Fugitives Drift Lodge Rorkes Drift Hotel and Guest House, Dundee

Fugitives' Drift Guest House

Game Lodge at West Kirby Farm, D31, Rorke's Drift, Dundee Rural Area, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

  • Property TypeGuest House/B&B
  • Guests12
  • Units/Rooms6

About Fugitives' Drift Guest House

The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment. If one tried to dream up geography and topography for the clash between two great nations, one could hardly come up with a more fantastic scene than this one.

It was here that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and created an award winning lodge for visitors to savour this extraordinary saga. Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Walks and horserides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife are offered as well as fishing the 20km frontage on the Buffalo River.

The reserve offers a choice of accommodation in the Guest House, both owned by the Rattrays and born out of their extensive experience in hospitality, evident in every corner of Fugitives’ Drift, is their love of South Africa, its people and its unique history.


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.


We serve a full English breakfast, a buffet lunch, tea and cake and a five course dinner.

Tours and Activities

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.

Breakfast is at 06:50 and the tour departs from the Lodge / Guest House at 07:30 sharp, returning for lunch at approximately 13:00.

The tour departs from the Lodge/Guest house at 15:15 in summer and at 14:45 in winter and returns in time to have evening drinks around the fire before dinner. Dinner is served at around 20:00.

A walk to see the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives in an attempt to save the Queen’s Colour, and where the first two posthumous Victoria Crosses were won. There is no charge for this tour.

The waterfall where Lord Chelmsford found himself at the time of the battle of Isandlwana and the Ingwebeni valley where the Zulus were discovered prior to the battle.

The crack in the Buffalo River where the Zulus crossed the river on their way to Rorke’s Drift. Available either on horseback or by Land Rover to this site.

A trip to Blood River, a battle fought between the Boers and Zulus on 16th December 1838. The site where the Prince Imperial was killed by the Zulus, on 1st June 1879.

It is quite safe to walk on the property; Zulu guides are available to accompany those wishing to walk longer distances. The most popular walk is to the great ledge overlooking several hundred square miles of unspoilt Zululand. There is no charge for this walk. Fishing, horse riding and the hike from Isandlwana to the Buffalo River (the Fugitives’ Trail) are also available.

Please Note
The Mosondo, Mangeni and Blood River/Prince Imperial tours have to be pre-booked and usually require a minimum of four people.

Airport transfers apply to the Dundee airstrip only.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: allowed

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Business facilities
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls


  • Air-conditioning
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Bar
  • Breakaway area(s)
  • Catering (in-house)
  • Disabled equipped
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Parking
  • Standard conf. equipment

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
  • Tour assistance


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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -28.390739
Longitude: 30.608714

Closest airport(s)
Dundee Airport - 64km
Durban International - 300km
OR Tambo International - 380km
Pietermaritzburg Airport - 200km

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

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 12h00
Check-out by 10h00

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