FUGITIVES' DRIFT - Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Experience 5-star accommodation, internationally acclaimed battlefield tours, and world-class hospitality. 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.


Fugitives’ Drift is set in a 5000-acre game reserve with 22km of river frontage. The Lodge and Guest House face roughly north-east and have commanding views of the peak of Isandlwana and of the rough country the fugitives from the battle had to traverse in order to get back across the Buffalo River into Natal.

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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Fugitives’ Drift Lodge is renowned for its daily battlefield tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. These thought-provoking, and often emotionally charged tours leave guests with a profound appreciation of modern-day South Africa. Long family associations with the area and its people allow Fugitives’ Drift to offer unique Zulu perspectives on these remarkable battles. The whole family can participate as tours are also offered to children under 12 and can be tailored to their particular ages.

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Children will have the opportunity to see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, nyala, and other non-threatening game. They will also discover the traditional medicinal uses of the flora and fauna in this region as well.

(R 450 per day per child)

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Fugitives’ Drift has an extensive network of trails, suitable for mountain bikes, e-bikes and trail runners. Enjoy seeing wildlife, taking in the stunning views, and breathing in the clean air of the South African veld. Some routes also take you through old Zulu cattle Kraals, where you can soak up the history of the area at the same time.

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Explore the 2500-hectare Fugitives’ Drift Private Nature Reserve - home to an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna species, including zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, and several different kinds of antelope, and over 300 species of bird. It is best to book guided walks in advance to ensure the availability of a guide. If you would prefer to walk without a guide, it is perfectly safe to do so – get a map and a bottle of water from reception and explore free of charge.

(R240 per person)

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