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“A Lodge Steeped in History” 5 of 5 stars
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Fugitive's Drift
Rorke's Drift 3016, South Africa   |  
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Cape Town
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“A Lodge Steeped in History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

What makes Fugitive's Drift Lodge so special is the dedication of its staff to the well-being of its guests. Nothing is too much trouble and I must compliment Nicky Rattray on the way she and her staff gently oversee the smooth functioning of the Lodge. The rooms in the Main Lodge are spacious and furnished immaculately with every conceivable item on hand i.e. from insect spray/mosquito repellant, umbrellas, electric blankets, oil lamps to toiletries in every conceivable form.

The meals were extremely well prepared and balanced and the wine list extensive. Numerous delicious salads were offered for lunch together with cold meats and hot dishes. Dinners consisted of gourmet fixed menus which were truly excellent.

The Lodge itself is steeped in history and the walls adorned with photographs, pictures, copies of documentation, maps etc. depicting the history of the Zulu war era and the work that the late David Rattray did for the community and where a trust has now been established to continue his work and educate and assist the locals in the area.

The Tourist Guides are excellent and they imparted their knowledge of the events that happened during the period with accuracy and expertise. We soaked in the moving moments that led to the dramatic defeat of the British at Isandlwana and appreciated the bravery of the soldiers who defended Rorke's Drift and we left the Battlefields emotional with many tearful eyes and sore hearts.

Guests should allow themselves at least three nights at the Lodge as the tours are lengthy (half days) and Isandlwana is scheduled for mornings and Rorke's Drift for afternoons and doing both in a day would leave you exhausted.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Banbury
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stayed at Fugitives Drift for three nights in August and would certainly recommend this length of stay. When we were not on one of the tours we took advantage of the well marked out walks and our twenty minute walk up to the "big ledge" was rewarded with breathtaking views. My wife and I were accompanied on this walk by Spud the lodges black Labrador who loves to go on walks with guests.
The room was five star with magnificent views and eating with the other guests is a great way to meet people from many different backgrounds.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

This was one of the best things that we have ever done. We stayed for one night and were upgraded. I would suggest staying for two or even three nights. We did the Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana tours which were brought to life by the super knowledgeable Alastair Lamont. The lodge is located in a stunning setting and the service, decor and quality are second to none. I am somewhat of a military history buff, but my wife enjoyed the tours as much as I did. We were reduced to tears on a numbers of occasions and felt truly moved by the whole experience. A once if a lifetime experience that can be described as "outstanding".

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tamworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Had two nights here, the first stop on our African holiday.
We were welcomed with drinks and cake and told that we had an hour before our first walk to Fugitives Drift where many of the British soldiers tried to cross the river back to Natal after the battle of iSandlwana. We visited the grave of Melville and Coghill who tried to save the Queens colours. Whilst walking we saw Zebra, Giraffe and Impala, quite amazing!
The food was great. We sat all together on one long table which encouraged chat with other guests.
Our room was clean and the view breath-taking. Beautiful bathroom with bathrobes hanging in the wardrobe. We found a plug socket with U.K. fitting.
There is a swimming pool but as it was the last week of winter there was a little chill so we gave it a miss. Had one lunch on the library veranda, the views again were stunning.
Alistair gave us a tour of iSandlwana battle site, very moving and informative, and later went to Rorke's Drift, somewhere I had wanted to see for many years.
I must also mention Grace who was so sweet and looked after us constantly. You don't need an alarm call, just ask Grace and she will bring early morning coffee and biscuits to your room.
At the end of the evening we retired to our room to find our beds warmed with an electric blanket.
How nice is that?
This was the first stop of five locations and Fugitives Drift lodge was the only who were prepared to meet my partners gluten free needs. well done guys.
Maybe two or three nights is sufficient but if your going to that area you've got to stay. Fabulous.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed at Fugitive's Drift Lodge for 2 days and nights in July, and very much enjoyed our visit. Tours of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift were fascinating and authoritative; Mphiwa Ntanzi, our guide at Isandlwana, even talked of how his grandfather and great-grandfather took part. I also enjoyed the guided walk to the Melvill and Coghill grave in the grounds of Fugitive's Drift Lodge, both for the history and the scenery.

We also took a couple of walks on our own through the reserve and found it amazing that we could just walk around amongst giraffe, zebra, diverse antelope, etc. However mundane locally, these will always be exotic animals to us! I also recommend an early morning walk up to "the ledge" for the view across the Buffalo River. On our self-guided walks we were accompanied by Spud, a black labrador, and various other lodge dogs, which all added to the fun.

Accommodation was comfortable (though we had no view from our cottage), the food was good, and the service was professional. Many who looked after us were students on gap years - "gappies" - and they were all enthusiastic and helpful, but, inevitably, less knowledgeable about the area than those who had lived there for longer.

On the morning of our departure, we were given a bag of cookies and some bottled water to take with us in our car. A great idea, and very welcome!

Because I came here directly from Three Trees at Spioenkop, I can't avoid comparing the experiences. Both are great and I recommend them highly, but Three Trees is smaller and that bit more personal, which suited us very well, and we preferred it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is a great little guesthouse hidden away in the mountains, upon arrival you drive up the long drive and have the opportunity to spot giraffes and kudu!
The staff are all very welcoming and friendly and sit and eat with the guests for lunch and dinner. 
The guest houses are spacious and clean, the food is really tasty, each meal is eaten on a long table with all the other current guests and staff members so be prepared to be social, this can be annoying when your want your own space but it's all part of the fun as you make new friends and can share stories from the day.

The trips that the guesthouse provides are an extra cost, which is very expensive but they are fantastic, the guys who run the tours are brilliant storytellers and bring the story to life! Also there are some brilliant mountain bike tracks to try out at an additional cost.

There is no need to stay here any longer than two nights as you will run out of things to do. 

This is a great place to stay during your exploration of South Africa to learn some interesting history! BUT if you have children this is not the place to go.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Spent a few days at Fugitive's Drift last month.
We stayed at the guesthouse which isn't very luxurious but nice enough.
The room was comfortable and the food was above average.
But the tours!!!
They were put together so so well. The guides were amongst the best I have had in the world.
They painted a compelling narrative of the events at Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana and made it come alive for each of us.
It was haunting, moving and so interesting.
Whether you're into history or not, these tours are worth every penny.
They changed my perspective of the history of KZN, the British soldiers and the Zulu warriors.
My only regret is that I didn't go sooner!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rorke's Drift 3016, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Rorke's Drift
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Rorke's Drift
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fugitives' Drift Lodge, established by David and Nicky Rattray 19 years ago, has become world famous for the passionate stories, delivered by our resident lecturers, given on the battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu War. Our flagship tours, conducted daily, are to the battlefields of Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana. The Lodge and Guest House both feature luxury accommodation with pools, horse riding and fantastic game walks through this remarkable terrain. ... more   less 
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