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About Fugitives Drift

Fugitives Drift is a spectacular private game reserve and Natural Heritage Site, facing the famous battle sites of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift in KwaZulu Natal. The lodge offers ultimate comfort and luxury, where each generously appointed room features a private en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers, air-conditioning, a mini-fridge, and a verandah that opens up to breathtaking vistas of the plains alongside the Buffalo River Gorge. Immerse yourself in delectable cuisine, enjoyed in the spacious dining room or, weather permitting, on the inviting deck. Additionally, relish the opportunity to unwind by the glistening swimming pool, surrounded by spectacular views overlooking Isandlwana and Rorkes' Drift.

Fugitives Drift Setting

Fugitives Drift offers an award-winning getaway destination where guests can learn about the history of the battle sites of Isandlwana and Rorker's Drift in one of the most naturally beautiful locations in South Africa. Led by wonderful guides, thought-provoking and often emotionally- -charged tours are conducted daily to the battlefields. Gracing the north-western skyline from the lodge is the imposing Oscarberg mountain at Rorke’s Drift. Just below, the lower section of the Lodge’s garden offers a panoramic view of a plain bustling with wildlife.

The terrain abruptly descends into the Buffalo River Gorge, marking the site where Lts. Melville and Coghill gallantly lost their lives attempting to rescue the Queen’s Colour of their renowned regiment. In a historical twist, they posthumously earned the first-ever Victoria Crosses, and their final resting place is a mere 15-minute walk from the lodge.

Accommodation options at Fugitives Drift

  • Fugitive's Lodge

    Min 1 guest - max 3 guests
    10 Rooms

    Fugitive's Lodge is the most stylish and elegant accommodation at Fugitive's Drift. The lodge has ten big rooms with ensuite bathrooms as well as indoor and ou…

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    from R 7998 / per-person-per-night

    R5199 Low Season '24

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    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
    Aircon
    Aircon
    Outdoor Shower
    Outdoor Shower
    En-suite bathroom
    En-suite bathroom
    Fridge
    Fridge
    Private Deck
    Private Deck
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  • Fugitive's Guest House

    Min 1 guest - max 3 guests
    6 Rooms

    Previously, the guest house was the home of Johan Potgieter and his family – known as one of the great storytellers of this area. The house is now a beautiful a…

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    from R 3568 / per-person-per-night

    R2319 Low Season '24

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    Fan
    Fan
    En-suite bathroom
    En-suite bathroom
    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
    Malaria Free
    Malaria Free
    WiFi
    WiFi
    Private Deck
    Private Deck

What's included

  • All meals
  • Teas & coffees
  • Graves Walking Tour & unguided walks on Fugitives Drift Game Reserve

Location

12

How to get there

  • 4 hrs

    King Shaka International Airport Durban

  • Fugitives Drift

    Fugitives' Drift Lodge, Rorke's Drift

  • Check in at Fugitives Drift

    14:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Fugitives Drift

    10:00 on day of departure

Frequently asked questions

  • Are children allowed?

  • Can we bring our pets?

  • Are there hot tubs?

  • Is there a swimming pool?

  • Is there a restaurant?

Reviews

  • Fabulous!

    This place really is special, regrettably only had one night, wished had been able to stay longer. Beautiful accommodation and gardens, so much effort has gone into the design. Staff delightful and food high quality. Really enjoyed our 2 battlefield tours but left little time to soak up the ambience at the lodge, a repeat visit is needed

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    James Scott

  • Must Visit

    Words cannot describe this place. If you want to stay somewhere perfect this is it. Everyone should visit this lodge at least once in there lifetime. Apart from the perfect service, ambience and facilities, the depth of knowledge of the guides is outstanding. When visiting the battlefields their ability to put you there alongside the soldiers amd warriors has to be heard to understand. Also there knowledge of the Fauna and Flora of the area matches Mr Attenborough's efforts.

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    T. Kensington

  • Memorable Stay

    The vibe was excellent. Everyone was extremely friendly and made the stay a joy. We stayed in the cottages furthest away from the Lodge. Therefore, passing and having selfies with the family of giraffes and zebras a few times a day made the stay even more memorable

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    J. Dawson

  • Historical Getaway

    The exquisite storytelling from both Mpesa and Doug Rattery on the tours off of the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift was truly remarkable and forever memorable. All staff were wonderful, the food was fabulous and we gifted by the company we met. Be sure to visit the library for the breathtaking views.

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    P. Belling

Fugitives Drift impact highlights

Social responsibility is very important at Fugitive’s Drift Lodge and the David Rattray Foundation support from the lodge focuses on developing the local infrastructure and contributing towards children’s education in the community. KHULA Education was started to increase the support given to schools in the community, further developing the quality of education for the children from their pre-school years through to graduation.

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