Fugitives Drift Lodge

Location: Near Dundee in rural KwaZulu Natal, overlooking the famous Buffalo River at the site of Lieutenants’ Coghill & Melvill’s valiant attempts to escape the Zulu hordes, Fugitives’ Drift Lodge is situated on a 2,500 hectares reserve just a few kilometres from the battle sites of both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.

Rooms: Retaining its colonial heritage style and set in the colourful, well established gardens, the 8 luxury free-standing cottages and the 2 bedroom annexe cottage are spacious and light with wooden finishes. All cottages have en suite bathrooms with separate bath & shower, as well as a private verandah affording views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge.

Facilities: The dining room and lounge house a remarkable collection of memorabilia from the Zulu War. The Harford Library boasts magnificent views over the Buffalo River Gorge and houses a historical collection of books and memorabilia. Lunch is served here daily.

There is a social verandah surrounding an open campfire and a large swimming pool in the gardens.

Activities: Battlefield tours & guided walks. The reserve itself is home to diverse and abundant wildlife including giraffe, zebra, kudu, hartebeest and a host of other smaller antelope, whilst more than 275 bird species have been recorded in the area. The Buffalo River Gorge is a Natural Heritage site where you can enjoy some spectacular walks. Horse riding and mountain biking are also possible from the lodge.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Children under 12 are not allowed to go on tours.

Our Opinion: The legendary place to stay whilst exploring the Zulu War battlefields. Your guide will ensure that you leave with a full understanding of the Zulu Wars, the major battles and the pre-battle history, as well as the many fascinating characters involved in two of Britain’s most famous 19th Century battles.




No Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT + 2 Hours

Flight Time

11.5 Hours Direct


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