There are many things to do at Rorke’s Drift Hotel. People
visit for the unparalleled access experience to the
famous battlefields of South Africa but often discover other
reason’s to stay and explore further.
Helicopter trips are a popular excursion. You can get a birdseye
view of the amazing landscape and why not stop off and
land somewhere for lunch!
The Buffalo River is right outside the hotel providing
immediate access for kayaking when the water level is high
Or for more leisurely pursuits, try visiting a local Zulu village
and seeing their craft and arts on display.
There are a lot of things to do in the area subject to the time of year and many come
with expert guides and tuition included.
Most visitors to Rorke’s Drift will wish to visit the famous battlefield of that name and that of Isandlwana which was fought earlier on the same day, 22 January 1879. We offer the widest range of options from the attention of a dedicated expert to self-guided tours.
Big game watching
Local to us are several game ranches where the wildlife requires management. By arrangement with our neighbours we can offer the chance to spend a day in the bush.
Shiyane (‘leave it’) towers over the hotel and a track to climb to the summit can be followed. The ascent takes about 45mins. Access is through the gate beside the water tank. Please ask at reception for a key to the padlock.
A local experienced helicopter pilot
can pick you up from outside the hotel
and take you to see KwaZulu-Natal
and the mountains. Or take a flight up
the Buffalo River and have lunch at
Recent categorisation of the plentiful birdlife all around us and by the river and on the slopes of the mountain reveals a list of over 115 species.
Local Zulu craft and arts
The workshops for pottery, weaving and screen printing of cloth can be visited during working hours and their products can be purchased. Hand carding and spinning of wool for weaving of carpets is particularly interesting since this method of yarn production has now almost died out.
These are places at less than an hour’s drive away – Isandlwana Battlefield, Mangeni Falls, Fugitive’s Drift, Elandskraal, Helpmekaar Village and many more. To enjoy them fully each destination should be considered as a half day.
The Buffalo River flows straight past
the hotel so why not make the most of
this fantastic natural facility.
Experienced instructors supervise
kayaking and make sure everyone is
Contact us for more information on specific activities