The 2000 hectare Fugitives’ Drift Game Reserve, which overlooks the battlefield of Isandlwana, is home to giraffe, plains game and numerous birds, and is home to the Rattray family who are pioneers of Heritage Tourism in South Africa, offering visitors an opportunity to experience the extraordinary saga of the Anglo Zulu War.
Fugitives Drift Lodge houses a veritable museum of memorabilia, artefacts and relics. The 15-mile river frontage includes the graves of Lieutenants Melvill VC and Coghill VC who lost their lives saving the Queen’s Colour. Battlefield tours are conducted daily to Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. Retaining its colonial heritage style, the eight luxury free-standing cottages and the two bedroom annex cottage are spacious and light with wooden finishes. All cottages have en-suite bathrooms, separate bath and shower, king or twin beds and a private verandah affording views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge. The cottages and main lodge are set in a beautiful, shady, well established garden. The dining room and lounge house a remarkable collection of memorabilia from the Zulu War. In a stunning setting overlooking Isandlwana and the Buffalo River, the spacious Harford Library provides a contemporary venue for lunch, parties or simply to relax.. Besides its historical collection, lunch is served here daily. There is a social verandah surrounding the open camp fire, and a spectacular large swimming pool.
Fugitives Drift Guest House, has sweeping views over the reserve, Isandlwana and surrounding battlefields. With only six rooms that make up the guest house personal service is a highlight. Set in clusters as free-standing cottages the rooms all have private verandahs with panoramic views. Each cottage is individually decorated with soft furnishings and includes an en-suite bathroom. The main house features the original verandahs painstakingly preserved, and includes an outside eating area and cosy inside lounge surrounded by memorabilia. There is an outdoor fire place and a swimming pool with extensive views.
Being a site of historical importance tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift (additional charge). Tours are also arranged to Mangeni Falls, Masondo and Blood River; fishing, horse riding, mountain biking and the Fugitives Trail Hike are other activities available (all additional cost).