ISANDLWANA & RORKE'S DRIFT BATTLEFIELDS OF THE ANGLO ZULU WAR OF 1979
The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Fugitives’ Drift lodge is set within a 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift battlefields. These sites include where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment.
One could hardly dream up a more dramatic landscape and setting for the clash of two great nations. Be amazed by the finest guides in South Africa including world famous Rob Caskie. Join thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
At Fugitives’ Drift Lodge there are 8 spacious luxury twin en-suite rooms and the annex cottage consists of 2 luxury twin en-suite rooms, a sitting room and an outside deck and perfect for a family or two couples travelling together.
A must visit for anyone interested in history or how modern day South Africa came to be.
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The Lodge, near Rorke’s Drift, is situated on the site of the original Rattray Family homestead, where David’s parents enjoyed their holidays, and here the seeds of this unique operation took root in those early years.
The Lodge is the original establishment, built by David and Nicky Rattray in 1989 and houses the majority of the memorabilia in the central lounge and dining room area. Spacious luxury en-suite rooms all have a private verandah. A feature of the Lodge is the beautiful shady, well-established garden – home to innumerable birds – and a spectacular, large swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River Gorge.
The Lodge is home to The Harford Library - with incredible views over the Buffalo River Gorge and the mountain of Isandlwana, the Harford Library offers a fantastic venue for friends who wish to relax and celebrate, or for executive groups to meet and contemplate the important business lessons which can be drawn from these remarkable stories. Lunch is served on the deck every day.
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 immortalised in Gillian Rattray’s award-winning book “The Springing of the Year”. This old farmhouse has been altered and now forms the most charming sitting and dining room. The original verandahs have been retained and the outside eating area has a stunning view across a plain with Isandlwana in the distance. The luxury en-suite rooms all have verandahs and sweeping views of the reserve. There is also a guide’s / driver’s room. The Guest House has a large swimming pool with views across the plain.
The flagship tours are to the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.
On a one night stay we recommend that you arrive between 1 and 2pm in order to join the afternoon tour to Rorke’s Drift. You would then do the Isandlwana tour the following morning and depart after lunch.
On a two night stay you may choose whether to join the tour to Rorke’s Drift on the afternoon of your arrival or to wait until the following afternoon and undertake the tours in the correct historical order.
On a three night stay you may split the tours and go to Isandlwana on the morning after your arrival and Rorke’s Drift on your second afternoon, thereby having the time to relax and enjoy other activities
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Kids Battlefield Tours