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Really loved our stay here. The location, staff and food were all amazing. The guided tours of Isandlwana and Rourkes Drift were brilliant and incredibly informative. I don’t need to rely on Michael Caine and Stanley Baker for my historical knowledge of the Zulu wars anymore!
Excellent 3 night stay
We spent 3 nights at Fugitives Drift lodges during a 3 week trip to South Africa and what a truly enjoyable 3 nights they were. Our lodge was very spacious with an inside and an outside shower. The decking area outside had views over the reserve from which we could watch the animals roaming. The food and staff were outstanding and we particularly liked chatting to the gap year students they had helping out around the place. Both trips to the battlefields were informative and gave you a real feel for the battles. Thank you Fugitives Drift for providing such a memorable part of our holiday.
A brilliant experience and so enlightening too! A first rate experience.
The Guest Lodge was very comfortable and well equipped, the staff were very friendly and gave a great service, the food was fabulous and it was such a peaceful and calm setting with great views. The battlefield tours were so brilliantly done but you will have to rethink everything you may have read or seen in the films! We were lucky to have a passionate and knowledgeable presentation from Doug Rattray at Isandlwana and the enthusiasm of Brian at Rorkes Drift. Both provided an accessible insight and understanding into both battles - dispelling many myths and inaccuracies. At Isandlwana think of a superb Zulu victory and infinitely better tactics rather than a series of mistakes from the British (although the arrogant underestimation of the Zulus still applies!) but it doesn't take away the bravery on both sides. At Rorkes Drift, focus on the sheer heroism of key individuals especially the lower ranks whose roles were underplayed in the film Zulu. Simple first rate all round!
An assault of the senses
Our 3 days at Fugutives Drift Lodge were superlative. We arrived at 2pm were warmly greeted by staff and ushered straight into a superb lunch served on the terrace. After lunch we were shown to our large room which was stunning. Stylishly simple and completely in character with its surroundings and with a view across the reserve to Isandlewana in the distance. A stay at the 10 room lodge is like being at an exclusive house party. Meals are eaten communally at different locations around the property. The food is delicious, just the right amount and beautifully presented, all dietary requirements are specially catered for. The lovely Grace is always there with a smile to serve you. The evening starts with drinks around the outdoor fire at 7pm. For those who have a reservation about communal dining , the atmosphere is very relaxed and it works really well to have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the days experiences with others who have shared them. The ideal stay would be 3 nights to allow the time to experience all the battlefield tours and in the correct order. Words cannot really express the impact of these tours. We did not really know the history, whereas some guests had studied the 24 hours of hell unleashed on this land extensively. We were lucky enough to have 3 different guides for each tour. A local Zulu guide told us the story of Isandelwana. His grandfather had been in the Zulu army during the war. A serving soldier from the Welsh Regiment who defended Rourkes drift and on attachment to the lodge for a month took us to visit the war graves on the property and Douglas Rattray , David’s son shared the experience of the 12 hour defence of Rourkes drift with us. All the talks were totally mesmerising and the impact of hearing these stories in the actual locations they occurred is very emotional and thought provoking. There was not a dry eye in the house at the end! The lodge is doing, a fantastic job of keeping the memory of the heroism and suffering of both the Zulu’s and the British soldiers alive. In addition to the tours there are also lovely self guided trails that can be enjoyed on the property. Whether you are an avid military historian or someone like us who is interested in stories of human endeavour you will be blown away by the experience at Fugutives Drift.
Superb accommodation and engrossing retelling of Rorkes Drift history
Fugitives Drift lodge is near perfect. Set on the side of a hill overlooking Buffalo River the lodge we stayed in was first class . Spacious, comfortable, clean with internal and external showers and an enormous bed it could not really have been better. The lodges are set amongst lawns and trees and are reached by decking walkways from the main dining and seating areas. It has a wonderful tranquil atmosphere. In the evening there are drinks around the fire and excellent food and drink. The Zulu war tours brings history alive. My wife was not particularly interested before we arrived but was just as fascinated as me by the time we left. Our guides Mphiwa and Bryan, to whom many thanks for your storytelling skills, had us totally engrossed and moved. Mphiwas grandfather fought in the wars and Bryan went to school in Rorkes Drift and its intriguing to hear the Zulu perspective on the past and present. We drove from Durban and it has to be said it’s a bit of an adventure in its self finding Fugitives Drift but when you do you will not regret it. David
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