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Rorke’s Drift, famous, infamous but delightful is an experience not to be missed. Located on the battlefields of kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa this little hamlet has seen some of the most significant moments in South Africa’s history.
The Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879 was a part of the Anglo-Zulu war that saw the first defeat of the British Forces by an imposing Zulu Impi in the morning at Isandlwana and a complete turnaround in the evening of the same day at Rorke’s Drift.
Also during this time the French Prince Imperial died in a skirmish and ended the Bonaparte dynasty. Today it is marked by a single cenotaph in a lonely field. At Fugitive’s Drift is another lone cenotaph raised to the honour of two men whose sole purpose was to preserve the Queen’s Colours and whose bravery was acknowledged by the award of a Victoria Cross.
A stone’s throw away and a few years later the Anglo Boer War raged with many Boer battles being won and lost.
Amongst them was the Battle of Talana, the Battle of Elandslaagte and the Battle of Spionkop. Boer history is cemented in the Battle of Blood River and the site of this Boer Zulu conflict lies only kilometres from Rorke’s Drift.
In more modern times the site of Rorke’s Drift has become the home to the ELC Art and Craft Centre where during the deep, dark days of apartheid black art students came to study and the legacy now is a carpet weaving factory, pottery and printing works where the emphasis is on ART.
Intersperse this with the rolling plains of Africa where the Paperbark tree, animals and birds abound and the Southern Cross and Milky Way shine down and you have the recipe for an experience that will live with you forever. For a superior travel experience and accommodation you simply must visit Rorke’s Drift and Rorke’s Drift Lodge.
The Lodge Info
More than just a holiday ....it’s a little bit of heaven
Rorke’s Drift Lodge, tucked up against the Sinqindi Mountain in kwaZulu-Natal, has before it a breathtaking expanse of Zululand that visitor’s to South Africa will not easily experience anywhere else. The unique accommodation units reside in an expansive 5 hectare garden with rolling lawns on a 1000 acre property.
In an effort to fully explore our Mantra of EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL, we subscribe to and drive the concept of the word GUEST. The Oxford Dictionary offers us the explanation of Guest as being someone invited to visit.
In keeping with this invitation, we have developed our facilities at the Lodge so that our visitors will truly feel that they were invited. With this in mind, guests at Rorke’s Drift Lodge will find their self contained unit designed with seclusion and privacy in mind. Each unit has its own lounge-cum-diningroom-cum-kitchenette tastefully furnished along with a very comfortable bedroom and en-suite bathroom.
Alongside the unit is a “braai” area where guests are able to enjoy the unending vistas while having their sundowners around an outdoor firepit or preparing their own feast. Each unit has a Personal Lodge Assistant who is on call for the duration of the guest’s stay and she will service and restock the unit twice a day.
In the kitchens of the Lodge we brew up tasty treats on a daily basis. Cuisine with a South African flavour is our speciality. Our delicious breakfasts accompanied by homemade breads and we also pack delicious picnic lunches for guests on tour.
Guests have the choice of catering for themselves or ordering meals from the kitchens. All meals are served to the guest in their own unit.
Rorke’s Drift Lodge is located in a very secluded spot in kwaZulu-Natal and as such, access to the Lodge is along a farm track of 5kms after a drive of 21kms on dirt road.
This seclusion allows our guests the freedom to enjoy our little bit of Africa in safety, where the vistas can be absorbed and the soul can find peace. We therefore advise guests who are travelling in hired vehicles to keep this in mind.
The very spacious grounds of Rorke’s Drift Lodge allow our guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy their African adventure. In order that guests can be entertained for the least effort on their part, we have put together some exciting activities which can be viewed on the
What you can do page. Many of our guests have left here feeling that they came as a visitor and left as a friend. We INVITE YOU to become part of our Rorke’s Drift Lodge family and look forward to meeting you.
What you can see
Birds and Wildlife
The true magic of Rorke’s Drift Lodge really lies in the essence of Africa. We are essentially an African destination, and with that comes all the accoutrements of Africa. In our little bit of heaven we harbour many a resident who has, quite naturally, come to be a part of Rorke’s Drift Lodge.
In our gardens we have counted more than 120 different species of birds that at different times of the year can be found flitting from branch to branch. The Paradise Flycatcher, the Scarlet Chested Sunbird, the Groundscraper Thrush, and many more have made their home here.
We are incredibly fortunate to have a family of Ground Hornbills that has been breeding non-stop for the past seven years. We have watched their family grow each year since were opened our doors. Indeed the family has got so big that six of the children now forage on their own and the parents now only have the last two offspring to care for.
In the last eighteen months we have also had a breeding herd of Impala settle on our property and of course the ever present Kudu still roam the property.
Other naturally occurring wildlife includes, Blackback Jackals, Porcupine, Warthogs, Wild Pigs, Mountain Reedbuck, Common Reedbuck, Grey Duiker, Serval, Spotted Gennets, African Wildcats, Lynx and even a very elusive Leopard.
How to get Here:
FROM JOHANNESBURG (6 HOURS)
Please note that this is our recommended route however at present the road between Leandra and Standerton has very very bad potholes. We recommend that you refer to www.googlemap.co.za and follow the route along the N3 exiting at Villiers and going past Vrede and Memel.
From Johannesburg take the N12 East to Witbank. At the Delmas turn-off take the R50 South to Delmas, Leandra, Standerton. At Standerton take the R23 South to Volksrust. At Volksrust take the N11 to Newcastle. 8km past Newcastle take the R621 to Dannhauser-Hattingspruit and Dundee.
Drive through Dundee en-route to Vryheid on the R33. After 2 km you will pass the Talana Museum on your left. Continue for a further 5 km until the R68 turn off to Nqutu-Melmoth-Ulundi, turn right. Travel 26 km on R68 look out for turn off to Rorke's Drift on your right, opposite Eskom sub-station.
Turn right onto dirt road and carry on for 7 km. At T junction turn left towards Rorke's Drift. Travel for 12 km into Rorke's Drift. Go beyond Rorke’s Drift Museum and turn right at our sign board. Proceed straight for 4.8 km along a farm road to the lodge. Recommended speed 20km/hr
For SatNav Destination use: Rorke's Drift (via R68)
co-ordinates South 28° 21' 37" East 30°32'13"
Decimal South 28° 21.731' East 30° 32.323'
Rorke's Drift, District Msinga, kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa