Fugitives’ Drift Lodge is set on a hillside above the Buffalo River Gorge. Enjoy superb meals in the splendid atmosphere of a veritable museum of Zulu War memorabilia. Attentive, well-informed staff are on hand to ensure that visitors leave with a thorough understanding of the region, its people and their history. Enjoy sundowners around a fire under a canopy of Paperbarks, with magical Isandlwana looming on the skyline.
Diverse and abundant wildlife includes 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.
Overlooking the Battlefield of Isandlwana, the 2,500 hectare reserve is 8km from Rorke’s Drift on the Buffalo River. 17km of river frontage include the famous site of Fugitives’ Drift, where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives in 1879 trying to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment, winning the first two posthumous Victoria Crosses in history.
Fugitives’ Drift is renowned for its battlefield tours to all the Zulu War and Anglo-Boer War battle sites in the region. Tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are led by registered tour guides who are superb storytellers, making the history of that day come alive.