Fugitives' Drift Lodge
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Fugitives' Drift Lodge

he 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 and horserides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife are offered as well as fishing the 20km frontage on the Buffalo River.

The Lodge is situated on the site of the original Rattray homestead where David’s parents Peter and Gillian came for their holidays and here the seeds of this unique operation took root in those early years.


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Fugitives’ Drift boasts two ‘camps’: The Lodge and The Guest House.Both offer a high standard of fully catered, en-suite accommodation and are 600m apart. We also offer more basic self-catering accommodation at Umzinyathi House which is 2km from The Lodge. All our guests, whether staying at The Lodge, The Guest House, Umzinyathi House or KwaGeorge, experience the same tours with the same guide or lecturer

Spacious, luxury en-suite cottages each have a private verandah affording views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge.

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To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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