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David and Nicky Rattray were the great pioneers of Heritage Tourism in South Africa, creating award-winning facilities for visitors to savour the extraordinary saga of the Zulu empire. Fugitives’ Drift Lodge in particular is the perfect place to stay for battlefield tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
Tragically David Rattray passed away in 2007 but his foundation continues as his son Andrew has stepped into his shoes and now leads the battlefield tours himself. The 500 acre Fugitives' Drift Game Reserve, which is set on the lip of the Buffalo River Gorge overlooking the battlefield of Isandlwana and home to giraffe, zebra and numerous species of antelope and birds, continues on under Andrew's new leadership.
The family run lodge is a museum of artefacts, relics and memorabilia and has eight spacious, en-suite cottages, each with a private veranda affording views over the plains flanking the gorge.
The new Hartford Library offers a fantastic venue for everything from lunches to celebrating special occasions. Activities other than historical tours include walks, cycling, horse-riding and fly-fishing.
Fugitives Drift is wonderful family run lodge, and perfect for a two or three night stay, and even better when combined with a stay at Three Tree Hill Lodge or another of the fabulous boutique lodges and safari areas in the region. Three Tree Hill is an easy 3 ½ hour drive.
The team at Fugitives' Drift is world-renowned for their moving and compelling tours to the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift; (now lead by Andrew himself) one an ignominious defeat, the other a defence that saw 11 Victoria Crosses awarded in a single action.
Tom, Original Traveller