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Fugitive's Drift Lodge and Guest House
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EAST SUSSEX
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“The most amazing and moving experience ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2011

We spent three days at Fugitive's Drift last month which was the start of a month's holiday in South Africa. It was without doubt the highlight of the visit. The road journey from Johannesburg takes five hours and some of it is on dirt roads but this was not a problem in a Toyota Corrola! We arrived in torrential rain and were welcomed to the Lodge with tea before being shown to our lovely room. The food was excellent and we were well looked after by Grace and others in both the Dining Room and the Hartford Library (which had spectacular views). But the tours (both by Rob Caskie) were amazing. I did not know what to expect but both battles were brought to life in a fascinating and emotional way. We also enjoyed our walk to the graves of Melville and Coghill on our last evening. We were, as other reviewers, sorry to leave and cannot recommend the whole experience highly enough.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2011

Excellent food although no choice but plenty of it. The lodges are individual with verandahs and lovely views and the widest bed I have ever seen. The staff are fantastic and know your name straight away and couldn't be more helpful.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2010

My girlfriend took me to Fugitives Drift for my birthday. After being greeted at Reception we enjoyed a superb buffet lunch on the balcony of the Harford Library, which enabled us to take in the fantastic panoramic views. Then it was off to Rorke's Drift with our guide, Christie. I can only describe what followed as a truly memorable experience. Christie spoke to us for nigh on three hours. Not only was he tremendously knowledgeable but he also conveyed the drama and emotion of events with true passion. The following day, Joseph treated us to a similarly enthralling portrayal of events at Isandlwana. In honesty, it was very difficult to take photographs through tear filled eyes. Intersperse all this with great food and hospitality and you have the ultimate destination. Special thanks to Christie & Annette, Joseph and our lovely waitress Grace and last but by know means least Margaret who was there to greet us and attend to all our needs at KwaGeorge cottage. Thank you all -we hope to see you again one day. Best wishes, Phil and Elane

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Margate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2010

A unique experience in the world of travel, its as if upon entering the lodge and surrounds you have entered a hidden paradise surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature. Christie and his partner are the most wonderful, informative and congenial hosts running the place for Nikki Rattray with whom with were pleased to have spent an evening at Dinner. Christie took us on a trip to Rorke's Drift, laid many of the "fiction" of the film Zulu to rest and had us in tears with the truth of the tale. George Irwin took us to The battle of Islawanda and entralled us with that event - his love of the place shine through. Grace the housekeeper was a sheer joy with a face full of smiles and marvellous humour. We were very sad to leave!

The accomodation was superb, the food good and plentiful though due to serving a large table a little cool at times and just a little too traditional English personally but then that would appeal to many others. However the view from lunch at the new Hartford Library was amazing. I tried the lovely pool but although the temp was 31c the pool being unheated was just a little too cool for more than a 10 min dip.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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woodbridge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2010

We stayed here because we thought it would be interesting to learn about the battlefields. we had no particular interest in the subject but what a place to learn about something historical. The guides Joseph and Christie know their stuff and really entertained us. This place is just next to Rorkes Drift but miles from anywhere. Really good value for money,. We stayed in the Lodge having been upgraded from the guesthouse. The lodge would appear to be more convinient. The whole place is so relaxing and quiet. We stayed 2 nights whci was sufficient to do the two mmain tours but we wished we had one more night so we could have done some walking on the reserve. The food is excellent and served on long tables so all the guests can meet each other. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2010

Fugitives Drift cannot be compared to other lodges because it is a unique experience.

The minute you go through the gates of the reserve you realise that this is going to be different. Nothing however can prepare you for the story telling of the Zulu battles against the British Army and how the story tellers bring those battles to life in a way that cannot adequately be described in a review. Fugitives Drift is a wonderful place with all of the best you can experience in rooms, service and food but to sit around the fire at night and drink in the atmosphere of the place is just very special. This place should be on your bucket list of 100 things to do before you die.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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edinburgh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2010

In 50 years of travelling this was one of the best experiences and " total experience " is the way to view a visit to Fujitives Drift. All the usual things are excellent - accommodation, food, delightful staff atmosphere etc. Nothing however can compete with the battlefield tours. Rob and George bring them totally to life. You feel as if you are taking part. The picture of 10 adults with tears streaming down their cheeks at Rorkes Drift in reaction to one of Rob`s stories is etched on my memory. You have got to go!! Ignore all the doomsters who say that South Africa is too dangerous.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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