Fugitives’ Drift Lodge

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Fugitives’ Drift Lodge

Fugitives Drift Lodge stands on a magnificent 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site that overlooks the historic Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. Luxury cottages at either the Guest House or the Lodge provide spacious accommodation that will transport you back in time, each having a private verandah that overlooks the African plains. 

The Rorke’s Drift region in Kwa-Zulu Natal is known for its rich heritage, and experienced guides who are well versed in the art of storytelling will captivate you as they walk you through the legendary battlefields. Other activities available to guests are mountain biking or horseback riding through the reserve.

The Lodge is built on the original Rattray homestead and offers eight en-suite bedrooms that are a blend of African warmth and classic elegance. The Annex also belongs to the Lodge, its two en-suite bedrooms and lounge making it ideal for families.

The Guest House cottages are classic and spacious, offering six en-suite rooms with views over the battlefields. The dining and sitting room have been converted from the immortalized “Mr Pot’s” home, the memorabilia on display adding to its old-world charm. The Harford Library and deck offers a dedicated venue that overlooks the Buffalo River Gorge and provides a high vantage point from where guests can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the African wilderness.

For those who would like a more low-key experience, Umzinyathi Farmhouse and Kwa George offer a quaint, rustic experience.

Spectacular swimming pools are available to both the Lodge and Guest House. Flanked by lush gardens, they providing a tranquil place to relax and enjoy the rich birdlife of the area. Guided nature walks will reveal African game, and fly-fisherman can enjoy the spoils of the Buffalo River.

Mealtimes offer indulgent cuisine that has been hailed “of Michelin star” standard. Conversations around the outdoor evening fire add to the welcoming hospitality provided by staff whose service is outstanding. For a unique slice of African history, served with passion and dedication in a spectacular setting, Fugitives Drift Lodge offers an unforgettable experience. As one previous guest said, it is “informing, moving…a must-stay location”.




Property Facilities

  • Bar
  • Library
  • Malaria Free
  • Pool
  • Restaurant

Available Services

  • Babysitting Service
  • Credit Card
  • Laundry Service

Activities Nearby

  • Battlefield Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Game Viewing
  • Historical Tours
  • Horse-back Safaris
  • Mountain Biking

Room Types


The Lodge Luxury En Suite Cottages

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


The Annex Cottage

The Lodge is also home to our Annex, or Cottage. The Cottage has been redesigned to have two en-suite bedrooms and a sitting-room. One bathroom has a shower and bath, the other is a small shower-room. It is ideal for small families or couples travelling together.


The Guest House Standard En Suite Cottages

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


Umzinyathi Self Catering Cottage

The farmhouse is a charming stone and corrugated iron roof building built in the 1920’s. It was the home of George Buntting, who was an expert on the Zulu War and where as a young boy, David Rattray spent many holidays. It was from George Buntting that David developed his passion for history and his particular interest in the Anglo Zulu War.
The farmhouse is at the top of the reserve and has a wonderful view of Isandlwana. It has 3 bedrooms (and a very small 4th bedroom), sitting room with fire place, dining room, kitchen and only 1 bathroom, with a bath, basin and toilet. There is a double rose hot shower outside.
Guests interested in this accommodation must be aware that this house, although having electricity, comfortable beds and hot water, is somewhat rustic. David did not want the dwelling changed on account of his special childhood memories here.

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Kwa George

An addition to Fugitives’ Drift is in the grounds of Umzinyathi Farmhouse; aptly named “KwaGeorge” which means, “Place of George” in the Zulu language.
Kwa George consists of a twin bedroom, en suite shower and verandah.

All meals are included in this rate. Meals are served at the Lodge or Guest House. This does mean that guests staying at KwaGeorge will be required to drive themselves to and from the Lodge or Guest House for all meals and for the tours.