Fugitives Drift Lodge and Guest House

The Rattray family; pioneers of Heritage Tourism in South Africa, have created an award winning lodge for visitors to savour this extraordinary saga, with accommodation offered at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge itself and their beautiful Guest House several hundred yards away.

 

Fugitives Drift Lodge and Guest House, Kwazulu Natal Fugitives Drift Lodge and Guest House, Kwazulu Natal Fugitives Drift Lodge and Guest House, Kwazulu Natal

Survivors from Isandlwana crossed the Buffalo River at a place forever after named "The Fugitives' Drift" and this spectacular property, a Natural Heritage Site, overlooking the "sphinx" of Isandlwana and the Oskarberg at Rorke's Drift, includes the site where Lieutenant Melvill and Lieutenant Coghill lost their lives saving the Queen's Colour of the 24th Regiment.

The Rattray family; pioneers of Heritage Tourism in South Africa, have created an award winning lodge for visitors to savour this extraordinary saga, with accommodation offered at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge itself and their beautiful Guest House several hundred yards away. Fugitives’ Drift is renowned for its Battlefield Tours to all the Zulu War and Anglo-Boer War battle sites in the region.The Lodge where the Rattray family are based, is set on a hillside above the Buffalo River Gorge. Enjoy superb meals in the splendid atmosphere of a veritable museum of Zulu War memorabilia. Spacious, comfortable, en-suite cottages each have a private verandah affording views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge.

The Guest House is filled with Zulu artefacts and an interesting eclectic décor, with the original, old farmhouse as the dining and entertaining area. Terra-Cotta cottages have large, en-suite bedrooms that are tastefully decorated in a simple, ethnic style and all have private verandahs with sweeping views of the reserve and surrounding battlefields.

Umzinyati Farm House: The farmhouse is a charming stone and iron roof building built in the 1920’s. It was the home of George Bunting, who was an expert on the Zulu War and who as a little boy, David Rattray spent many holidays. It was from George Bunting that David developed his passion for this period of history. The farmhouse has 3 bedrooms (and a very small 4 bedroom), sitting room with fire place, dining room, kitchen and a bathroom. There is also a double rose hot shower outside.

Kwa George: The newest addition to Fugitives’ Drift is a set-apart room; aptly named “Kwa George” which means, “Place of George” in the Zulu language. It is built on the property of their self-catering unit, Umzinyathi House. Kwa George consists of a bedroom and a bathroom with a shower, and has been tastefully decorated with our consistent style.

All meals are included at Fugitive's Drift. Meals are served at the Lodge.

 The 2,500 hectare reserve contains diverse and abundant wildlife including giraffe, zebra, kudu, hartebeest and a host of smaller antelope, as well as 275 recorded bird species. The Buffalo Gorge is a Natural Heritage Site where spectacular walks can be enjoyed.

TOUR DESCRIPTIONS AT FUGITIVES’ DRIFT LODGE AND GUEST HOUSE:

ISANDLWANA:The Battle of Isandlwana, 22 January 1879. British defeat or Zulu victory. Depart at 7:30am for Isandlwana with a tape recorded by David Rattray playing in the vehicle explaining the background to the Anglo-Zulu War. There is a stop at 9:00 for a comfort break and to view the museum at Isandlwana. The lecture of the battlefield begins at 9:45 until around 11:45, when there is tea, coffee and refreshments served. One is then able to view the monumentsThe Zulu memorial is then explained and a tape is played en route back to the Lodge regarding the story of the survivors and events after the battle of IsandlwanaBack at the Lodge for lunch at 1:00pm.

RORKE’S DRIFT: The battle of Rorke’s Drift, 22 January 1879. An account of this epic defence against impossible odds – an action in which 11 V.C.’s were won. Depart at 2:15pm. Guests have time to look through the museum at Rorke’s Drift Battlefield orientation until 4:00pm. The lecture is until about 6:00pm including walking around the hospital explaining the battle sequentially in the building. Then time to look at the memorials and grave yard before returning to the lodge.

 

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