Fugitives' Drift Lodge


Fugitives’ Drift Lodge is a country-style lodge set on a hillside above the Buffalo River Gorge and has been designed to complement its natural surroundings. You are surrounded by artefacts and cultural items from the Zulu Wars and need only sit back and listen to engaging stories about the fascinating people and history of the region.

The Buffalo River offers excellent fishing while the birdlife is both diverse and abundant. Head out on game drives to spot zebra, giraffe and a variety of antelope species that have recently been reintroduced to the property.

Learn about the local isiZulu culture on a self-drive tour of the nearby village and explore the other nearby battlefields on organised day tours with the lodge’s experienced and expert guides.

Fugitives’ Drift is not only for military or history buffs: anyone can enjoy the peace of the kwaZulu-Natal countryside and the discreet service that this luxurious lodge offers adventurous travellers.


  • Perfect Battlefield location on a Natural Heritage site
  • Built on the site of the original Rattray family homestead
  • Diverse birdlife & game viewing
  • Spacious suites all with private verandas
  • Family-owned & -run lodge

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South Africa, Kwazulu-Natal, Battlefields

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Comfort Level



Enjoy an afternoon’s bird watching in the beautifully kept gardens or cool off in the large swimming pool as you look out over the Buffalo River Gorge.

The lodge has a sole-use venue for larger private gatherings like special-occasion birthday parties.

The Harford Library has a dedicated kitchenette and Internet access,

General Facilities

  • Children’s Club
  • Laundry service
  • Swimming Pool
  • Babysitting service available


Meals at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge consist of a delicious combination of local and contemporary flavours and are enjoyed amidst the displayed artefacts of the Anglo-Zulu Wars.


Fugitives’ Drift Lodge has 10 of spacious room.

Each one has an en suite bathroom and a private veranda offering views of the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge.

Two sets of rooms are inter-leading, making them ideal for small groups travelling together.

Room Amenities


  • Hairdryer
  • Safe in room
  • En-suite bath and shower
  • Tea & coffee-making facilities

Other Room Types

The lodge also offers the Annex, a recently renovated 2-bedroom cottage that is perfect for families.

A cosy sitting room connects the two en suite bedrooms – one of the bathrooms has a shower and bath, the other has a shower cubicle


  • Day tours
  • Bird watching
  • Biking
  • Horse riding
  • Guided walks

Tour Rates

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Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.