Hark back to the famous Zulu War of 1879 when the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift changed South Africa’s history forever. Now you can relive these battles with top tour guides if you stay at the magnificent Fugitives’ Drift property, a 5000-acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooking both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Meet the pioneers of Heritage Tourism, David and Nicky Rattray, who love what they do and offer you the warmest hospitality in the fascinating region. Enjoy long walks and horse rides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife and fishing the 20km of Buffalo River.

Fugitives’ Drift lodge and guest house are located inside the Fugitives’ Drift game reserve on the lip of the Buffalo River gorge, at an altitude of 3,450 feet.

The guest house has a commanding view of the peak of Isandlwana, and of the rough country the fugitives from the battle had to traverse in order to get back across the Buffalo River into Natal.

The guest house was once the home of Mr. and Mrs. Potgieter who were immortalized 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 verandas have been retained and there is a lovely outside eating area. There are are 6 superior twin en-suite rooms, all with views of the garden, which has an abundance of bird life in it. We also have two rooms for guides and drivers. The guest house has a large swimming pool; also hosting spectacular views across the plain.

Guests at the guest house are able to take part in our world-renowned tours to the Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift battlefields. For more information, please follow the 'Battlefield Tours' tab on the homepage.

Fugitives Drift Lodge Chair

The Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal exude an aura of eccentricity. It is here, built on the original Rattray homestead, on a magnificent 5000acre Natural Heritage Site that Fugitives Drift Lodge is located. This superb South Africa accommodation overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, where the illustrious Anglo Zulu war of 1879 was fought.
There are two Battlefields accommodation options at Fugitives Drift Lodge, one is The Lodge and the other is The Guest House. The Lodge, being the original establishment, houses most of the souvenirs in the central lounge and dining area.
8 spacious luxury twin en-suite rooms featuring verandahs including an annex cottage comprising 3 twin rooms, 2 bathrooms and a sitting room encompass the accommodation offered at The Lodge. A superbly large swimming pool situated on a remote spur on the lip of the Buffalo River Gorge surrounded by a stunning indigenous shaded garden – home to numerous birds, is the highlight of this abode
The Guest House consists of 6 luxury twin en-suite rooms complete with verandahs looking over the battlefields in the distance. There is also a guide’s / driver’s room and a swimming pool. The Hartford Library and deck provides a high vantage point from where guests can engross themselves in the sights and sounds of the African wilderness.
Fugitives Drift Lodge is an ideal destination for the discerning traveler wanting a South Africa holiday filled with awe and reverence. A place where memorable experiences are encountered. The hospitality is enchanting and the friendly, personal service coupled with the delectable cuisines create a relaxed atmosphere.
Battlefields’ activities include day tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, Mangeni Falls, Masondo, Blood River and the site where the Prince Imperial was killed. The location of Fugitives Drift Lodge on a Game Reserve affords guests to embark on game walks, fishing and Horse-riding, mountain biking and hiking. There are over 200 bird species on the property as well.

Fugitives Drift Guest House


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