July 2013

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

History is alive!

The media coverage in April of the granting of Roll of Honour status to Private David Jenkins 1/24 has continued to generate considerable heat among the history buffs and is a story that looks likely to roll on.

The question of not only whether but why he was at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift is still open for contributions from source material. Our History Day on the rescheduled date of 13 July looks likely to give it and other subjects an airing

All-Star Grading

We were so surprised and totally thrilled by the award from Trip Advisor that is proudly displayed in our header. This was all as a result of the reviews that guests had been kind enough to write on the tourism benchmark website, which are scored for satisfaction.

The award puts Rorke’s Drift Hotel in the top 10% of accommodation providers internationally – and all within just over two years of opening!

We risk repeating the comment of one guest on departure: “you offer a four star service at a three star price in a five star location”. That of course, is just two areas for improvement!

Winter Guests

Midwinter day is now passed and we reflect on our great winter climate in the Buffalo Valley. Visitors from UK have relished the dry sunshine as have those escaping the winter in Cape Town.

Even those from the Natal Midlands have found our warm days (22deg) and contrasting chilly mornings, refreshing. Our picture is a jolly group who had spent a relaxing stay that included a fully guided day to the battlefields.

The grass is amber and the aloes are coming into flower; great space to relax! We have also been pleased to welcome guests from many countries, some on motor bikes, and many passing thro.

Birding news

The Southern Bald Ibis are becoming active at their nesting site (20 pairs) just down the river and in the next few months will be rebuilding their nests and raising new families. First sightings of a pair of Secretary Birds building a nest is also cause for excitement and anticipation – one of SA’s largest ground birds.

Memorabilia

Our lobby gift shop now boasts a small selection of hats and tee shirts bearing a Rorke’s Drift logo, and we can at last offer a Rorke’s Drift postcard – there wasn’t one! Guests can purchase stamps and have their cards franked at the Rorke’s Drift Post Office for its twice weekly collection.