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Fugitives Drift

Fugitive's Drift offers one of the best Anglo-Zulu Battlefields experience in South Africa. A wealth of memorabilia, excellent historians and superb hospitality. We recommend a visit to anyone that is travelling to KwaZulu Natal and we can arrange a stay at Fugitive's Drift as an extension to our Zulu Kingdom Golfing Itinerary. We also highly recommend the lectures by Rob Caskie, long time friend of the historian David Rattray, and historical guide at Fugitives Drift. Rob Caskie tours the world and can usually be heard in the UK around October time each year giving his inspiring talks.

At the Lodge there are 8 spacious luxury twin en-suite rooms. Located near Rorke’s Drift, the lodge itself is situated on the site of the original Rattray homestead, rebuilt by David and Nicky Rattray in 1989, and houses the majority of the memorabilia in the central lounge and dining room area.  Spacious luxury en-suite rooms each have a private verandah, set in beautiful shady, well-established gardens that are home to innumerable birds. There is also a spectacular large swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River gorge.

Nearby at the Fugitives’ Drift Guest House there are a further 6 luxury twin en-suite rooms. The guest house was once the home of Mr and Mrs Potgieter who were immortalised in Gillian Rattray’s award-winning book “The Springing of the Year”.  This old farmhouse has been altered and now forms the most charming sitting and dining room.  The original verandahs have been retained and the outside eating area has a stunning view across a plain with Isandlwana in the distance. The luxury en-suite rooms all have verandahs and sweeping views of the reserve. The Guest House has a large swimming pool with views across the plain. It is particularly suitable for groups that wish to be accommodated together or for private tours.

The Rattray family, pioneers of Heritage Tourism in South Africa, created these award-winning facilities to allow visitors to savour the extraordinary saga of the Anglo-Zulu War.

Had one tried to dream up geography and topography for a clash between those two great empires, one could hardly have come up with more fantastic scenery than that which is found on and around the famous battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.  This spectacular property is a Natural Heritage Site. Walks and horse rides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife as well as fishing the 20km frontage of the Buffalo River.

Fugitives’ Drift is world famous for its battlefield tours, escorted by knowledgeable and highly-qualified lecturers, steeped in the history of the region and telling the tale as they were taught to tell it by the renowned historian David Rattray.

Accommodation at the Lodge is on a full board basis and guests can chose which activities they would like to join, which are charged separately.

Lucy Kublikowski: I have had the privilege of visiting Fugitives Drift on 3 occasions, escorting guests or journalists. On the first visit I had no knowledge of the battles and hadn't even watched the film 'Zulu'. I was completely moved by my experience and am now a huge advocate for a visit to Fugitives Drift, and the battlefields of Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana. I urge you to put this on your list!

For more information about staying at Fugitive's Drift, holidays in South Africa or South Africa golf holidays, contact us here or call +44 208 249 5919 to speak to our South Africa holidays team.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Battlefield Tours
  • Curio shop
  • En suite bathrooms
  • Fire pit
  • Gardens
  • Game walks
  • Horse Riding
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant with set menu
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities