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Fugitives Drift Lodge

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An award-winning pioneer of heritage tourism in South Africa, Fugitives Drift Lodge is set in a 5000-acre game reserve with 22km of river frontage. It is synonymous with the late David Rattray, an internationally recognized authority on the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. Fugitives Drift still works with the team he put together in order to bring the Anglo-Zulu war back to life.

Fugitives Drift Lodge offers 10 spacious, en suite rooms each with its own veranda looking out towards Buffalo Gorge. You will eat communally in the large dining room or out on the deck and after your battlefield tour can take a dip in the swimming pool, with fantastic views out over Isandlwana and Rorkes' Drift.

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Expert View

  • Thought-provoking and often emotionally charged AngloZulu battlefield tours
  • A fine collection of books, papers, and artwork pertaining to the Zulu War
  • Teeming with wildlife and with views out over Zululand and the battlefields
  • Hospitable hosts who treasure the area and its history and want to share it

At a glance

  • 10 Rooms
  • All Ages
  • Open All Year
  • Full Board
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We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"Book a guided scenic walk through the reserve to learn about vegetation, spoor, game (large and small), birds, insects, medicinal properties of certain plants, and other interesting facts."

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