Durban and KwaZulu-Natal Hotels


Fugitives' Drift Lodge

At a Glance


  • cottages have lovely garden settings
  • you'll be contributing to the local communities through the lodge's David Rattray Foundation
  • fascinating battlefield and military memorabilia on display


  • pricey
  • can be full of groups of old military gentlemen

Fugitives' Drift Lodge Review

Set on a 4,000-acre game farm, this attractive lodge lies just a couple of miles from the site of the famous engagement at Rorke's Drift and overlooks the drift where survivors of the British defeat at Isandlwana fled across the Buffalo River. The family of the late, legendary Anglo-Zulu War expert David Rattray, who owned and ran this lodge before his untimely death in January 2007, continues his lifelong commitment to Zululand, and the David Rattray Foundation has been established to carry on his community projects with the local people. Rooms, in individual cottages that open onto gardens, have fireplaces and wood furniture. You can rent a room in a cottage or the whole cottage, depending on your group size. The focal point of the lodge is the lounge and dining room, decorated with old rifles, British regimental flags, Zulu spears, and antique military prints. Battlefield tours cost R820 per person.

    Hotel Details

  • 8 chalets, 1 cottage
  • Rate includes all meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.

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