Fugutives Drift Lodge is situated on a 2,500 hectare private reserve containing diverse and abundant wildlife including giraffe, zebra, kudu, hartebeest and a host of smaller antelope, as well as 275 recorded bird species. The Buffalo Gorge is a Natural Heritage Site where spectacular walks can be enjoyed. Owners David and Nicky Rattray, pioneers of Tourism in South Africa, have created an award-winning lodge for visitors to savor this extraordinary saga. The Anglo Zulu War of 1879 is famous for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. Survivors from Isandlwana crossed the Buffalo River at a place forever after named "The Fugitives' Drift" and this spectacular property, a Natural Heritage Site, overlooks the "sphinx" of Isandlwana and the Oskarberg at Rorke's Drift.
At Fugitives' Drift Lodge there are 8 spacious luxury twin en-suite rooms. The annex cottage consists of 3 twin rooms, 2 bathrooms and a sitting room. They also have a guide's / driver's room.
The Lodge is the original establishment and houses the majority of the memorabilia in the central lounge and dining room area. Spacious luxury en-suite rooms each have a private veranda. A feature of the Lodge is the beautiful shady, well-established garden, home to innumerable birds and the most spectacular large swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River gorge.
At Fugitives' Drift Guest House there are 6 luxury twin en-suite rooms. The Guest House was once the home of Mr and Mrs Potgieter who were immortalized in Gillian Rattray's award winning book "The Springing of the Year". This old farmhouse has been altered and is now the most charming sitting and dining room. The original verandas have been retained and the outside eating area has a stunning view across a plain with Isandlwana in the distance. The rooms all have verandas and sweeping views of the reserve. The Guest House has a small swimming pool.