Fugitive's Drift is the ford (or 'drift') where many of fleeing British and colonial troops lucky enough to escape Isandlwana alive crossed the Buffalo River back into the Crown Colony of Natal.
Fugitives Drift Lodge
Owned by the Rattray family, the property is in an ideal location for travellers who enjoy history and scenic surroundings, boasting wonderful views of the mountains and Battlefields themselves. Accommodation is in very comfortable cottages, suitable for families or couples travelling together, and aims to create a home away from home for guests. The history of the property and the surroundings are a pivotal part of one’s experience at Fugitive’s Drift Lodge and guests are offered the chance to visit Isandlwala and Rorke’s Drift. These regions are where the Anglo-Zulu War took place in 1879, and tour guides provide a gripping tale of events.
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All of the property's accommodation options are large with good amenities, spacious en suite bathrooms and private balconies offering immaculate views over the plains. Amenities include telephones, safety deposit box, hairdryers and toiletries and all are decorated in a similar style. Accommodation comprises of a handful of spacious cottages, each one tastefully decorated and featuring a private veranda.
The Rattray family have ensured that the history of the region is an important part of their guests' experience and that the accommodation embraces the beautiful nature of its surroundings, with each cottage combining historical artefacts with modern furnishings to create a characterful, warm and inviting environment.
Fugitive’s Drift is located at Rorke’s Drift, within the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa and within a 20 square kilometre Natural Heritage Site. The property is located on the very site where clashes took place between the Zulu warriors and British soldiers, making it a poignant and fascinating place to stay and explore.
Food and drink
A huge part of the lodge's aim is to personalise each guest's experience. Food and wine selection is therefore excellent, and guests staying here are spoilt for choice. Breakfast and lunch is served in the Harford Library, which has amazing views, and on warm, clear days guests are treated to breakfast and lunch outside on the deck. Guests dine from a set menu, served in the boma or in the main house.
The property has many outdoor activities for all ages, including the Battlefield Kids program for younger guests. Families can be accommodated in the lodge's two sets of inter-leading rooms. It is worth noting that some tours and drives may not allow children under the age of 12, and younger children are not allowed in the dining room.
The lodge creates a friendly yet private ambiance for honeymooners, and the scenic surroundings create an intimate setting to celebrate any special occasion.
Facilities and activities
A large swimming pool is available for guest use, set within the pleasant gardens. The lodge also offers complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas, a turn down and wake up service and a number of interesting tours, which form a great part of the Fugitive’s Drift experience.
No trip to Kwazulu Natal would be complete without a stay at this fantastic property. The Rattray family are natural historians who are keen to share their in-depth knowledge with their guests, together with providing a fantastic stay at their beautiful property in breathtaking surroundings.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
As you tour Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, an expert guide will bring these battles to life, explaining how the numerically and tactically superior Zulu army crushed the better-equipped British at Isandlwana.