you can either rent a car and self-drive (but please follow our directions!) or you can arrange a private road transfer. We are able to arrange a road transfer for you; if you would like a quote, please email
Fixed wing private air charters can land at Dundee Airstip, which is the closest airstrip to us. We can do the road transfer from the airstrip to the lodge – for more information, please get in touch. Helicopters can land directly outside the guest house. Coordinates are as follows:
S 28° 23.452
E 30° 36.187
If you are self-driving, please do not make use of a GPS. It may take you on a circuitous route. Directions are available here, or you can email us and we will send you some.

Do I need a 4×4 vehicle?

A good 36km stretch of good gravel road leads to Fugitives’ Drift. A four-by-four vehicle is not necessary, but may be useful. Please ensure you have sufficient fuel for your onward journey and a serviceable spare wheel.

What times are check-in and check-out?

Check-in time is from 12:00. Rooms should be vacated by 10:00 for the convenience of arriving guests. Late departure times can be arranged at the lodge and guest house; subject to the availability of rooms.

What should I bring?

The dress code is casual. For the tours you will need comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sun block, binoculars, sunglasses, a light jersey or jacket for the summer, and in winter a warm jacket or fleece. A light rain-proof jacket may come in very handy in the summer months.

What is the weather like?

Summer is our rainy season and we often experience thunderstorms in the afternoons. The days are hot, but we occasionally enjoy very cool overcast days in summer. Our winters are generally mild and dry with warm, sunny days and chilly mornings and evening – however, some days are very cold. Always be prepared for a sudden change in the temperature, as the weather can be quite unpredictable. For live weather updates, please see our homepage.

Is Fugitives’ Drift in a malaria area?

Fugitives’ Drift is malaria free.

What if I am only going to arrive after 6pm?

Please note that the gate at the entrance to the property is locked at 6pm. However, if you think that you are going to be later than that, please advise us and we will leave the gate open for you. Our direct contact number is +27 34 271 8051.

Is there WiFi and mobile reception at Fugitives’ Drift?

There is WiFi at Fugitives’ Drift. Mobile reception is very limited, and only works in the reception area at the main lodge, and at various spots out on the reserve.

What is your children’s policy?

Due to the length and content of the tours, we do not normally allow children under the age of 12 years to go on these tours. It will be at the lecturer’s discretion whether we can accommodate children younger than 12 on the tours. We do offer child-minding facilities whilst parents are out on tour and in the evening while parents are at dinner. For the keen junior historians our Battlefield Kids Tour is an excellent option.

Please note that we need to give consideration to other guests in the Lodge and Guest House; we therefore do not allow children under 7 years into our dining and sitting room. Separate meal times will be arranged at the convenience of the child and parent.
At the Lodge and Guest House, children aged under 12 years sharing with parents will cost R985. Only one child per room sharing with parents is possible.

Normal rates will be charged for children in their own room.