Fugitives Drift

Arguably the most historically rich lodge in South Africa

Site of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift

Fasting tours and talks on the Anglo-Zulu War from excellent guides

Facilities at Fugitives Drift

Horse Riding
Swimming Pool

When to go to Fugitives Drift


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Fugitive’s Drift is a wonderful destination for anyone who enjoys history or simply spectacular scenery. The lodge and guesthouse enjoy wonderful views of the mountains and Battlefields, and accommodation is in comfortable cottages that all have a very homely atmosphere. The cottages all have private balconies or terraces from which to enjoy the views and there is one two-bedroom cottage with it’s own sitting area, ideal for families. Both the lodge and guesthouse have their own swimming pool and stays here are on a full board basis. There is also Umzinyathi Farmhouse on the property, which is a self-catering house with 3 bedrooms, perfect for groups travelling together.


The Rattray family are knowledgeable historians, keen to share their interest in the fascinating history of the region. Fugitives Drift has the finest guides in South Africa, who offer guests thought-provoking and very emotional tours of the battlefields. There is walking, hiking, mountain biking, game drives, fishing and horse-riding on the property, and food and wine is also a big part of the experience of Fugitives Drift and guests are spoilt for choice in their selection of both.


Fugitive's Drift Lodge in home to 10 spacious luxury twin en-suite roos. The lodge is set on the site of the original Rattray homestead and houses the majority of the memorabilia in the central lounge and dining room area. Each of the bedrooms have a private verandah and there is a spectacular large swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River Gorge. The Lodge is also home to The Harford Library, with incredible views over the Buffalo River Gorge and the mountain of Isandlwana. Lunch is served on the deck here very day. 


At Fugitive's Drift Guests House there are six luxury en-suite rooms. This old farmhouse has been adapted to include a charming sitting and dining room and the outside eating area has a stunning view across a plain with Isandlwana in the distance. The Guest House also has a large swimming pool with views across the plain. 

Fugitives’ Drift is a spectacular 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooking both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, famous for being the sites of great battles during the Zulu War of 1879. Arguably Britain’s worst defeat ever, there are fascinating stories about the Anglo-Zulu War and the Rattray family who founded Fugitive’s Drift offer guests the chance to experience this extraordinary saga. The Lodge and Guesthouse are set in the hills above the Buffalo River Gorge in the KwaZulu-Natal Region of South Africa. The region is about a 5 hour drive from Johannesburg, or a 3 or 4 hour drive from Durban or Richards Bay.

We don’t believe that any trip to KwaZulu-Natal would be complete without a visit to Fugitives Drift. The history of the region is absolutely fascinating but even if you aren’t a history buff and don’t feel like being inspired by the excellent guides then it is a spectacular place to visit purely for the scenery. Beautiful vistas extend before you in every direction and it is a wonderful place to relax and unwind after a safari or busy trip exploring Cape Town.

Rates at Fugitive's Drift are full board, excluding drinks and tours.

Separate tour rates include tours to both Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana.

Children of all ages are welcome at Fugitive's Drift however due to the length and content of the tours, children under the age of 12 are not usually allowed to participate in them. The lodge does offer child-minding facilities though whilst parents are out on tours and in the evening when they are at dinner. For keen junior historians the Battlefield Kids program is an excellent option. 

There is limited mobile phone signal at Fugitive's Drift. 

Battlefield tours
Horse riding
Mountain biking
Nature walks

Stay 3, Pay 2 - Valid at Lodge & Guest House, 1st May - 31st July 2019

No Single Supplement - For anyone travelling as a single or in a group of 6 persons or less in 2018 and 5 persons or less in 2019. Valid all year. 

1 Child per family stays free of charge - Child must be aged under 12 and sharing with parents. Valid 1st May - 31st July 2019.

Complimentary Upgrade from Guest House to Lodge - Subject to availability on check-in. Valid 1st May - 31st July 2019.