MORE ABOUT FUGITIVES DRIFT
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.
FLAGSHIP TOURS AT FUGITIVES DRIFT
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.
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 HARFORD LIBRARY
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.
MORE ABOUT THE AREA
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.