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Aussie road trip
We stayed at Fugitives Drift for 2 nights and we had the most fabulous time! My husband had wanted to visit Rorke’s Drift after seeing Zulu and being a history buff😁 If I am honest I was a little reluctant as I would be interested enough for the long battle tours! How wrong I was. We ended up doing both the tours & it was a highlight of our South Africa trip! So far!! I can not thank the staff enough especially Grace for the early morning tea and coffee and her beautiful songs and wit The food was fantastic and you couldn’t ask for anything more even the toady of biscuits to go and we are Australian lamingtons for afternoon tea. Again thank you for a great visit we Hope to visit again 🤞
We stayed at Fugitives Drift for 2 nights with our children aged 9 & 11 years and we had the most fabulous time! My husband had wanted to visit Rorke’s Drift on a previous visit to South Africa when the children were smaller but we never made it so this was a must for him this time! If I am honest I was a little reluctant as I was not sure the children would be interested enough for the long battle tours! How wrong I was. They ended up doing both the tours & it was a highlight of our South Africa trip! The weather was not in our favour but even with rain for most of our stay, it was a fantastic experience that we all thoroughly enjoyed. Everything was wonderful from the tour guides, accommodation, food and staff. We really felt like we found somewhere very special with this place. It was absolute 5* but at the same time we felt we were staying with friends. Doug was so much fun & his lovely dogs kept the children entertained when we were not out walking or on tours. They are still talking about Theo & Titus! We really appreciated the escort out as the weather was very bad and we did not have a 4x4. The family really do go above & beyond here! We will definitely be back. Thank you
Perfection at every level
This place is glorious. Wonderful staff. Fantastic accommodation. Great food. Stunning location. Fascinating, informative and moving tours of Isandlwana and Rork's Drift by guides who brought the Zulu wars and the events that occurred in the area to life. I'm running out of superlatives but Fugitive's Drift is a must. Like many others, for us this was for us a delayed holiday; thank goodness we persevered.
Magical and Moving
We spent three wonderful nights at Fugitives' Drift at the end of our three week trip (delayed for 2 years!) to South Africa. After driving around WP (and the roads are superb everywhere in RSA, we found), the verdant scenery en-route from Durban airport was a total surprise - it's almost reminiscent of Tuscany. The final stretch is along a well-made gravel road, passing by the iconic hill of Isandlwana and - and now the sense of being somewhere very special really starts - crossing the Buffalo River. The lodge is just perfect, simple yet elegant, and the greeting from Nicky and her family is genuine and warm. Our room was all you could ask - great views from the terrace and a splendid outdoor shower (as well as another inside and a lovely, deep bath!). Having had a 3am start in Cape Town, we were happy just to chill out, cool off in the pool and enjoy the spectacular views from the library. And so to dinner... The food, especially after a week of gorging on chefs’ tables in Franschhoek and CT, is simple but satisfying and the pre-drinks around the boma was a good way to get to know the other visitors and the staff (who are all brilliant). A special word, of course, for Grace - her infectious happiness and her singing add hugely to the atmosphere around every meal time. Next morning we were off early to Isandlwana with our guide and story-teller Bryan. And what a story-teller! He brings knowledge and passion and makes the still, quiet field of Isandlwana come alive with the chaos, horrors and heroism of that day in January 1879. In the afternoon came rain - heavy rain - a good excuse for a rest... On our final day, we headed off for a morning walk, up the hill behind the lodge (following a perfectly marked trail) to the ledge above the Buffalo gorge. We were shrouded in mist, with the occasional sighting of Kudu and the sounds of Zebra hooves. On the rocks we waited for several minutes in the early cool as the gentle breeze slowly cleared the smoke and the river came silently into view. Stunning. Then down the hill and along the track to the grave of Melvill and Coghill, which sit on a slight incline within the nature reserve, overlooking the river that they crossed, trying to save the Colours of the regiment. Back for a (very welcome!) shower and then lunch (and I should add that the generous lunches and breakfasts are just excellent). In the afternoon we went to the battlefield of Rorke's Drift, led by Douglas. What to say? His knowledge is superb, but lightly-worn and accompanied with dry humour. Take a few tissues. I defy anyone not to shed tears as he relates the story of the famous battle. Tears not just for the stories - often so sad - of the fates of the British VC winners (how we forget our soldiers when the fighting is done... then and now), but for the many many more young Zulus who gave their lives fighting for their country... because, of course, it was theirs... And yet, today, what wonderful, hospitable people these Zulus are. And so, a final dinner, an early start, and a four-hour drive, back over that swollen Buffalo river, back to Durban and Joburg and home. But a three nights and two days never to be forgotten. Absolutely wonderful.
Come to Fugitives Drift!
Stunning, come and see for yourselves! I am sat on our deck in the early morning, looking over the hills and wishing we didn’t have the leave. Fugitives Drift Lodge is a totally different experience, it is magical. If you want to learn something about the history of this country and the amazing Zulu people then you need to come here. We went on two of the trips out, to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift and heard in powerful and moving terms about these great battles and the huge impact they had. We are in most beautiful lodge, large, spotlessly clean, very well equipped, cool and extremely comfortable. The food is great and the staff are, without exception, totally delightful and cannot do enough for you. Meals are taken outdoors but undercover. Evening starts with drinks around the fire pit and snacks, followed by a delicious meal, plenty of choice for drinks. We have watched some incredible thunder and lightening storms. Lovely swimming pool. The library has a viewing point and the most incredible view of the Buffalo river. If you are planning your trip to South Africa and not sure where to go then do consider Fugitives Drift, it is totally amazing and if you are really fortunate, the delightful Gracie will sing to you before you retire to bed! Thank you everyone at Fugitives Drift, missing you already and we haven’t left yet! We will be back.
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