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  • The well appointed lodge overlooks the infamous Rorke's Drift battlefield
  • The ruggedly beautiful landscape abounds and begs to be explored
  • Numerous cultural, historic and outdoors activities available

Rorke's Drift Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

5km from Rorkes Drift

 

-28.3839, 30.5086

About

Set against the Sinqindi Mountains overlooking the Rorke’s Drift battlefield, where 150 British soldiers managed to repel more than 3 000 Zulu warriors in 1879, Rorke’s Drift Lodge offers an experience packed with nostalgia and African charm. Situated in lush gardens, the lodge’s three thatched Zulu-themed units are surrounded by vast expanses of savannah that play host to more than 150 bird species and a wide variety of small game, adding another exciting dimension to a stay here. 

Rates include a hearty hot and cold breakfast, accompanied by home-baked breads, which guests are able to enjoy in the privacy of their unit. The units each have a well-equipped kitchenette, as well as outdoor braai facilities, allowing guests to prepare their own lunch and dinner. For those who don’t feel like cooking, the lodge kitchen creates a variety of delicious traditional and contemporary dishes, which are brought straight to the rooms.

Furnished in an elegant African style, the units are equipped with hairdryers, ceiling fans, tea and coffee trays and safes, while the spacious bathrooms have large showers and thoughtful extras such as a shoe cleaning kit and big, fluffy towels - changed on demand. 

The beds are fitted with percale linen and electric blankets for those chilly winter nights. In support of the local community, the lounge and bedroom floors have been dressed with lovely patterned carpets made by weavers at the ELC Art and Craft Centre in Rorke’s Drift, enhancing the African feel.

An interestingly configured unit, Kubili has a double bedroom and lounge on different levels, and a huge bathroom reached by going down a spiral staircase. A third guest or two older children can sleep on a fold-out couch in the lounge, which has a satellite television and DVD player. The large deck, nestled in the branches of a fig tree, offers sweeping views over the battlefield, making it an idyllic spot for outdoor relaxation. 

Special features in the twin bedded Kuhlanu unit include a spacious bathroom with two picture windows that frame lovely views over Zululand, and a private deck with equally scenic views. The couch in the lounge folds into a double bed for extra guests. Since the lounge is adjacent to the bedroom, Kuhlanu is a good choice for couples with smaller children. 

Families of four will be very comfortable in the Kune unit, which has a warming fireplace and satellite television. Larger groups can book the Kutatu twin room in conjunction with one of the other units.

Days at the lodge can be spent lounging around the swimming pool, strolling around the gardens or going for walks through the bush, while horseback safaris are also on offer.

A trip to this historic region isn’t complete without a battlefield tour, where a guide will vividly bring to life the dramatic battles of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Blood River or Talana. To get a better idea of the colourful Zulu culture, visit the Rorke’s Drift Zulu Village, a community-based project which shows how the famous tribe lived more than 150 years ago, or head to the ELC Art and Craft Centre, where weaving, pottery and printed art is up for sale.

Rates & Summary


Kubili Unit

Sleeps 2 adults in double bed
Lounge with sleeper couch for 1 adult or 2 children
En-suite shower
Dining area and kitchen
Deck with braai area
Views over battlefield

Kuhlanu Unit

Sleeps 2 adults in twin beds
Lounge with sleeper couch for 1 adult or 2 children
En-suite shower
Dining area and kitchen
Deck with braai area
Views over battlefield

Kune Family Unit

Sleeps 3 adults in bedroom with double and twin bed
Lounge with day bed for child
En-suite shower
Dining area and kitchen with fireplace
Patio with braai area
Garden view

Kutatu Room

Can only be booked in conjunction with other rooms
Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio with garden view

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Hot and cold breakfast included
Units are equipped for self-catering
Lunch and dinner available

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in large gardens surrounded by the vast expanses of Zululand, Rorke’s Drift Lodge offers well appointed, African-style accommodation that allows guests to either cater for themselves or order food from the kitchens. This luxurious thatched lodge overlooks the infamous Rorke’s Drift battlefield, taking guests on a nostalgic trip back to one of the most important sites of the Anglo-Zulu war. The savannah landscape, hearty cuisine and rich cultural charm work together to create a quintessentially African experience.

Summary

  • The well appointed lodge overlooks the infamous Rorke's Drift battlefield
  • The ruggedly beautiful landscape abounds and begs to be explored
  • Numerous cultural, historic and outdoors activities available

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The 23.8km dirt road approach road is suitable for all vehicles, but the recommended speed limit is 20km/h.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game viewing
  • Horse riding
  • Hiking
  • Nearby: battlefield tours, museums, monuments, cultural experiences, Mangeni Falls.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • No cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km

Payment

  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Zululand & the Battlefields

KwaZulu Natal

About

It was from the bush and grassland of northern KwaZulu-Natal that the impis of King Shaka emerged, sweeping down onto the other tribes of the hinterland and eventually engaging the British forces and shaking the very roots of the Empire. At the height of its power, the Zulu nation covered 30 000km2, but 60 years after it was first formed, its reign was over. In those 60 years, the Zulus shaped the future of the country and were engaged in battles with the Boers and the British, but these were not the only bloody conflicts in the region. 

After the Zulu empire was broken, the English and the Boers fought for control of South Africa, with many battles taking place in Natal. While the best-known battles in the area are undoubtedly Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, as well as the siege of Ladysmith, there is fascinating history to be had at countless other ones. 

The beauty of the scenery clashes harshly with the devastating past, while the rough terrain makes one wonder how the machines of war were manhandled across the country, and how the Zulu impis managed to cover such vast distances in a single day, barefoot.

The regions of Zululand and the Battlefields merge together and are hard to separate, stretching from the northern and western KwaZulu-Natal borders to the towns of Ladysmith and Colenso in the south and towards the Elephant Coast in the east.

Zululand has managed to remain largely unaffected by industrial expansion and much of it remains farmland, timber plantations and rural wilderness, including beautiful Big-Five game reserves and grasslands. 

On the other hand there is the industrial hub of Richards Bay, the largest port in South Africa.

Tourism revolves around the natural beauty and diversity, as well as the haunting battlefields on which so many lost their lives and which are simply fascinating to visit, especially with a knowledgeable guide, of which there are a few.

Since this is the birthplace of the Zulu nation, it is also the place to come to grips with Zulu tradition, culture and history.

A number of cultural experiences exist, where tourists can become immersed in the local tradition and culture, learning a huge amount and enjoying themselves even more.

A few reserves in the region offer good game-viewing, from Weenen and Spioenkop in the south up to Ithala in the north. The diverse ecosystem means that hundreds of bird species are present, and a few notable bird-watching spots include the Dlinza and Ongoye forests, as well as the wetlands of Richards Bay.

An area as large and diverse will always have an almost endless array of attractions, and Zululand and the Battlefields are no different, from fishing in Richards Bay to horse-riding, mountain-biking, game-viewing and bird-watching. There is even a brewery to lighten the spirits when the history gets a little heavy.

Look out for

Zululand Brewery in Eshowe is a great place to pop in for a relaxing Zulu Blonde Export Ale, a beer that has won awards and rave reviews internationally. While you’re sitting at The Happy George Bar, ask around for recommendations on what’s new to do in the area.

The Dlinza and Ongoye Forests are serious birding hotspots and both are easily accessible. In fact, the Dlinza aerial boardwalk is something that even non-birders will enjoy and appreciate.

Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are the two seminal battlefields in the Battlefields tour and are both intensely fascinating and moving. A good guide is invaluable in bringing them to life. Ulundi and Blood River are also well worth visiting, giving different insights into the bloodshed that shaped this land.

Take a hike up Majuba or Spioenkop mountains, both of which offer sensational views in addition to stirring battlefield history. The historic O’Neills cottage, where a peace treaty was signed to end the first Anglo-War, lies at the base of Majuba.

The majestic Ithala Game Reserve in the very north of KwaZulu-Natal offers good game-viewing and bird-watching, as well as epic scenery of mountains and valleys. While there is a variety of accommodation, the pick of it is undoubtedly the bush camps that can be booked out for your group.

Every year the Zulu nation holds the Reed Ceremony near the eNyokeni Royal residence in Nongoma north of Melmoth, thousands of maidens gathering to pay their respect to their king. This happens in spring and visitors from all over the world come to watch the women dance and sing to King Goodwill Zwelithini in his ceremonial regalia.

The eMakhosini Ophate Heritage Park should not be missed by anyone with a sense of history. It is the birthplace of the Zulu clan and what is known as the Valley of the Kings. The Spirit of eMakhosini memorial and an educational multimedia centre are worth a visit, and there is also game, including the rare oribi antelope and black rhino.

Immerse yourself in the Zulu culture at a place like Shakaland and watch Zulu dancing, ask a sangoma (witch doctor) for his sage advice, sample traditional Zulu beer, listen to singing and perhaps try out a few simple phrases for yourself. Arts and crafts are also on sale and make wonderful gifts and souvenirs.

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