The Lodge, near Rorke’s Drift, is situated on the site of the original Rattray homestead where David’s parents came for 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 dinning room area. 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 is now the most charming sitting and dining room. The original verandas have been retained and the outside eating area has a stunning view across a plain with Isandlwana in the distance.

Hotel Features
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Features
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Turndown Service
  • The Lodge
    At Fugitives’ Drift Lodge there are eight spacious luxury twin en-suite rooms. Our annex cottage consists of three twin rooms, two bathrooms and a sitting room. The Lodge, near Rorke’s Drift, is situated on the site of the original Rattray 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 Guest House
    At Fugitives’ Drift Guest House there are six 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. We also have a guide’s / driver’s room. The Guest House has a large swimming pool with views across the plain.

    Child policy:
    Children of all ages are welcome but restrictions on various activities apply.


    Fugitives Drift Lodge is situated in Kwazulu Natal . It is regarded as the place to stay when visiting the battlefields of Isandlawana and Rorkes Drift.