Rorke's Drift Lodge
Rorke's Drift Lodge, tucked up against the Sinqindi Mountain in KwaZulu-Natal, has before it a breathtaking expanse of Zululand. The lodge is a tastefully converted farm house that resides in an expansive 5 hectare garden with rolling lawns.
The area 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.
Visitors to Rorke's Drift Lodge are assured of an intimate experience laced with tons of personal interaction with the friendly and efficient staff.
The main guest areas include a cosy lounge complete with fireplace and DSTV (cable television), and a reception area with a small curio shop. A multi-level deck area is located in front of the lodge and guests can choose to simply lounge comfortably on one of the levels or to take a swim in the plunge pool while enjoying the spectacular view in the distance.
Cuisine with a South African flavour is a speciality, and evening meals are a set menu of 3 carefully selected courses. Delicious picnic lunches can also be arranged for guests wanting to go out for the entire day.
The main building also houses 2 of the rooms, Kune and Kutatu. These 2 rooms give guests instant access to all the lodge amenities while still having private entrances, affording guests the same privacy that the other rooms have.
Kubili and Kuhlanu, the other 2 rooms/suites are located away from the lodge in the gardens. These 2 rooms, although within 100m of the main lodge, are very private and ideal for thoses guests looking for that extra bit of seclusion.
Breakfast and dinner are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
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.
8 km 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, and 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.
From Durban: Take the N3 North to Johannesburg. Take the off ramp  to Ladysmith on the N11. Pass through Ladysmith on the N11 to Newcastle. After 20 km (Elandslaagte) take the R601 to Dundee via Glencoe. 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 7m.
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.
From Hluhluwe: From Empangeni take the R34 (R66) to Melmoth. Drive through Melmoth on the route R66 to Ulundi. After approximately 4 km take the R68 left to Babanango and Nqutu. Caution: after about 20 km watch out for R68 turn to the right.
Drive past Babanango for about 47 km on the R68. Look out for the turn-off on your left, marked Isandlwana. Follow gravel road past Isandlwana for 9 km, turn left onto the D30 (big tree on corner) towards Rorke’s Drift.
After 10 km turn left at the T-junction to 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.
Rorke's Drift Lodge Map
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Lodge / Inn
Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 6 ratings
The Guest House consists of 6 cottages, each with a large en-suite bedroom that are individually decorated and with private verandahs offering sweeping views of the reserve and surrounding battlefields. The Guest House also boasts a charming sitting and dining room, an outside eating area, and a sparkling pool that overlooks Isandlwana and the indigenous bushveld.
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Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings
The lodge itself is in the 108 year old former farmhouse, which has been wonderfully restored in park-like grounds to now house the reception lounge, the dining room, with spectacular views overlooking the Spionkop mountain, and the cosy Churchill pub. The accommodation consists of 8 comfortable en-suite bedrooms, as well as 2 fully equipped self-catering cottages, ideal for families or friends travelling together.