In the 'hood, Rorkes Drift as a destination

Rorke’s Drift, 46 kilometres southeast of Dundee, describes a natural crossing presented by a rocky outcrop that allows one to cross the Buffalo River on foot. To give one an idea of its significance, just 4 kilometres down from the drift the river enters a gorge and from here there is no easy crossing until it joins up with the Tugela River. Rorke’s Drift thus provides an easy route from the ... cont.

West Kirby Farm, D31, Rorke's Drift, Dundee Rural Area, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Directions to Fugitives' Drift Guest House

Take the N3 highway south towards Durban for about 1½ hours. Cross the Vaal River and just before the Wilge Toll Plaza, turn off the N3 onto the R103 and head towards WARDEN. After about 60km, turn left onto the R34 towards VREDE. After about 15km, just before the town of Vrede, turn right on the R34 towards MEMEL and NEWCASTLE. (Be very careful of potholes for 16km between Memel and the top of Botha’s pass on the R34). Go through Newcastle and turn right onto the LADYSMITH road (N11). After 16km take the R621 to Dannhauser, Hattingspruit and Dundee. In Dundee, at the 4th traffic light (in the main street) turn right on the R33 towards Greytown. The signboard is on the left of the road. Then after 14km turn left onto dirt to RORKE’S DRIFT, drive for 29km to Rorke’s Drift. Go beyond Rorke’s Drift for 3km and turn left onto the D31 signed Fugitives’ Drift. Go along this road for 7km through the big black gate until you see signs for the Lodge and Guest House, on the right. (Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm).

Take the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg and take the Greytown/Church Street glide-off and follow the R33 to Greytown for 70km. In Greytown follow signs to Dundee. Continue along the R33 through Keates Drift, Tugela Ferry and Pomeroy. Please be aware of speed humps and potholes. 10km after Pomeroy take the dirt road turnoff to the right, marked Elandskraal (and Isibindi and Camp Buffalo signage). At Elandskraal (which consists of a church and a trading store) turn left to Rorke’s Drift. Go for about 14km and before you get to Rorke’s Drift turn right onto the D31, sign posted Fugitives’ Drift. Go for about 7km (through the big black gates) and follow the signs for the Guest House or the Lodge. (Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm).

Alternative route from Durban is via Mooi River, Colenso, Ladysmith and Dundee. In Dundee take the R33 towards Greytown and follow the directions as from Johannesburg above.

From Empangeni take the R34 inland to Melmoth, then the R68 to Babanango (beware of potholes) and Nqutu. 40km from Babanango (13km before Nqutu) take the turn-off to the left, marked Isandlwana. Follow this gravel road past the Isandlwana Battlefield for 9km, then turn left onto the D30 and follow signs to Rorke’s Drift. Turn left at the T-junction to Rorke’s Drift. Go 3km beyond Rorke’s Drift and turn left onto D31, marked Fugitives’ Drift. Follow this dirt road, go through big black gates and follow the signs for the Guest House and the Lodge. (Please note that the gate is locked at 6pm).

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