Come and see the spectacular battlefields and so much more at Rorke’s Drift Hotel.
Rorke’s wagon drift is within our grounds, and there is the Battlefield 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 is 15 minutes downstream.
If you come for the battlefileds, why not stay a little longer and enjoy some other adventures...
Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, motorcycling, 4x4 excursions, helicopter trips, big game watching, local Zulu craft and arts and you can visit a local Zulu traditional village.For information on activities, click here.
Rorke’s Drift Hotel has a large and airy dinning and lounge area with views across the African Veld of Zululand.
There are 30 spacious bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities and a balcony with stunning views.
The hotel has a private swimming pool with sun loungers, a large sundeck with captivating 180-degree views, a fully stocked bar, a sports TV zone, a kids TV zone and a DVD library for families and children. The hotel also benefits from strong 4G in the area.
Buffets or a’la carte menus (accommodating allergies), are available throughout the day, seven days a week.
The library stocks more than 200 historical researched books and the local specialist and renowned historian and battlefield guide, Mr Paul Garner, is available to guide groups to all the historic areas and battlefields. These include Rorke’s Drift battle where circa 3,000 Zulus fought against 120 British soldiers, and the Isandlwana battle which was the biggest defeat of the British army by the Zulus.
To take a closer look at the hotel, please click the links below where most rooms can be seen.The hotel can also accomodate conferences.
If you are interested to spend time in this wonderful location we may be able to offer a working placement in the hotel. A skill in hospitality or catering will be valued or some technical maintenance skill to continue the training of our local staff in the workings of a modern building on a self-contained site.
A driving licence is essential and a normal stay of up to 90 days is possible on a visitor visa. Just send us an email with your experience and an idea of what skills you could bring. Our offer is free board and lodging for your stay in exchange for some help, and you will enjoy a detailed insight to the history of the area which you will have plenty of time to explore in detail.
This hotel was the vision and dream of Charles Aikenhead, an ex-soldier, and retired businessman. His love of history and Africa drove him to build this incredible hotel here on the banks of the Buffalo River, overlooking the original site of Rorke’s Drift. His wish was to further open this part of Africa and the battlefield history to a wider audience while bringing some extra employment and income to the community. The hotel is partly owned by the Rorke’s Drift Community association and the staff come from the local area.
It took Charles Aikenhead many years with a supportive and dedicated team to turn a boulder field on the most inhospitable ground into this hotel.
Everything from power, water, drainage, access roads and complete infrastructure needed to be built and every challenge – environmental, engineering and political was overcome to achieve this Hotel.
Charles’s passion for the history of this period and area, led to many fond relationships and discoveries. After his passing in July 2020, we shall miss him hugely along with his enthusiasm, passion and stories of the Zulu and Boer war from a great raconteur.
The hotel is now being managed and run day-to-by the experienced team of Roz and Shane Evan from Isandlwana Lodge after their 7 years managing that hotel.