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NOW is the time to go!
"Doing" the Battlefields has vaguely been on our Wish List. Covid's silver lining is that lodges like Fugitive's Drift are now doing discounts for South African residents. So we decided to explore more of our own back yard. We had an AMAZING three nights at Fugitive's Drift - FAR exceeded our expectations in every way. This is THE place to learn about the Anglo-Zulu Wars. The story-telling is magical, the service impeccable, the lodge beautiful and the team were wonderful in every way. (I also loved the fact that there was no plastic wastage - no throwaway plastic water bottles or plastic picnic lunch wrappers - well done Fugitive's Drift! So much great attention to detail)
This stay was a dream come true. Ever since I saw David Rattray speak at the RGS in London, I wanted to go to Fugitive Drift. Time passed and it never happened despite 12 trips to SA. This year, by miracle, we managed to make it to SA again and last minute booked the cottage in the reserve. We were upgraded to the lodge. I cannot express my gratitude for this. Rooms: amazing. Large , gorgeous, beautiful view, great outdoor shower. Best bed ever! Lodge: this is fairly newly built. I loved the modern open design with seating everywhere and cozy spots. If you are after the more colonial look, then guesthouse may be a better option. Lovely pool Great views from everywhere Réserve: i adore reserves where I can just walk and explore by myself. There are 4 easy hiking trails. We did the yellow toute and saw many animals. I loved it Tours: we did the Rorke’s drift tour with Bryan. I felt I was there in the battle. Just amazing Food: yummy! There are no choices so be clear on preferences. Staff: all wonderful and lovely Just go. It’s paradise
We recently spent a lovely seven days at the Fugitives’ Drift lodge. It was our first change of scenery since lockdown in SA began and desperately needed a break. We thoroughly enjoyed the room with its lovely view, the lodge with its library and museum and felt welcomed by the very friendly and hospitable staff. Loved the dogs! We pretty much exhausted the various guided battlefield tours offered and were not disappointed: Douglas is a national treasure. His organic hard disk is chock full of the narrative and details of the battlefields, and his gift of storytelling made it all become alive; we could almost smell the gunpowder and hear the pounding of hooves. Riina & Lauri
A bucket list must-do
We have just spent three memorable night's at this lodge. It was worth every cent and the long drive to get there. The lodge is luxurious with friendly, helpful staff. The battlefields tours are a must do. We had the best weekend away.
A wonderful homestead set in South Africa's most historical area
It is quite easy to see how Prince Charles was wowed by the Rattray family and the commanding lodge set in the hills of Zululand. Nicky, Doug and Daisy were fantastic hosts, despite the raging bush fires that threatened the property on our arrival. Doug, a chip off the old block, son of the late David Rattray is also a raconteur of note and also an able firefighter, as we managed to stay to stay two nights at the Umzinyathi Farmhouse/Homestead. This is a perfect generational self/catering or catered farmhouse, that oozes that 'Out of Africa' experience. The main lodge was more modern but our stay was exceptional and it is a delight to have Margaret the housekeeper lighting fires after an enthralling day visiting both Rorke's drift and Isandlwana, two of the bloodiest battles of the Anglo Zulu wars. Bryan our battlefield guide, was exceptional, and comes highly recommended, as does this 5 star lodge.
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