Fugitives' Drift Guest House

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Situated on the stunning Fugitives' Drift property, the award-winning Fugitives' Drift Guest House offers an extraordinary retreat in KwaZulu Natal's most evocative region - the Battlefields. This family-owned guest house reflects the owners' love of South Africa, its people and the area.

Enjoy expertly led and narrated tours with a professional guide through the the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. Grab the opportunity to go fishing on the nearby Buffalo River.


  • Located on a Natural Heritage site right in the middle of the historic Battlefields
  • Get to know South Africa's rich history with experts - the Rattray family
  • An original homestead, beautifully preserved
  • Beautiful cottages with sweeping views
  • Experience superb cuisine


  • Day tours
  • Fishing
  • Guided walks
  • Historical tours
A more affordable option than its sister property, Fugitives Drift Lodge, but with the same high standards. Very good value for money and the comfortable feeling of home with some of the best guides in the area.
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En-suite Room

Six spacious, individually designed cottages are available at Fugitives Drift Guest House, each with an en suite bathroom and commanding views of the surrounding area from a private veranda.


Fugitives' Drift Guest House has a stunning swimming pool, just outside the farmhouse, that offers views of Isandlwana and the mountain ranges beyond.


The original farmhouse has been converted into the dining room and there is also an outside eating area with a haunting view of the Isandlwana in the distance.

General facilities

  • Children's Club
  • Laundry service
  • Swimming Pool
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Fugitives' Drift Guest House

Bernadette Lowther

"Speaking of Fugitive's Drift - it was one of the many outstanding properties you arranged for us and we were so sad to have missed our extra day there but the decision to delay our drive was the correct one."

Louise Laudy

"We loved Fugitives drift where we were upgraded. The talks were brilliant though as one of the guides said you need to know that Fugitives drift is all about the battlefields."

Lord Richard & Lady Hilary Westbury

"I spoke to Lord Westbury on Monday and he said that they had great time and everything was very well organized. They found the place easily as per your directions."

Clare Rowsell

"Fugitives Drift was fantastic - great accommodation, great hospitality and very knowledgeable guides. We'd highly recommend it."

Linda and Tony Tomlinson

A fantastic experience. Every aspect was first class. We were familiar with the basic story but were most impressed by the detailed knowledge of the guides and the overall commitment to continue David Rattray's work. We took a half a day and travell ed, alone, to Blood River, which we also enjoyed.
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William Legge

Fugitives Drift Guesthouse was just right - very comfortable rooms, very pleasant staff and great meals around one big table with other guests and the guides. It gave us every opportunity to get to know the people and what was available. As well as t he two tours already booked (Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift) we went on a long tour of the Blood River & Prince Imperial sites. It was all fascinating the guides turned out to be very enthusiastic and well informed, they were excellent story tellers. Far Far more than just a guided tour they were lectures delivered with great feeling right on the site of the battles. A violent thunderstorm at Rorke's Drift mid lecture meant we had to continue inside the Church with windows and doors banging and rattling adding to the effect. It was an experience we will never forget. We also learned a great deal about the Zulu people and there way of life while we were there, it brought all the books I have read of the area (i.e. Wilbur Smith) to life. I can definitely say this was the highlight of our trip.
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Lindsay Southgate

"They were very welcoming and the lodge is comfortable, they make you feel like part of the family. Also amazingly interesting tours and fabulous countryside to enjoy."

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