On the other side of the ‘drift’
Fugitives’ Drift Lodge is a pioneer in the Heritage Tourism Industry. Started by renowned story-teller, David Rattray, and his wife Nicky, to introduce tourists to the compelling stories and history of Zululand. The lodge is now owned and run by Nicky and their son Andrew, remaining one of the few owner run establishments in SA.
The Lodge is built on the other side of the ‘drift’ or river crossing where the British survivors crossed the Umzinyathi River with Zulu warriors in pursuit. This award winning reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest House.
Both the Lodge and Guest House have spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages which all have private verandahs and broad views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge. The Lodge and Guest House both have swimming pools set in their colourful, well established gardens which are home to innumerable bird species.
Evident in every corner of Fugitives’ Drift is the Rattrays’ love of South Africa, its people and its unique history. Part of David’s legacy has been the establishment of The Rattray Foundation, which supports schools across the area, is housed in the grounds of the Lodge and CEO Ben Henderson loves to tell visitors about the Foundation’s inspiring work, including their use of ‘rammed earth’ technology to build schools.