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“Well worth getting off the beaten track”

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Fugitive's Drift Lodge and Guest House
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“Well worth getting off the beaten track”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

I have been interested in the battles of this area since childhood. The interpretive guides employed by the lodge brought all aspects of these battles and the events leading up to them alive and tell them in a way that no book or movie can compete with. If you are interested in this part of history, you must take the time to visit and stay at Fugitives Drift Lodge. Even without the excellent location and guides, the stay is well worth it. Beautifully decorated and equipped chalets, excellent dining, and a friendly relaxed atmosphere from the entire staff and fellow guests. I especially loved the stunning views from the veranda of the Harford Library where lunch is served daily to the friendly relaxed atmosphere of the main dining room where meals went on long after the food had been consumed, but the conversation had not ended. After a nice nights sleep in comfortable beds you are woken with a pot of hot coffee or tea delivered at a time you chose based on your schedule. I think I might go again, just to redo the tours and enjoy the atmosphere. As a solo traveller, I would have been the odd-man out but was welcomed and included by both staff and other guests at all times.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

We had a flying visit staying at Fugitive Drift Lodge - but only for one eveing.
the tours were extremely interesting and told in a very inroemative method on location.
the hosts were very inclusive ensuring that you were included in the socialising
relaxing surrounding.
If you are interested in staying in this area ... this is the place to stay

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Visited for 3 nights recently following two recommendations from friends in the UK. Atmosphere fantastic with amazing views and wildlife in the foreground, in the garden and even on the roof of your room in the morning!! Rooms are lovely with every convenience and real character. Staff were welcoming and early morning tea bought to your room on a tray a real treat. The Rattray family could not have been more welcoming and our principal guide Alistair bought the stories alive: Rorkes Drift is very moving (even more so if you are Welsh like me) but the earlier story of Isandlwana really put it into perspective and on balance is even more dramatic. Food was first class and Grace was the perfect host remembering everybodies names and spoiling us rotten. We booked a transfer by Town & Country Tours in Durban who drove us up there in fine style and allowed us to appreciate the countryside en route but you can easily drive from Durban as the roads are good and route simple.
If you go to one place in South Africa make it Fugitives Drift!!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

We had three wonderful nights at Fugitives Drift Lodge. Very comfortable, well appointed rooms with a verandah and a view into the countryside. Food was excellent - every meal was really delicious. Tours to the battlefields of Isandlawana and Rorkes Drift were very interesting and most enjoyable. Can highly recommend.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

We've just returned from a 3 week S Africa trip and our 2 night stay at Fugitives Drift Lodge was one of the highlights. The accommodation was beautiful and comfortable, the welcome was warm and friendly and the service impeccable. The lovely Grace deserves a special mention

The food was lovely, with varied buffet lunches in the library, afternoon tea and cake, evening drinks around the fire, top class five course dinners in the evening - eaten along with other guests and some staff or famiy members, making dinning a lovely sociable occasion.

The lodge itself is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the view, or swim if the weather allows, or catch up on some reading in the library. There are also some great walks on the reserve. We booked both the Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana tours - we did Rorkes Drift in the afternoon we arrrived and Isandlwana the following morning. Both were EXCELLENT. They were not just the dry history lesson I had feared but were stories told with great colour and emotion, reducing many of the group to tears. I also did a walking tour on our second afternoon to see the graves of Melville and Coghill, situated on the reserve.

I travelled with my Mother and there had been a little concern about the amount if walking involved- don't worry too much if this is an issue for you! The tours involved as much or as little walking as you wanted to do. Around the lodges it was a little walk up to the library on uneven pathways, but we took it slowly and were absolutely fine!

Do make the remote trip if you are in the area, its so worth it. If your budget wont stretch to staying here, then book yourself on Andrew's Rorkes Drift Tour. Thanks so much to Africa Rose, our agent, for recommending it and thank you to the Rattrays and the whole team for such great hospitality.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed here earlier this month for 3 nights at the end of our three and a half week trip to South Africa. We were greeted on arrival with a warm friendly welcome and an easy check in process and taken up to lunch at the Library which has fantastic views and to meet our fellow guests. We had booked to go on the Rorke's Drift tour and Isandlwana battlefields tours and it was also their suggestion for us to go on the walk within their grounds to see the graves of Melville and Coghill to complete the account of what happened at these battles. Everything was well organised and had been carefully thought through to help us enjoy the trips and make the most of our time at the Lodge and its beautiful grounds. We went on both trips to the battlegrounds as well as the grave walk and they were by far the most moving, genuine and thought provoking accounts we have ever had of history ever. The amount of detail you receive is incredible.
Even if you go on both tours in a short stay like ours, there is still time in between to relax and enjoy the grounds and the reserve, with many walks around the reserve to enjoy, and to spot zebra and giraffe as we did! One afternoon we did a walk to a beautiful spot - a plateau over looking the river.
Our Lodge was beautifully appointed and 'home from home' with many thoughtful touches to make our stay easy. The food was fantastic too - from the lovely breakfasts to buffet lunches and then a huge 5 course meal at night (if you could manage to get through it all!)
The team there are fantastic too - helpful, friendly and genuinely interested in guests' enjoyment of the place. Thank you for looking after us so well and making this a special part of our trip. We will be back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Fugitives Drift Lodge for 2 nights at the start of October.
Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer. The accommodation, food , scenery and above all, the staff, were brilliant.
The lodge has a really friendly , family type feel to it and the staff were superb.
Our morning tour of the of Isandlwana battlefield was quite wonderful. I thought that would be hard to beat but Andrews tour of Rorkes Drift in the afternoon was incredible. Wonderfully delivered with incredible historical accuracy , humour where appropriate and passion. At the end of the tour half the guests were in tears. Andrew delivers a fitting tribute to the men who fought and died at this historic battle.
It was a long 5 hour drive from Durban airport but I'd do it again tomorrow to stay at Fugitves Drift.
I could spend a week there. So much to see and do. Even if you aren't in to military history it is well worth a visit.
I look forward to returning in the not so distant future.
Many thanks
Kevin Wallace

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fugitive's Drift Lodge and Guest House
Address: Rorke's Drift 3016, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Rorke's Drift
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service 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 26 years ago, now run by Nicky and her sons Andrew and Douglas, 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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