Fugitives’ Drift Lodge
In 1879, the British invaded Zululand. Within days, part of the central invading column was annihilated at Isandlwana, in a battle rated as one of the greatest military disasters in British history. Part of the Zulu army went on to attack the British garrison at Rorke’s Drift; these warriors were beaten off in a battle that lasted all night, for which 11 VCs and 5 DCMs were awarded. Fugitives’ Drift Lodge and Guest House overlook both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The 5-star lodge houses luxurious en-suite cottages, each with private verandas and spectacular views.
The Lodge is also home to the Harford Library and Fugitives’ Drift Museum. Half a kilometre up the hill is the old colonial farmhouse and the cottages of the Guest House; a further kilometre still sits the stylish self-catering farmhouse, Umzinyathi. Both the Lodge and Guest House have swimming pools.
The daily and internationally acclaimed tours to the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s leave one with a better understanding of the valour, courage, and discipline of the British soldiers and Zulu warriors, and a more profound appreciation of modern-day South Africa. A stay at the 5-star Fugitives’ Drift Lodge is unforgettable.