The Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal offer an incredible insight into the history of South Africa, and the best way to really appreciate this bloody and fiercely-fought history is to stay here and go on one of the mesmerising and theatrical tours of the key areas.
Fugitives' Drift, in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields, offers such tours that will move you to tears and stay in your memory forever. The morning tour to Isandlwana takes in the battlefield, where a contingent of 2,500 British soldiers were over-run and defeated within a few short hours by twenty thousand Zulu warriors. The afternoon tour to Rorke's Drift firstly visits the small museum, and then gives a theatrical account of the bravery of the 136 British soldiers who defended the mission station against over 4,000 Zulus and saved injured and dying comrades from the burning hospital.
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.
The Lodge is situated on the site of the original Rattray homestead, and the spacious, luxury en-suite cottages each have a private verandah affording views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge. The Lodge is also home to The Annex, or Cottage. The Cottage has 2 en-suite bedrooms and a sitting-room, and is ideal for small families or couples travelling together. Another feature of the Lodge is the beautiful, shady, well established garden, home to innumerable birds, and the most spectacular large swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River gorge.
The Guest House consists of 6 cottages, each with a large en-suite bedroom that are individually decorated and with private verandahs offering sweeping views of the reserve and surrounding battlefields. The Guest House also boasts a charming sitting and dining room, an outside eating area, and a sparkling pool that overlooks Isandlwana and the indigenous bushveld.
Superb food and personal service are a feature of your stay at Fugitives Drift, whichever 'camp' you choose to stay in.
|Our standard rates for a En-Suite Room - The Lodge|
|1 September 2015 to 30 November 2015||GBP £ 158 US$ 236 ZAR 3,245 EUR 223||pps||Standard Rate||1+ nights|
|1 December 2015 to 31 December 2015||GBP £ 84 US$ 125 ZAR 1,715 EUR 118||pps||Standard Rate||1+ nights|
|1 January 2016 to 31 March 2016||GBP £ 172 US$ 256 ZAR 3,525 EUR 242||pps||Standard Rate||1+ nights|
|1 April 2016 to 31 July 2016||GBP £ 113 US$ 169 ZAR 2,320 EUR 160||pps||Standard Rate (1-2)||1 to 2 nights|
|1 April 2016 to 31 July 2016||GBP £ 113 US$ 169 ZAR 2,320 EUR 160||pps||Stay Pay (3/2)||3+ nights|
|1 August 2016 to 31 December 2016||GBP £ 172 US$ 256 ZAR 3,525 EUR 242||pps||Standard Rate (1-2)||1 to 2 nights|
|1 August 2016 to 31 December 2016||GBP £ 172 US$ 256 ZAR 3,525 EUR 242||pps||Stay Pay (3/2)||3+ nights|
Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. The rate excludes any tours - rates available on request.
Children of any age are welcome, but if under 12 they are not allowed on tours. Rates available on request.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Fugitives' Drift can be included in you own dream holiday.
A magical mixture of peaceful mountainsides, cosmopolitan coastal resorts, historical insights and show-stopping safaris, this eleven-day itinerary will leave impressions that last a lifetime. You’ll begin your holiday in barefoot-style on the sun-soaked beaches of Durban before tracking the Big Five through the lush landscape of Mkuze Falls.
11 day itinerary.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
General Information For Guests
Dress code is casual.
Isandlwana tour - departs after breakfast at 7.30 am, returning to the Lodge for lunch at approx 1 pm. Rorke's Drift tour - departs after lunch at 3.15 pm in summer and 2.45 pm in winter, and returns to the Lodge in time to have evening drinks before dinner.
Price on request.
Other tours, horse riding and walks available on request.
From Johannesburg: Take the N3 towards Durban. Just before the Wilge Toll Plaza take the Villiers turn-off (R103) and head towards Warden. Take the R34 to Vrede, Memel and Newcastle. Go through Newcastle, turn right onto the Ladysmith road (N11). After 16 km take the R621 to Dannhauser, Hattingspruit and Dundee. In Dundee, take the R33 to Greytown. After 14 km turn left to Rorke's Drift, drive for 29 km. Go beyond Rorke's Drift for 2 km, turn left onto D31 signposted Fugitive's Drift. Go along this road for 7 km through the black gate until you see the Guest House and the Lodge.
From Durban: Take the N3 to Pietermaritzburg. Take the R33 to Greytown, and follow signs to Dundee. 10 km after Pomeroy take the turn-off to the right, signposted Elandskraal. At Elandskraal (which consists of a church and a trading store), turn left to Rorke's Drift. Go for about 14 km, and before you get to Rorke's Drift, turn right onto the D31. Follow directions above.
From Hluhluwe: From Empangeni take the R34 to Melmoth, then the R68 to Babanango and Nqutu. 40 km from Babanango, take the turn-off to the left, marked Isandlwana. Follow this road past the Isandlwana battlefield, then turn left onto the D30 and follow signs to Rorke's Drift. Turn left at the T-junction to Rorke's Drift. Go 2 km past Rorke's Drift, turn left into the D31, and follow directions above.
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