Aside from our flagship tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, we do offer various tours to other battlefields in the greater area.
Kindly note that these additional tours are subjected to the availability of a guide, and do need to be booked in advance.
We also have numerous trails around our 5000 acre game reserve, offering our guests the options of doing guided or unguided nature walks. These do not need to be booked in advance.
If you are a keen walker, it is possible to spend a morning doing the Fugitives’ Trail from Isandlwana back to Fugitives’ Drift Lodge. This guided walk is roughly 5 miles and, depending on the state of the Buffalo River, may involve some swimming. The walk traverses some rough terrain, so should only be undertaken by those who are relatively fit. The Fugitives’ Trail walk is an excellent addition to the two flagship tours.
Another exciting excursion is to Blood River. This is where a battle was fought between the Boers and the Zulus on the 16th December (now a public holiday in South Africa), 1838. This trip is well worth the drive: 64 life-sized solid bronze wagons now sit on the site of the battle and are quite remarkable.
Another place that brings the course of the bitter Zulu War of 1879 to mind is the place where Eugène Louis Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte, Prince Imperial of France and the last remaining Bonaparte, was killed by the Zulus on 1 June, 1879. A monument marks the site amongst the hills on the course of the Itshotshozi River. This trip can be added on to the Blood River tour.
Another possible trip is to the beautiful Mangeni Falls, where Lord Chelmsford found himself during the battle of Isandlwana. This is an incredibly scenic tour; one can take in some of the remarkable geography surrounding Isandlwana.
We also offer a trip to Masondo, which is a short drive and then a walk away, to see where the Zulu Army crossed the Buffalo River in their way back to attack Rorke’s Drift.
The battle of Hlobane is unique in British history as it was one of the earliest battles where the British force was entirely mounted. This ill-fated expedition was to drive the AbaQulusi of the Zulus off their magnificent mountain stronghold. The ensuing action left at least two hundred men on the British side dead, while the number of Zulus who lost their lives will sadly never be known. The tour to Hlobane entails a drive through some of the most beautiful areas of Zululand.
The battle of Nkambula was fought the following morning 18 miles away from Hlobane. This was to be the turning point of the Anglo-Zulu war. At least two thousand Zulus died at Nkambula, whilefewer than 60 British soldiers lost their lives.
Note that while it is possible to do both sites in one day, we recommend two separate day tours which allows time for both battlefields to be properly explored.
Fugitives’ Drift lodge and guest house are situated within a game reserve, which has an abundance of interesting plant life and wildlife. The animals that we have are mostly plains game (zebra, giraffe, and many species of antelope), and we also have extensive bird life, with approximately three hundred species of bird on the reserve.
We have a number of walking trails on the property, giving one the opportunity to connect with the wildlife and plant life on foot. There are also various lookout points, from which one can enjoy expansive views over beautiful Zululand. Walks can be either self-guided or guided. A guided walk gives one the opportunity to learn more about the medicinal uses of certain plants – used extensively in Zulu culture – and about the birds and other animals that can be found on the reserve.
For keen cyclists, we have an ever-expanding network of single track ranging from flat to steep, technical to not-so technical, and we also have several Jeep tracks (two- track). One of the perks of cycling on our property is viewing the array of plains game such as giraffe, zebra, blesbok, wildebeest, impala and many more. Note however that Fugitives’ Drift does not provide bikes.