Fugitives Drift Lodge & Guest House

Accommodation in Dundee

Star Rating:4

The 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 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 reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest House, both owned by the Rattrays and both born out of their extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Evident in every corner of Fugitives’ Drift is the Rattrays’ love of South Africa, its people and its unique history.

Both the Lodge and Guest House have spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages which all have 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.

Room Description at :

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.


Cottages have large, en-suite bedrooms that are individually decorated and all have private verandahs with sweeping views of the reserve and surrounding battlefields.


Inclusions / Exclusions

Rates Include:
Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Tourism Levy and 14% VAT

Rates Exclude:
Optional excursions


Extra information

For details of our tours, please see our Tours Page.

The dress code is smart-casual. For the tours you will need comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sun block, binoculars, sunglasses and a light jersey/jacket for the summer and in winter a warm jacket/fleece. A light rain-proof jacket may come in very handy in the summer months.

Summer is our rainy season and we often experience thunderstorms in the afternoons. The days are hot, but we occasionally enjoy very cool overcast days in summer. Our winters are generally mild and dry with warm days and chilly mornings and evenings. Always be prepared for a sudden change in the temperature; it can get cold very quickly all year round.

A 36km stretch of good gravel road leads to Fugitives’ Drift. A 4x4 vehicle is not necessary. Please ensure you have sufficient fuel for your onward journey and a serviceable spare wheel.

Please note the gate at the entrance to the property is locked at 18:00. Please advise us if you are likely to arrive later than this time.

Arrival time is after 12 noon.  Rooms should be vacated by 10:00 for the convenience of arriving guests.  Late departure times can be arranged at the Lodge and Guest House, subject to the availability of rooms.

Fugitives' Drift is malaria-free.