Find your African Space at Rorke’s Drift Hotel!
At Rorke’s Drift on the River Buffalo, the views from the Hotel are spectacular and full of interest and gentle walks or hikes in our natural bush surroundings will revive and stimulate. The wagon drift that gives the area its name is within our grounds, and of course there is the Battlefield, just 5 minutes or a short walk away, where 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded. The dramatic field of Isandlwana that was fought on the same day is just a 20 minute drive, and the poignant memorial at Fugitive’s Drift, 15 minutes downstream.
We are the Hub and the Heartbeat of the Battlefields, in the centre of the actions of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Nearby, Blood River and Talana respectively add interest to the Boer-Zulu confrontation in 1838 and the South African War of 1899-1902. Unique subjects for photographers and artists, birders and relaxers draw guests for multiple visits.
The Hotel is 45mins from Dundee and 25 mins from Nqutu and approached on good gravel roads; the journey from Jo’burg or Durban encourages our guests to spend at least two nights, and a week will still leave things undone for your next visit ( see Sarah’s Diary in our Destinations page)
Our comfortable modern facilities were completed in 2011 and are a unique architectural design taken from the Zulu idiom. The soaring thatched roof encloses spacious bar, lounge and dining areas, all with huge windows showing the views. Do have a quick look at our gallery and our online brochure on the link Brochures 2015; or see our video on https://youtu.be/CvK1iwIBf0A
The accommodation ‘Fort’ offers seven huge double/twin ensuite rooms which offer a choice of premier view, standard and family room options. In addition we have four single ensuite rooms in the main building – our River Rooms – and a quirky one on the mezzanine. We also offer the guest suite at The Deanery, just beside the battlefield for those wishing an even closer encounter with history.
Visitors will be stunned by our beautiful position with imposing views over Zululand and towards Isandlwana which are enriched by the history and the stories that you must hear from our deck. We offer a battlefield guiding service for our visitors so you may join a group or have individual attention to meet your wishes, or book your own guide.
The stunning venue is available for conferences, small weddings and special functions and annually gains an Award of Excellence fom TripAdvisor.com
This is the view from our deck that surrounds the Dining Room, Lounge and Bar. Within it are Rorke’s original Drift, the Old Wagon Road to Zululand, the cemetery in the clump of trees where 12 Victorian soldiers lie, Sihayo’s stronghold and just over the hill on the right, the noted feature of Isandlwana. Once you know the outline of the history, the stories that link events through this view will be memorable and you will know you have arrived in the centre of the actions that happened in 1879.
This view above is inside the Main Building looking towards the main entrance with the deck and the view behind you. Kwa Jim Bar is on the left and the Shiyane Restaurant on the right. The round style of the building with natural coloured finishes and thatched roof draws from the Zulu tradition and this unique roof design provides comfortable space with generous natural light. Our lobby facilities also include a gift shop and the Bushman Room Library.
Below is a view with the accommodation ‘Fort’ on the right and our ‘pool with the view’ sheltering between the two buildings. The Fort has an open centre courtyard with access to the guest rooms and here the traditional Zulu style is left on the outside while the décor and finishes in the centre are inspired by the Victorians. Each generous ensuite double or twin room has a French window to the an outside deck and modern furnishings under a soaring thatched roof. Each of the rooms is named after a distinguished character from 19th Century Natal history.
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