A History

“The fort at Trumpeters was visible from a long way off, from the top of the hill. It is a compact little barrack, with high walls; pierced with the loopholes for musketry and could afford the accommodation of fifty men on an emergency… It is the most solitary post I have seen yet.”

– Captain Bulgar; Extracts from My South Africa Diary 1862.

Trumpeters Drift is a game lodge steeped in tradition, the accommodations were built around a historical stone fort which has been refurbished in recent years. The drift along the Great Fish River, as well as the fort, were named after Hans Trompetter, the leader of a group of Khoikhoi who settled near the fort.

The history of Trumpeters Drift began when it was discovered to be a convenient crossing point between Grahamstown and Fort Peddie. In 1817 Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of the Cape Colony, built a rudimentary fort after a group of Xhosas crossed the drift to attack Grahamstown.

After many years had passed; the fort was finally reinforced in 1843 and formed part of the Lewis Line of Forts, which consisted of 6 forts.

Around the Fort there are graves for the fallen British Soldiers during the  4th to 7th Frontier wars.

The fort at Trumpeters Drift still stands today, with very few structural modifications made.

The Trumpeters Drift also commemorates the famous Dick King Route, who passed by on his way from Natal to Grahamstown, to assist in the battle with the Xhosas in 1842, the journey was over 950km, an undertaking that took him only ten days; which in those times was an incredible feat.


Hunting & Animals

The reserve at Trumpeters Drift consists of mainly valley thicket, which is a protected indigenous vegetation. The game farm holds the highest density of Kudu in one area in the Eastern Cape. Kudu aren’t the only game available on your safari hunt, there are also a large number of Impala, Nyala and Zebra found on the reserve with plans of introducing a number of other antelope species. This reserve is completely free from any large predators, but there is an abundance of smaller predators, such as black back jackals as well as baboons.

Hunting safaris will strictly be tracking on foot, in a “walk and stalk” style.

For more details on an average hunting day, please take a look at our hunting page.