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LOCATIONRorke's DriftPOOLYes
BIG 5 GAME RESERVENoSPAYes
OFF ROADNoAIRCONYes - at the main lodge
CAMP FENCEDYesCELLPHONE SIGNALLimited
CHILD POLICYYesMALARIANo


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  • The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
  • Overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment
  • It was here that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and created an award winning lodge for visitors to savour this extraordinary saga.




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RATE INCLUDES
• Accommodation
• All meals

SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• There will be a 50% Single Supplement added to Group Bookings of 6pax or more.
CHILD POLICY
• Children of all ages are welcome
• No children under 12 years will be allowed on the tours
• Children under the age of 7 years will not be allowed in the dining/sitting area
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
• Fishing
• Horse Riding
• Walking Trails
• Mountain Biking
• Battlefield Tour
• Mangeni Falls
• Masondo
• Blood River and the site where the prince imperial was killed
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Check In – After 12 noon
• Check out - 10:00
• Entrance to the property is locked at 18:00. Late arrivals need to be arranged prior to check in.





INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
5 Hours from Johannesburg
4 Hours from Durban

ACCOMMODATION
The Lodge - 10 Luxury En-Suite Rooms
Guest House - 6 En-Suite Rooms
Umzinyathi House - 3 En-Suite Rooms (Self Catering)
Kwa George - 1 En-Suite Room


ABOUT FUGITIVES DRIFT

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 are available. Fugitives’ Drift is world famous for its battlefield tours, led by brothers, Andrew and Douglas, who are very 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.

The Lodge, near Rorke’s Drift, is situated on the site of the original Rattray homestead, where David’s parents enjoyed their holidays, and here the seeds of this unique operation took root in those early years. The Lodge is the original establishment, built 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 all have a private verandah. A feature of the Lodge is the beautiful shady, well-established garden – home to innumerable birds – and a spectacular, large swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River Gorge.
The Lodge is home to The Harford Library - with incredible views over the Buffalo River Gorge and the mountain of Isandlwana, the Harford Library offers a fantastic venue for friends who wish to relax and celebrate, or for executive groups to meet and contemplate the important business lessons which can be drawn from these remarkable stories. Lunch is served on the deck every day.
At Fugitives’ Drift Guest House there are 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 large en-suite rooms all have verandahs and sweeping views of the reserve. We also have 2 guide’s / driver’s rooms. The Guest House has a large swimming pool with views across the plain.


ABOUT RORKE'S DRIFT
 
The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment.
 
If one tried to dream up geography and topography for the clash between two great nations, one could hardly come up with a more fantastic scene than this one.
 
It was here that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and created an award winning lodge for visitors to savour this extraordinary saga.
 
Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Walks, horserides and mountain biking through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife are offered as well as fishing the 20km frontage on the Buffalo River.
 
The reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest House, both owned by the Rattrays and both born out of their extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Evident in every corner of Fugitives’ Drift is the Rattrays’ love of South Africa, its people and its unique history.
 
Both the Lodge and Guest House have spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages which all have private verandahs and broad views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge. The Lodge and Guest House both have swimming pools set in their colourful, well established gardens which are home to innumerable bird species.
 
 
 



GETTING THERE



DIRECTIONS
FROM JOHANNESBURG (5 HOURS)

 Take the N3 highway south towards Durban for about 1• hours. Cross the Vaal River and just before the Wilge Toll Plaza, turn off the N3 onto the R103 and head towards WARDEN. After about 60km, turn left onto the R34 towards VREDE. After about 15km, just before the town of Vrede, turn right on the R34 towards MEMEL and NEWCASTLE. (Be very careful of potholes for 16km between Memel and the top of Botha’s pass on the R34). Go through Newcastle and turn right onto the LADYSMITH road (N11). After 16km take the R621 to Dannhauser, Hattingspruit and Dundee. In Dundee, at the 5th traffic light (in the main street) turn right on the R33 towards Greytown. The signboard is on the left of the road. Then after 14km turn left onto dirt to RORKE’S DRIFT, drive for 29km to Rorke’s Drift. Go beyond Rorke’s Drift for 3km and turn left onto the D31 signed Fugitives’ Drift. Go along this road for 7km through the big black gate until you see signs for the Lodge and Guest House, on the right. (Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm).
 
FROM DURBAN (4 HOURS)
 
From the Airport, head north on the N2 towards EMPANGENI and GINGINDLOVU. Leave the N2, following signs for GINGINDLOVU and ESHOWE. Drive through Gingindlovu heading towards Eshowe. Drive past Eshowe and proceed on the R66 for MELMOTH. Turn LEFT after Melmoth for BABANANGO/NQUTU on the R68, after 20.9 km’s turn right onto the R68 for Babanango. In Babanango, turn left at the crossroads. After 40km turn LEFT for ISANDLWANA on a dirt road. Drive past the battlefield and after 9km turn left for RORKE’S DRIFT on the D30. Drive 9km to RORKE’S DRIFT and turn left, driving through the village. After 3km, turn LEFT for FUGITIVES’ DRIFT on the D31.
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