The Zulu War of 1879 is famous for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorkes' Drift. This spectacular property, a Natural Heritage Site, overlooks the 'sphinx' of Isandlwana and the oskarberg at Rorke's Drift, and includes the site where Lieutenant Melvill and Lieutenant Coghill lost their lives saving the Queen's Colour of the Twenty Fourth 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. Tours, led by the finest guides in South Africa, are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. Walks and horse rides through the reserve to view abundant game and bird life are offered as well as fishing the 20 km frontage on the Buffalo River.
Fugitives Drift Guest House, Near Rorkes Drift, KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal
Normal Check-in: 15:00
Normal Check-out: 11:00
- Outdoor pool
Directions from King Shaka International Airport:
When exiting the airport follow the N2 south to Durban. Once you reach the N3 (off the N2), follow the N3 to Pietermaritzburg. Take the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg and take the Greytown / Church Street off-ramp and follow the R33 to Greytown for 70 km. In Greytown follow signs to Dundee. Continue along the R33 through Keates Drift, Tugela Ferry and Pomeroy. Please be aware of speed humps and potholes. Approximately 10 km after Pomeroy take the dirt road turnoff to the right, marked Elandskraal (and Isibindi and Camp Buffalo signage). At Elandskraal (which consists of a church and a trading store) turn left to Rorke's Drift. Travel for about 14 km and before you get to Rorke's Drift turn right onto the D31, signposted Fugitives Drift. Travel for about 7 km (through the big black gates) and follow the signs for the Guest House or the Lodge. Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm.
Alternative route from Durban is via Mooi River, Colenso, Ladysmith and Dundee. In Dundee take the R33 towards Greytown and follow the directions as from Johannesburg below.
Directions from Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Area:
From Empangeni take the R34 inland to Melmoth, then the R68 to Babanango (beware of potholes) and Nqutu. Approximately 40 km from Babanango (13 km before Nqutu) take the turnoff to the left, marked Isandlwana. Follow this gravel road past the Isandlwana Battlefield for 9 km, then turn left onto the D30 and follow signs to Rorke's Drift. Turn left at the T-junction to Rorke's Drift. Travel 3 km beyond Rorke's Drift and turn left onto D31, marked Fugitives Drift. Follow this dirt road, go through big black gates and follow the signs for the Guest House and the Lodge. Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm.
Directions from Johannesburg:
Take the N3 highway south towards Durban for about 1.5 hours. Cross the Vaal River and just before the Wilge Toll Plaza, turnoff the N3 onto the R103 and head towards Warden. After about 60 km, turn left onto the R34 towards Vrede. After about 15 km, just before the town of Vrede, turn right on the R34 towards Memel and Newcastle. (Be very careful of potholes for 16 km between Memel and the top of Botha's pass on the R34). Go through Newcastle and turn right onto the Ladysmith road (N11). After 16 km take the R621 to Dannhauser, Hattingspruit and Dundee. In Dundee, at the fourth traffic light (in the main street) turn right on the R33 towards Greytown. The signboard is on the left of the road. Then after 14 km turn left onto dirt to Rorke's Drift, drive for 29 km to Rorke's Drift. Go beyond Rorke's Drift for 3 km and turn left onto the D31 signed Fugitives Drift. Travel along this road for 7 km through the big black gate until you see signs for the Lodge and Guest House, on the right. Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm.
We also offer the following tours:
The waterfall where Lord Chelmsford was at the time of the battle of Isandlwana and the valley where the Zulus were hiding.
This tour requires a minimum of 4 people
The crack in the Buffalo River where the Zulus crossed the river on their way to Rorke's Drift. One could do this tour either on horseback or being driven by Land Rover to this site.
WALKS, FISHING AND HORSE RIDING
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.
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