Fugitives Drift Lodge

Fugitives Drift Lodge

D31 Rorke's Drift Rorke's Drift, Rorke's Drift 3016 South Africa
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The Anglo-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 5000 acre 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. Take part in Fugitives’ Drift’s awe-inspiring battlefield tours, which bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana to life, leaving one with a deep and tangible insight into some of the most moving of South Africa’s battlefields. Five star accommodation, world-class battlefield tours, abundant game and birdlife, superb food and wine, and breathtaking views out over Zululand and the battlefields make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Secured parking
Internet
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Bottled water
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu

Location

D31 Rorke's Drift Rorke's Drift, Rorke's Drift 3016 South Africa
Getting there
King Shaka Intl Airport
144.5 km
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5.0 of 5 bubbles627 reviews
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Fugitives Drift Lodge earns rave reviews for its exceptional service and engaging staff, creating a welcoming atmosphere reminiscent of comfort and tradition. The spacious rooms with stunning views are a hit among guests seeking luxury, complemented by the lodge's cinematic terrace. Set within a wildlife-rich reserve, the location is superb for those interested in battlefield tours, although access can be challenging. While the experience comes with a high price tag, many travelers consider it well worth it for the unique tours and the chance to mingle with other guests during communal dining.
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waxyLondon wrote a review Feb 2020
Chigwell, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
From the minute we arrived to the minute we left I have never stayed anywhere where the staff are so friendly. Everyone introduced themselves to us and we were all on first name basis. All the guests met for drinks before dinner and ate together at the same time. The food was really delicious. There was no choice in the menu for dinner but we had given our food requirements to the lodge prior to arrival and we were well catered for. Breakfast was buffet style with the choice of a hot breakfast too. Lunch was a hot & cold buffet as well and we really liked the food, the chef is first rate.

The actual lodge was a very good size and had a four poster bed which you shut mosquito nets around at night. The bathroom was big too with a shower and separate bath. I liked the heated towel rail which allowed us to dry the towels without having to change them.

The tours we did of Rorke’s drift, Isandlwana and the battlefields were fascinating and excellent value for money.
We had a quick dip in the pool between tours as it was so hot when we were there.

We were sad to leave Fugitive Drift Lodge it was such a unique place to stay with unrivalled hospitality. When we left it felt like we were leaving good friends behind.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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suttonstaithe wrote a review Feb 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fugitives Drift lodge is near perfect. Set on the side of a hill overlooking Buffalo River the lodge we stayed in was first class . Spacious, comfortable, clean with internal and external showers and an enormous bed it could not really have been better.

The lodges are set amongst lawns and trees and are reached by decking walkways from the main dining and seating areas. It has a wonderful tranquil atmosphere.

In the evening there are drinks around the fire and excellent food and drink.

The Zulu war tours brings history alive. My wife was not particularly interested before we arrived but was just as fascinated as me by the time we left. Our guides Mphiwa and Bryan, to whom many thanks for your storytelling skills, had us totally engrossed and moved. Mphiwas grandfather fought in the wars and Bryan went to school in Rorkes Drift and its intriguing to hear the Zulu perspective on the past and present.

We drove from Durban and it has to be said it’s a bit of an adventure in its self finding Fugitives Drift but when you do you will not regret it. David
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AmandaP347 wrote a review Feb 2020
Midhurst, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent three nights here and we really enjoyed the battlefield tours... beautifully led by Philadelphia and Brian and seeing all the topography really brought it all to life. Accommodation was lovely with gorgeous rooms, very comfortable bed and we particularly enjoyed our terrace and view of the gamepark animals in the distance. Bath water was hugely brown and gritty though,and I do mean dark brown and ran three baths on three days to check it wasn’t a one off. It was a shame as Bath and bathroom were lovely. Minor blip though, outweighed by service levels and charm, particularly from Grace and Tops and happy Archie. We enjoyed one of the trail walks round the park, lovely views of the river and wildlife as well as a morning lazing at the pool. Particularly recommend a trip down to the library terrace where the view is just stunning and so serene.

Food prepared by chef Jason was first class consistently. Lunch and dinner are taken together with everyone at the lodge.. appreciate this is lodge culture often but think there should be an evening off where guests can have a private dinner as three lunches and dinners with strangers was frankly just too much for us... each to his own though. Thoroughly recommend this lodge.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Daisy P, General Manager at Fugitives Drift Lodge
Responded 11 Feb 2020
Hi Amanda, Thank you very much for the feedback. Philadelphia (otherwise known as Mphiwa) and Bryan certainly both do fantastic battlefields tours, and we are so pleased that you enjoyed them. Thank you also for the good feedback regarding the food and our beautiful rooms. We are very sorry about your bath water - it should not be that colour at all. Now that the issue has been brought to our attention, we have sorted it out (a quick and easy fi!) but we wish you had mentioned it during your stay so that we could have fixed it in time for you to have a nice big clear bath! With regards to the dining together - we understand that this might not suit everyone and are therefore very happy to seat guests at individual tables. You do need to ask in order to make this happen, though. Thank you for your otherwise positive review, and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. The FD team
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Lauri L wrote a review Sept 2020
Pretoria, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently spent a lovely seven days at the Fugitives’ Drift lodge. It was our first change of scenery since lockdown in SA began and desperately needed a break. We thoroughly enjoyed the room with its lovely view, the lodge with its library and museum and felt welcomed by the very friendly and hospitable staff. Loved the dogs!

We pretty much exhausted the various guided battlefield tours offered and were not disappointed: Douglas is a national treasure. His organic hard disk is chock full of the narrative and details of the battlefields, and his gift of storytelling made it all become alive; we could almost smell the gunpowder and hear the pounding of hooves.
Riina & Lauri
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Nicky Rattray, Owner at Fugitives Drift Lodge
Responded 02 Sept 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely review - we were thrilled to have you here as our first guests post lock down!
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Road29140088310 wrote a review Oct 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights.
Fugitives Drift Lodge is in every way a welcoming and luxurious place to stay.
We saw Giraffe, Zebra, Springbok and many more animals.
The food at the Lodge is exceptional, my wife is vegetarian and she was delighted with what was prepared for her.
Nicky, Doug, Nicko and the whole team are there for their guests and can not do more for them.
Of course the Lodge is the place to go, for an understanding of, and to visit the battlefield sites of the Anglo Zulu war of 1879.
We were taken by the eloquent, passionate and expert guide Bryan to the site of the Zulu victory at Isandhlwana, and he described the battle in the context of the landscape. At one point he had me moved to tears at the bravery of both sides. The next day Bryan took me to other lesser known sites including where the Zulu impi hid before the battle and the lonely site where the Prince Imperial of France died.
On the third full day we went yo Rorkes Drift where Bryan gave another superb narration.
If you ever want to stay in luxury and walk those famous fields that were stained with brave mens blood, we recommend that you visit the superb Fugitives Drift Lodge.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Nicky Rattray, Owner at Fugitives Drift Lodge
Responded 06 Oct 2023
Thank you for your lovely review, we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us
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mwmday wrote a review Sept 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a party of 5 couples traveling with Rob Caskie on a Battlefields Tour to Hlobane & Blood River.

We were based at Fugitive's Drift. Overall, we had an excellent weekend due in no small measure to the excellence of our stay at Fugitive's Drift. Thank you to Nicky and Lorinda for your hospitality which was marvelous as usual.

As we live through this surreal time of COVID, those who can should take advantage of the special prices on offer to stay at great properties like Fugitive's Drift.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Nicky Rattray, Owner at Fugitives Drift Lodge
Responded 09 Sept 2021
Thank you Mike, we really appreciate your support, especially during these trying times!
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Cin Cin wrote a review Feb 2020
United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We initially read a review of this lodge in a UK Sunday paper which was highly complimentary, so when planning a holiday in South Africa this year we wanted to make sure we included it into our itinerary: we’re so glad we did as it proved to be one of our holiday highlights. The battlefield tours are enthralling, especially if you’re lucky enough to get young Douglas leading the Rorke’s Drift tour: he is a consummate and highly knowledgeable story teller whose ‘tale’ brought tears of emotion to my eyes.
The accommodation quality in the lodge was excellent. The food quality was pretty good although we didn’t really like the ‘community’ eating at dinner. Why the soup course was put on the tables before guests were sat down was a mystery to us and only ensured it was luke warm at best by the time you reached it. The service however was warm, friendly and completely charming. Overall, we passionately loved our stay and couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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kerryn853 wrote a review Mar 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Umzinyathi House as a family with a 4month old baby. From the gate guard to the staff at the main Fugitives Drift lodge to Margaret at Umzinyathi House we were greeted so warmly we felt like we were apart of the "team" and we were immediately awestruck by the surroundings and felt a million miles away.

The décor, an elegant mix of upscale class yet homey comforts, each detail considered it seemed. the museum setup already taking you back to yester-year and into the mindset of what to expect for the next days battle tours of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift...

Nothing was too much for them, the baby was offered a cot if needed and taken from us into adoring hands during our stunning lunch at the lodge!

We had sundowners overlooking the Sphinx shaped Isanadlwana off in the distance and chatted around a fire of the battles build up....

I think we slept so soundly in this quiet place I cannot say a dream was had.... Except for the parents of the baby that is!

What a place to have had the Priviledge to visit in my life.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Nicky Rattray, Owner at Fugitives Drift Lodge
Responded 17 Jun 2021
Thank you for staying with us and so glad you loved Umzinyathi House, it is a special place
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Sue wrote a review Aug 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a memorable experience! This place has been on our bucket list forever and it was such a treat to finally experience it. Our tours with Mphiwa and Bryan were exceptional, painting such a poignant picture of the events from nearly 150 years ago. We stayed at the Lodge and found the rooms to be very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and chatting to our fellow guests at the communal dining table. We walked extensively around the property and just loved the various trails and the many animals we came across along the way.
Tip: If driving from Johannesburg, it's better to stay on the N3 until Layismith rather than taking the route via Standerton (as the website suggests) where there are currently a lot of roadworks and potholes.
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Nicky Rattray, Owner at Fugitives Drift Lodge
Responded 14 Nov 2023
We are so pleased your enjoyed your stay with us, thank you for your kind words
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daviddD2632SM wrote a review Dec 2023
Mold, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What can we say other than that it was a real pleasure to stay here? From the moment we arrived with another couple, we felt as if we staying in someone's own home (which I guess it is really!). The welcome, the staff, the accommodation and the food were all fantastic.
We would recommend a minimum three-night stay so that you can do all three tours, and enjoy the facilities, at a leisurely pace. We arrived early afternoon on the first day and only had two nights which meant we had to to the Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift tours on the same day (a lot to absorb!). We did the Melvill and Coghill walk/tour on the first afternoon. Both the guides (Bryan (Isandlwana) and Doug (Rorke's Drift)) were fantastic and thought-provoking.
The informal gatherings before dinner were great as well as having members of staff sharing the diner table with us. I can't praise this place enough. One more thing: multiple giraffes as soon as we arrived!
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Can't comment on the value for money as it was booked by our travel agent.
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Response from Nicky Rattray, Owner at Fugitives Drift Lodge
Responded 04 Jan 2024
Thank you for your lovely words. You are right, it is our home, and we love sharing it with our guests
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sharon186225 asked a question Jan 2019
Cambridge, United Kingdom98 contributions44 helpful votes
Do the guest house rooms have hair dryers in ?
Answer from David F
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom10 contributions2 helpful votes
Yes they will certainly have them.
merrilleonwing asked a question Jan 2018
Nantucket, Massachusetts
availability at fugitives drift june 14-15 out 16
Answer from John G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom46 contributions53 helpful votes
Either try the Lodge direct or contact Audley Travel with whom we went there. Highly recommend it.
Answer from NJR285
Rorke's Drift, South Africa1 contribution
Thank you for your enquiry, yes we do use vehicles and we can do the tour from a site that requires very little walking
Answer from NJR285
Rorke's Drift, South Africa1 contribution
I am sorry not to have replied sooner, fir directorship this message has only appeared now! The rooms are closer to the communal areas at the Guest House, so you will be absolutely fine there Kind regards Nicky
Answer from NJR285
Rorke's Drift, South Africa1 contribution
Casual, light clothes plus can't nifty shoe shoes. Swimsuit and a jacket as the weather is pretty changeable at this time of the year, and it can be chilly in the mornings and evenings. Oh and don't forget a hat!
Darryl C wrote a tip Jun 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ensure you know the route to the property"
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Kevin C wrote a tip May 2024
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Relax and just let it happen"
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Ianiebean wrote a tip Apr 2024
57 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The last hour drive is hard going if not used to it so be prepared. "
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susan_byrne54 wrote a tip Mar 2024
London, United Kingdom48 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Drive there in a 4x4"
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neilf811 wrote a tip Mar 2024
Preston, United Kingdom26 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Mealtimes are a great opportunity to meet like-minded travellers and share quality time with the Rattray family and their fantastic team. "
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PRICE RANGE
R 3,543 - R 8,236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fugitives Drift Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Fugitives Drift Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Fugitive's Drift (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Fugitives Drift Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Fugitives Drift Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Fugitives Drift Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Fugitives Drift Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Fugitives Drift Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.
Does Fugitives Drift Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.