Fugitive's Drift

Country Retreat, KwaZulu-Natal


The Rattray family go hand in hand with Battlefields tourism, having been brilliantly guiding visitors around the key sites for centuries.  Fugitive’s Drift is their British colonial-style hotel and private game reserve, and the seminal place to stay in this attractive region.  The mere handful of rooms means a sedate, soothing atmosphere, with giraffe and zebra regularly passing by.  But the real reason to be here are trips to nearby Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, infamous Anglo-Zulu War locations, in the company of Andrew Rattray – and rightly so.


There are two places to stay on the reserve.  Beside the main, farm-style Lodge are eight spacious, luxurious chalets, each seducing with a private veranda, gazing over plains and the Buffalo River Gorge. 

The smaller Guesthouse has six simpler rooms, also with verandas.  There’s a pool in each location – the one at the Lodge attractively ringed by gardens – and a tranquil air encouraging quiet contemplation.


The Lodge houses an impressive museum of Battlefields-related memorabilia, artefacts and relics.  Delicious South African dinners – together the occasional English-style roast – are served at a convivial high table with excellent wines, while the contemporary Harford Library offers a dedicated kitchen, integrated audio/visual system for compelling lunchtime talks and sublime Buffalo River Gorge views.  A balcony provides more photo opportunities.


More magical storyteller than guide, Andrew Rattray conducts world-renowned daily tours of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana, bringing to life pivotal moments in KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa’s history.  Game-viewing – looking for giraffe, zebra and some of the 275 bird species on foot or horse – makes a diverting follow-up, as do fly-fishing and bike trails around the 2,000-acre reserve.

Child Policy

Children are welcome, and babysitting can be provided upon request.  Specialised children's Battlefield tours are followed by game walks.  Children’s mountain bikes are also available.

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