Fugitives’ Drift is world famous for its battlefield tours, led by knowledgeable and highly-qualified lecturers, steeped in the history of the region and telling the tale as they were taught to tell it by the renowned historian, David Rattray.
Accommodation at the Lodge consists of eight spacious luxury en suite rooms. Each has a private verandah with views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge. A feature of the lodge is the shady, well-established garden - home to innumerable birds – and a large swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River Gorge.
Tours of Isandlwana start early, with guests departing in a vehicle listening to a tape narrated by David Rattray explaining the background to the Anglo-Zulu War. There is a stop at 9:00 for a comfort break and to view the museum at Isandlwana. The lecture on the battlefield begins at 9:45 until around 11:45, when tea, coffee and refreshments are served. Another tape, this time describing the story of the survivors and events after the battle of Isandlwana is played en route back to the Lodge or Guest House, returning for lunch at 13:00.
Tours of Rorke’s Drift departs at 15:00. Guests have time to look through the museum at Rorke’s Drift before the lecture begins at 16:00. There is very little walking involved.
The lecture concludes around 18:00 and guests are then given the opportunity to look around the memorials and graveyard before returning to the lodge.