April 2013

Welcome to our new quarterly roundup of news, from the key destination in the KZN Battlefields

History visitors

Our steady stream of history visitors included the Great Granddaughter of Sgt Smith of B Coy 2/24th; Great Grandson of Pte Fielding (aka Williams) VC and the author Ron Lock. All were delighted to sit on our deck and muse over the events that had happened in our view during the historic action of 1879, and to leave some historic mementoes to add to our collection, which are available for visitors to see and handle at the Bar.

Summer weather

Visitors after 17th January were amazed at the look of the Rorke’s Drift Battlefield which resembled the Somme in WW1 after a terrific and very local hailstorm had shredded all the leaves off the trees and broke almost 200 windows. The Hotel weathered the storm well but the 100mm of rain that fell in an hour caused some damage to our driveway and delayed guests getting to bed after supper.

The heap of hail in our Fort courtyard was harvested to the cold room to keep provisions fresh during the inevitable power cut and great team clean-up soon put everything to rights – but the garden still carries the scars.

Our picture shows a guest exercising one of our canoes on the day of the storm. The hail polished our thatched roofs back to golden grass!

Star Grading

Sharp eyed readers will notice the three star grading symbol that we were granted by the Council and which is now proudly displayed at our reception.

Record Month

Our busiest month since opening at the beginning of 2011 was this last February when we were pleased to welcome over 120 resident guests for varying lengths of stay. Guided trips to the battlefields were on the agenda for most and our resident guide for the period and our local guides all gained impressive accolades.

Those lucky enough to spend an additional night or two were able to see our beauty spot ‘The Cliffs’; to visit Fort Melvill; Matoscheni Cemetery across the River; explore the Bridle Trail to Isandlwana, and to visit Fugitive’s Drift.

Website

Development now includes a picture gallery which we invite you to browse; and a one-click enquiry form is added to Reservations, to make contact even easier for guests and TO’s.

History Day

For those who have not yet registered, it is on 11 May and you can offer a pet subject and present it for 7.5minutes. A visit to the crossing point of the Buffalo by those coming to attack Rorke’s Drift will be an afternoon option.

Full detail on the latest news tab on the website.