South African Hotels

Fugitives Drift Lodge

Address
Rorkes Drift 3016
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Rating
Hotel Type
Family, Leisure
R2330.00SINGLE RATE
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The Fugitives Drift Lodge is in Rorke's Drift, which is famous for South Africa's Zulu War of 1878. This Hotel provides views of both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift and offers daily tours throughout both areas. Furthermore, leisurely walks as well as horse rides through the game reserve where abundant game and bird life, can also be enjoyed. The 20km frontage on the Buffalo River offers excellent fishing opportunities.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in the Lodge as well as the Guest House where spacious and well-appointed en - suite cottages featuring private verandas and magnificent views await the traveler. Both accommodation options provide outdoor swimming pools to guests who are set in the beautiful gardens of the estate teaming with bird life.

The Lodge:

Located where the original Rattray homestead, the Lodge features eight suites with private verandas. The lodges lush garden, which is home to many colorful birds, invites for leisurely strolls and a relaxing time outside. The outdoor swimming pool is from where beautiful vistas can be seen. This Hotel offers visitors a relaxing place from where not only the scenic landscape can be admired by also where South Africa's rich history of the battlefields comes back to life through the exciting battlefield tours.

The Guest House

The Guest House offers an outside dining area which offers magnificent views across the plain with Isandlwana in the far distance. They have large, en-suite bedrooms which are individually decorated featuring private verandas with beautiful vistas of the surrounding battlefields. Guests enjoy the outdoor swimming pool is in the estate's garden.

Facilities:

  • Dining venue
  • Harford library
  • Garden
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sun loungers
  • Viewing deck
  • Library
  • Parking.

Activities and Tours

  • Swimming
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking & hiking
  • Fishing
  • Isandlwana Tour - battlefields
  • Rorke's Drift Tour - battlefields
  • Fugitives' Drift Tour - battlefields
  • Mangeni Falls Tour
  • Masondo Tour
  • Blood River and the site where Prince Imperial was killed Tour.

Battlefields Kids Tours

This Lodge is famous for providing exciting battlefield tours which bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana back to life. This experience provided travellers with a deep insight into some of the most moving battlefields of the country.  There are also dedicated tours for children under 12 years of age. While the retreat's world-renowned tours are provided to adults, shorter and more interactive tours which are led by a guide engage and inspire children with stories of the bravery and courage of the British soldiers and Zulu warriors.

The kids battlefield tours are taken by a game walk and a more cultural encounter:

  • See giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, Nyala and other not – threatening game in the 5000-acre private reserve
  • Hold a Martini-Henry rifle, as used by the British at Rorke’s Drift and a variety of contemporary Zulu assegais
  • Discover the traditional medicinal uses of the flora and fauna of the region (how do the Zulus brush their teeth?)
  • A visit to the nearby Zulu cultural village for a tangible experience of the Zulu’s way of life could be an optional extra.

Followed by an early, specially prepared dinner, hot chocolate, and a babysitter on call, the experience can be enjoyed by parents and children alike.

The Game Reserve

This region of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa is home to some of the most remarkable geography. The 5,000 acre Game Reserve is a Registered Natural Heritage Site teeming with a great abundance of wildlife. It is home to over 250 species of bird species including the Purple-crested Lourie as well as the Yellow Weaver. The estate's six horses are used to be around giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest. Guests have the unique opportunity to enjoy a horseback ride through this magnificent game reserve from where breathtaking views of this property and its flora and fauna. Furthermore, mountain bike trails can be found here as well, and bikes are available for hire. A leisurely walk to the Drift set on the Buffalo River affords a welcoming opportunity not only to swim in rapids and pools but also to fish. The 22km river frontage offers great fishing. Game walks, horseback riding, mountain biking as well as hiking.

Game Viewing:

  • Giraffe and zebra
  • Kudu and Nyala
  • Impala and Blesbok
  • Wildebeest and Waterbuck
  • Hartebeest
  • Duiker
  • Mountain reedbuck
  • Bushbuck
  • Jackal
  • Karakul
  • Porcupines and monkeys.

Access through the Gate

Please note that the gate to Fugitives Drift Lodge and Guest House closes in the evenings at 6h00pm/18h00.  Guests are to arrive before this time to check in.  It is recommended to provide the lodge with the travellers mobile & cell phone number and the estimated arrival time.

Below detailed information about the Fugitives Drift Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Lounge
  • Single beds
  • Terrace

Restaurants

Dining at Fugitives Drift Lodge

Guests are invited to enjoy delicious cuisine at this country retreat in KwaZulu-Natal where a fusion of home and modern flavours await.  Meals are served in the welcoming atmosphere of a museum of Zulu War memorabilia.

Swimming

The Hotel has a lovely outdoor swimming pool set in the heart of the magnificent gardens from where scenic views of the surroundings can be enjoyed. Sun loungers are invited for relaxation in the tranquility of nature.

Horseback riding

The six horses are settled on the Lodge, take guests through the game reserve which is home to giraffes, zebras and wildebeest to name but a few. Horseback rides lead riders through this magnificent game reserve from where breathtaking views of this property and its flora and fauna can be admired.

Mountain biking

Exciting mountain bike trails are located in the Game Reserve with bikes being available for hire.

Walking / hiking

Wonderful walks and hikes may be enjoyed in this scenically beautiful region of South Africa.

Fishing

A walk to Fugitives’ Drift set on the Buffalo River provides an opportunity not only to swim in rapids and pools but also to fish.  The 22 km river frontage offers great fishing.

Isandlwana Tour - battlefields
  • Breakfast is served at 06:50
  • Tour departs from the Lodge/Guest House at 7:30
  • Returns for lunch at approximately 13:00.
  • Tour includes transport, entrance fees and refreshments.
Rorke's Drift Tour - battlefields
  • Tour departs from the Lodge/Guest house at 15:15pm in summer and at 15:00pm in winter
  • Returns in time to have evening drinks around the fire before dinner
  • Dinner is served at around 20:00
  • Tour includes transport, entrance fees and refreshments.
Fugitives' Drift Tour - battlefields

A walk to see the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives in an attempt to save the Queen’s Colour, and where the first two posthumous Victoria Crosses were won.  There is no charge for this tour.

Tours
  • Mangeni Falls Tour
  • Masondo Tour
  • Blood River and the site where Prince Imperial was killed

Corporate Meetings

The Harford Library at the Fugitives Drift Lodge is a suitable venue for corporate groups who wish to meet and discuss business.  This welcoming library can seat up to 34 guests and offers a dedicated kitchen, wireless internet access as well as an integrated audio/visual system making any formal event a success.  The Harford Library can host formal lunches and parties, corporate meetings and entertainment.

  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Garden Terrace
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Walking safaris
Malaria and Animals
  • The Fugitives’ Drift Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is malaria free featuring a beautiful geography.  The 5,000 acre Fugitives’ Drift Game Reserve is a registered Natural Heritage Site which is home to a great abundance of wildlife.  It is home to over 250 species of bird species including the Purple-crested Lourie as well as the Yellow Weaver.

    Game which can be encountred here include giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, impala, blesbok, wildebeest,waterbuck, hartebeest, duiker, mountain reed buck, bushbuck, jackal, karakul, porcupines and monkeys.

Children Activities
  • Battlefields Kids Tours

    Fugitives’ Drift in South Africa is famous for its interesting battlefield tours which bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana back to life. This battlefield tour experience provides travellers with a deep insight into some of the most moving battlefields of the country.  The Fugitives’ Drift Lodge also provides dedicated tours for children under 12 years of age.

    While the retreat's world-renowned tours are provided to adults, shorter and more interactive tours which are led by a guide engage and inspire children with stories of the bravery and courage of the British soldiers and Zulu warriors.

    These tours are followed by a game walk and a more cultural encounter
    :

    • see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, Nyala and other non – threatening game in the 5000-acre private reserve
    • hold a Martini-Henry rifle, as used by the British at Rorke’s Drift and a variety of contemporary Zulu assegais
    • discover the traditional medicinal uses of the flora and fauna of the region.
    • a visit to the nearby Zulu cultural village.

Available Rooms

Standard Rooms - Lodge

# Rooms:
8

These cottages feature a private veranda from where guests can experience beautiful views over the plains and surrounding scenery.

Room features:

  • Private veranda
  • Twin beds
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Lounge area with table and chairs.
Single Room R3280
Double Room R6560

Standard Rooms - Guest House

Room features

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Private verandas
  • Twin beds
Single Room R2330
Double Room R4660

Fugitives Drift Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Stay for 3 nights at the Fugitives Drift Lodge and Guest House for travel May - June 2017, and receive your last night for free, only pay for two nights.

Included in the rate:

  • All meals

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Pay for 2 nights and stay for 3 nights.
  • Valid 01 May - 30 June 2017
  • Based on a minimum of a 3 night stay.
  • One night complimentary accommodation.
  • This may not be combined with any other special being offered.
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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -28.390465

Longitude: 30.608958

Directions

Directions from Johannesburg to Fugitives Drift Lodge and Guest House (5 hours):

Take the N3 highway south towards Durban for about 1 hour.
Cross the Vaal River and just before the Wilge Toll Plaza, turn off the N3 onto the R103 and head towards WARDEN.
After about 60km, turn left onto the R34 towards VREDE.
After about 15km, just before the town of Vrede, turn right on the R34 towards MEMEL and NEWCASTLE. (Be very careful of potholes for 16km between Memel and the top of Bothas pass on the R34).
Go through Newcastle and turn right onto the LADYSMITH road (N11).
After 16km take the R621 to Dannhauser, Hattingspruit and Dundee.
In Dundee, at the 5th traffic light (in the main street) turn right on the R33 towards Greytown.
The signboard is on the left of the road. Then after 14km turn left onto dirt to RORKES DRIFT, drive for 29km to Rorkes Drift. Go beyond Rorkes Drift for 3km and turn left onto the D31 signed Fugitives Drift.
Go along this road for 7km through the big black gate until you see signs for the Lodge and Guest House, on the right. (Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm).


Directions from Durban to Fugitives Drift Lodge and Guest House (4 hours):

Take the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg and take the Greytown/Church Street glide-off and follow the R33 to Greytown for 70km.
In Greytown follow signs to Dundee.
Continue along the R33 through Keates Drift, Tugela Ferry and Pomeroy.
Please be aware of speed humps and potholes.
10km after Pomeroy take the dirt road turnoff to the right, marked Elandskraal (and Isibindi and Camp Buffalo signage).
At Elandskraal (which consists of a church and a trading store) turn left to Rorkes Drift.
Go for about 14km and before you get to Rorkes Drift turn right onto the D31, sign posted Fugitives Drift. Go for about 7km (through the big black gates) and follow the signs for the Guest House or the Lodge. (Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm).

Alternative route from Durban is via Mooi River, Colenso, Ladysmith and Dundee. In Dundee take the R33 towards Greytown and follow the directions as from Johannesburg above.

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Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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