Fugitives’ Drift Lodge is situated on the site of the original Rattray homestead, where David Rattray’s parents, David and Gillian, came for their holidays. It was here the seeds of this unique operation took root.
The 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. Enjoy superb cuisine, taken communally in the large dining room or – weather permitting – out on the deck. There is also a sparkling swimming pool, with fantastic views out over Isandlwana and Rorkes’ Drift.
The Harford Library, with its stunning panorama out onto the Buffalo River Gorge, is located in the Lodge grounds. Lunch is sometimes taken at the library; it is also a good spot to read a book or relax with a cup of tea. Another feature of the Lodge is the Fugitives’ Drift Museum, which contains a selection of pictures, newspapers, newspaper cuttings, woodcuts, and original artefacts collected by and donated to the Rattray family over the years. Items in the museum range from Stone Age tools and locally-forged iron implements found on the property, to relics of the battlefields found over the years.