Kwazulu Natal » Anglo-Zulu Battlefields » Fugitives Drift Lodge


LOCATIONRorke's Drift, Anglo-Zulu Battlefields, Kwazulu-NatalPOOLYes
CHILD POLICYChildren of all ages welcomeMALARIA AREANo
WI-FIYesWHEELCHAIR FRIENDLYYes - accessible by wheelchair

  • The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift and this history is what is portrayed at Fugitives Drift. 
  • The reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest house where the love of South Africa, its people & its unique history come together to create an extraordinary experience. 
  • Tours guided by the finest guides in South Africa, guests can enjoy thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours. 

rates & special offers
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01 May - 31 July 2019 Kwa George R 1,070 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Guest House R 1,799 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Luxury Cottage R 2,828 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Umzinyathi House R 4,585 per house per night (self-catering max 6 people) special rate for advance bookings including serviced accommodation only
01 August - 31 December 2019 Kwa George R 1,070 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Guest House R 2,999 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Luxury Cottage R 4,370 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Umzinyathi House R 4,585 per house per night (self-catering max 6 people) special rate for advance bookings including serviced accommodation only
From R 1,199  per person per night sharing in the Guest House
From R 1,885 per person per night sharing in a Luxury Cottage
- valid 01 May to 31 July 2019
- long stay special offer based on a 3 night stay only
- one child under 12 years stays for free when sharing with parents

* Surcharges may apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends. 

• Accommodation
• All meals
• No single supplement charged for bookings consisting of 5 guests or less.
• There will be a 50% Single Supplement applicable for Group Bookings of 6 people or more.
• Children under 12 years sharing with two adults pay R 540 per child per night until 31 December 2019.
• Due to the length and content of the tours, children under the age of 12 years are normally not allowed to join these tours. It will be at the lecturer’s discretion whether children younger than 12 can be accommodated on tours. The Lodge offers child-minding facilities whilst parents are out on tour as well as in the evening while parents are at dinner.
• For the keen junior historians the Battlefield Kids program is an excellent option.
• Please understand that consideration must be provided to all guests being accommodated at the Lodge and Guest House, therefore the lodges does not allow children under 8 years into the dining/sitting room. Separate meal times will be arranged at the convenience of both child and parents.
• Fishing
• Guided Walks
• Walking Trails
• Mountain Biking
• Battlefield Tour
• Mangeni Falls
• Masondo
• Blood River and the site where the prince imperial was killed
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted special rates for International Residents are available on request.
• A conservation levy of R 150 per adult per night, R 75 per child per night 6 to 11 years is payable directly to the Lodge (subject to change)

5 hours drive from Johannesburg
4 hours drive from Durban

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


The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The historical Fugitives’ Drift property which is 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.

Fugitives’ Drift consists of three luxurious lodges: the Lodge, the Guest House and Umzinyathi House with Kwa George, each with its own unique ambience. Half a kilometre further up the hill one can find the old colonial farmhouse & cottages of the Guest House which has a more open, savannah-like topograhy and a further half a kilometre up the hill, set back from public access in private seclusion is the luxurious self-catering Umzinyathi House.

Both the Lodge and Guest House have spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages which all boast 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.

Guests can enjoy superb cuisine with a unique fusion of home and modern flavours whilst in the splendid atmosphere of a veritable museum of Zulu War memorabilia.


The Luxury Suites at the Lodge 
The Lodge is the original establishment, built by David and Nicky Rattray in 1989, and rebuilt and refurbished in 2017.  This is where the majority of the memorabilia is and can be found in the museum. Each spacious luxury en-suite room boasts a private verandah with outdoor shower.

The Guest House
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.
The Guest House boasts a sparkling pool that overlooks Isandlwana and the indigenous bushveld.

Umzinyathi & KwaGeorge
This farmhouse is a charming stone and corrugated iron roof building which was built in the 1920’s. It was the home of George Buntting, who was an expert on the Anglo Zulu War. The farmhouse is at the top of the reserve and has a wonderful view of Isandlwana. It has three en-suite bedrooms, a sitting room with fire place and a spectacular dining room.
Guests are required to drive to and from the Lodge or Guest House for meals and tours.


Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift

Fugitives’ Drift is renowned for its battlefield tours to all the Anglo-Zulu War battle sites in the region. These flagship tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are led by the registered tour guides of Fugitives Drift.

Mevill & Coghill
Guests can visit the graves of Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill who lost their lives in an attempt to save the Queen’s Colour, earning the first two posthumous Victoria Crosses ever awarded.

Battlefield Kids
Fugitives’ Drift is renowned for delivering awe-inspiring battlefield tours that bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift & Isandlwana to life. This experience gives a deep and tangible insight into some of the most moving of South Africa’s battlefields.
At Fugitives Drift kids under 12 years of age can participate in these tours. While these world-renowned tours set off with the parents, shorter, more interactive tours on the property are led by a guide just for the kids which will engage and inspire children with stories of the bravery and courage of the British soldiers and Zulu warriors. These tours will be followed by a game walk.


The old dining room at the Lodge which is now the museum, has always proved to be a huge asset to the often-complimented atmosphere and houses a remarkable collection of Zulu War memorabilia. Complementing this, a new venue, the Harford Library, has been built within the grounds of the Lodge.
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.
The Harford Library has the capacity to seat 34 guests and has a dedicated kitchen, wireless internet access and an integrated audio/visual system.

This part of KwaZulu Natal and the battlefields, indeed the whole region, are characterised by the most remarkable geography which, to quote David Rattray, “literally leaps out of the pages of She and Nada the Lilly…”. This geography, which was certainly enough to inspire Sir Henry Rider Haggard, is just as awe-inspiring to all guests. 
Both the Lodge and Guest House lie within the 5,000 acre Fugitives’ Drift Game Reserve which is a registered Natural Heritage Site and is teeming with wildlife. Boasting over 250 species of birds on the property, ranging from the Purple-crested Lourie to the Yellow Weaver, many of which can be seen from the comfort of the veranda.
A walk down to Fugitives’ Drift on the Buffalo River will afford an opportunity not only to swim in pools and rapids, but also to try ones hand at a spot of fishing. The 22km river frontage offers superb fishing.
Guided game walks, and hiking are all available.


  • Take the N3 highway south towards Durban for about 1 hour.
  • 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 Verde.
  • After about 15km, just before the town of Vrede, turn right on the R34 towards Memel and Newcastle. 
  • 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 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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