Philip and Anita from “Cape Town” recently travelled to KwaZulu Natal, where they flew to Durban and hired a car and explored. Their first stop was at Fugitives Drift Lodge where they stayed for 2 nights and learnt about the battles that took place during the Anglo- Zulu war in 1879 at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. From here they drove to the beautiful Drakensburg area, where they stayed 3 nights at Cleopatra Mountain farmhouse for some relaxing time, before returning to Durban Airport to fly home. Please see what they had to say about their trip.
Fugitive Drift: We were warmly welcomed. Lovely bedroom suite with the most enormous bed I have ever slept in! Loved the outdoor shower. The staff were very flexible and accommodating in terms of rescheduling our tours as I was very tired on the day we arrived.
All the meals, in terms of menu, quality, service and setting were excellent.
But the highlight was the tours: I totally fell in love with history again! I specially found that the CDs played in the vehicle while we drove around with our guides gave us context which enhanced the guides re-telling of the battles once we got to the locations. The guides were all excellent, well trained, passionate and well equipped to deal with questions. And they made us as comfortable as possible too in terms of cold water on hand and camp chairs to sit on and other refreshments.
I highly recommend the Battlefield tours to anyone. In fact, I think it is essential!
Cleopatra Mountain Lodge: Cleopatra is in a beautiful setting and conveniently situated to explore the Drakensberg.
We had a beautiful view from our room and it was equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The décor however is very quirky and cluttered and outdated. The reception areas were similarity cluttered with objects and collections and memorabilia, I didn’t mind it there as it added interest, but I think the bedrooms should have a cleaner look. (I had to resist the urge to re-arrange and tidy up.) The garden and grounds are beautiful and very well maintained.
The staff were friendly and I had an excellent massage.
They have a series of clearly market hikes from Cleopatra into the mountains which we enjoyed on our one rain free day. They have fireplaces everywhere which were great on the rainy days which we spent relaxing and playing backgammon.
They see themselves as a foodie destination and we were really indulged and spoilt in this regard, although one or two dishes were a small miss. They have an extensive wine cellar which you are taken to prior to each meal to select your wine. The menu of the day is on a blackboard and one of the staff members comes to chat to tell you about all the locally sourced produce and has a general chat with you about the farm and the area and the excursions.
We had a really lovely stay.
Kay, Thank you again for your patient assistance all along and for the special picnic treat! Due to the rain we had it on our stoep. And it was so plentiful, we had it as our lunches.
Anita & Philip