About Rorke's Drift Lodge
Rorke’s Drift, a place of pilgrimage, a place of history, a place of culture and a place where bloody battles were won and lost. These are the reasons why visitors return to Rorke’s Drift year after year. But, what lies hidden around Rorke’s Drift is far more than just a historical site.
Rorke’s Drift Lodge lies a mere five kilometres from the actual battlefield of Rorke’s Drift and is an unspoilt treasure hidden in amongst a world of progress. The 5km farm track up to the Lodge ensures that vehicles have to travel at a sedate 20km per hour and ensures that the property maintains its rare and tranquil seclusion. No traffic noise interrupts the singing of the birds and beetles and perfect stillness pervades the night.
Rorke’s Drift Lodge has 3 self catering units, each with a fully fitted kitchenette, lounge area, braai area and outdoor seating area with a firepit and free parking. There is a 4th en-suite room that can be booked along with any one of the 3 self catering units for larger parties.
Kubili (number two in Zulu):
Originally a water reservoir for cooling the power plant in the good old days. It now has a wonderful wooden deck that is practically nestled in the branches of a gigantic indigenous fig tree and many a guest has been surprised by the Spotted Eagle Owl that sometimes hangs about in its branches at night. Added to this is a very comfortable lounge-cum-diningroom-cum-kitchenette that has been stocked with all the bells and whistles needed for a self-catering stay. The lounge area has DSTV (cable TV) as well as a DVD player. There is a sleeper couch in the lounge suitable for a third person to join the party or perhaps two older children who do not mind sleeping in a double bed. However, as the lounge is separate from the bedroom section of the unit it is not suitable for small children. The bedroom is located on a different level from the lounge and is the only room with a double bed. A spiral staircase takes you down onto the lower level where the bathroom, reminiscent of Roman Bathhouse proportions, can be found.
Kuhlanu (number five in Zulu):
Houses a twin bedded room of spacious proportions, an inviting lounge that has a sleeper couch that sneakily folds out into a very comfortable double bed and a magnificently spacious bathroom that has two picture windows that frame the view in the distance perfectly, and, as with the rest of the Lodge, we have ensured that the shower affords the guest a very comfortable bathing experience. The lounge also has a diningroom-cum-kitchenette that is fully equipped for our guests to cater for themselves, should they so wish.To top off the experience, there is a small private deck area for the guest to take in the view and savour the African experience. Added to this, located right next to the unit is a “braai” area where the self catering guest can whip up a feast or should the guest be ordering their food from our kitchens, the views of Zululand can be savoured while quaffing their sundowners in the great outdoors. Should the guest have small children who need to sleep nearby then this unit is the most suitable choice.
Kutatu (number three in Zulu):
Cannot be booked on its own and can only booked in conjunction with either Kubili or Kuhlanu. The room is located next to the reception area and is a twin bedded room that has a view of our gardens. The spacious en-suite bathroom has a shower. This room is suitable for additional adult guests to make up a party or for children who are happy sleeping in a different room from their parents. We consider this our overflow room.
KUNE - Our family suite:
Kune (Zulu for the number four) is located in our Main building and has views of the gardens and the mountain on which the property is situated. The bedroom of the unit is a sunny, spacious room with a double bed and a single bed. The lounge area is located inside the unit and has a second single bed along with a couch and satellite TV. The kitchenette is at the front of the unit and leads out onto a private barbecue (braai) area that has a table and chairs for alfresco dining. The kitchenette is fully equipped with a table and chairs, fridge, microwave, two plate stove with small oven and crockery, cutlery, and pots and pans. The private bathroom is located at the back of the unit and has a separate toilet, shower and basin which makes it ideal for a family of up to 4 persons.
Guests have the choice of either self catering or ordering in their dinners and breakfasts from our kitchens. We offer a limited a’la carte menu that is sent to our guests prior to their arrival.
Cell phone reception is not good at the Lodge but we have had a signal booster put in place to try to improve the situation. The Internet is available in the Main Lodge and we also accept all major credit cards. Parking is in the Lodge grounds and cars are perfectly safe.
The Lodge grounds are a mighty 1000 acres of natural garden. A small, private conservancy where animals are left to roam at will. Kudu, Rhebuck, Grey Duiker, Blesbuck, Warthogs, Bushpigs, Porcupines, Leopard, Lynx, Servals, Spotted Gennets, African Wildcats and the Blackback Jackal roam freely on the property and can be spotted by the patient viewer. 120 species of birds have been spotted in the Lodge grounds and birding enthusiasts can expect to see a quick flash of blue and brown as a Paradise Flycatcher flits around. A few very lucky guests have seen our breeding flock of Ground Hornbills who have religiously produced a chick every year for the past four years.
Guests should take into account that we do accommodate children of all ages but that the property cannot be considered “child friendly”. The terrain of the Lodge is mountainous and all kinds of wildlife are free to roam on the property. There are also large dogs on the property for security purposes.
Attractions and Activities
We offer guided tours to the battlefields with our inhouse guide or with other local guides depending on the availability of the guides.
We also offer Guided Birding Walks (early morning) with our FAGASA qualified guide. Summer is the best time for this activity.
We have a stable of 10 horses and guests of all riding abilities can participate. The rides take place on our 305ha property and the best time for this activity is early morning.
We are also able to organize fishing day trips for those who are interested.
To get to Rorke’s Drift you need to drive on 31kms of dirt road before getting to the property. The last 5kms is a farm track and not suitable for low slung cars with low profile tyres.