Fugitives Drift Lodge

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Fugitives Drift Lodge is synonymous with the late David Rattray, an internationally recognised authority on the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. Fugitives Drift still works with the team he put together bringing the Anglo Zulu war back to life. Offering luxury accommodation and historical tours, Fugitives Drift is one of the best places to stay in the KwaZulu Natal Battlefields region.

Fugitives Drift Lodge offers 8 luxury en suite rooms each with its own veranda looking out towards Buffalo Gorge. The guest house has 6 luxury en suite bedrooms and views out across the battlefields. There is also a self-catering annex cottage that has 3 en suite bedrooms and views out over Isandlwana.

How to get to Fugitives Drift Lodge

Fugitives Drift Lodge is approximately 3 to 4 hours' drive from Durban and 5 hours' drive from Johannesburg.

Activities at Fugitives Drift Lodge

Battlefields tours; walks through Buffalo Gorge (a Natural Heritage Site) where you can spot wildlife and birds; horse riding to the site where the Victoria Crosses were won and tours to Mangeni Falls or Masondo.

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Fugitives Drift Lodge Reviews

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Client Score: 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews 5 View more reviews
Fugitives Drift Lodge

Alison Diskin & Mark Bradley


We loved this place. The room was fantastic, the staff excellent, the food was some of the best we had in SA. The battlefield tours were first class with very knowledgeable guides, who left us feeling quite emotional. Nicky is continuing the fantastic work with the local children and ensuring that the voice of the Zulu people is heard. Would recommend it to anyone. In retrospect we would have liked one day less at the Cavern and another here as it would have felt a little less rushed and it was such a lovely place that we would have been happy just to spend some time relaxing and reading some of their books. Being able to walk in their reserve, just yards from the giraffe was a bonus.

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Fugitives Drift Lodge

Mr Bill Woodcock


Like a house party. Guides were superb. Well worth the hair raising drive along rough roads to get there ( We did manage to get lost but were "talked down on our mobiles" back to where we should have been). Thought the recommended wine at dinner was a little expensive compared with everywhere else but then again delivering it would not have been easy !

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Graham Finney


Wonderful atmosphere and the guides to the Zulu/British battlefields (Islandlwana and Rourkes Drift) have made a lasting impression on us. So much so that they are regularly topics of conversation even after some 9 months since we were there. Accomodation as above for Audacia Manor and the camaraderie at night when we all had dinner together was great. '5 stars plus' to Fugitives Drift

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Selected Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries that visit Fugitives Drift Lodge

All South Africa Itineraries
Fans of the Rainbow Nation

Cape Town and Kwazulu Natal Self Drive Adventure

Cost Per Person
From $2,580 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Cape Town, Battlefields, Nambiti Private Game Reserve