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Fugitives’ Drift Battlefield Tours

 The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.  The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both battlefields, and includes the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment. It was here that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered heritage tourism in South Africa and created an award-winning lodge for visitors to savour this extraordinary saga.

Fugitives’ Drift’s flagship tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift have achieved international reputation and recognition.  Led by Douglas Rattray and his team of fantastic guides, the thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to both battlefields. Longstanding Rattray family associations with the area and its people allow them to offer unique Zulu perspectives. The guides are superb story tellers and they make the history come alive. Guests hear of the bravery and mobility of the Zulu Army which defeated the British Army at the Battle of Isandlwana, and listen to the famous story of Rorke’s Drift, where 139 British soldiers were attacked by 4000 Zulu warriors; a British victory which saw the award of more Victoria Crosses than in any other battle in history.

Hear about the modern memorial to the Isandlwana fallen Zulu by Gert Swart in the form of a necklace for valour. For those staying at Fugitives’ Lodge, there is a fascinating  collection of memorabilia in the Harford Library.

Please note that tours are always available to our in-house guests. We do offer day tours, but these are subject to availability.

Please email reservations@fugitivesdrift.com for more information.

Other tours to battlefields and other significant sites in the area are also available on request and availability.

Tour rates include include transport to and from the battlefields and Fugitives’ Drift, refreshments, a guide and entrance fee.

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  • Price Range R662.50 per battle per person - R1325 for both battles per person