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.

Isibindi Zulu Lodge, Rorke's Drift, Battlefields, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Directions to Isibindi Zulu Lodge

From Johannesburg (approximately 4 1/2 – 5 1/2 hours)
Take the N3 highway out of Johannesburg to Durban. Pass Heidelberg and take the second off ramp to Villiers, this is just before the tollgate (marked R26/R103). Turn left and then right onto the R103. Stay on this road, then take the turn off to Vrede R34. Just before Vrede you turn right at a junction which will keep you on the R34. Continue straight on this road bypassing the turnoff to the residential part of Vrede. This will take you past Memel and towards Newcastle. Go past Newcastle and follow the signs to Ladysmith / Dundee (N11). After approximately 20kms, turn left towards Dannhauser on the R621. At the crossroads, Dannhauser Bridge is on your right and a Shell service station is directly in front of you. Turn left to Dundee, still following the R621. At the next T-junction, turn left again onto the R68 to Dundee.

Pass through Dundee, entering the town Karel Landman Street, then turn left at the traffic circle (round-a-bout) into Victoria Street. At the second robot (traffic light), turn right where the road forks. Take the left fork (there is a BP station on your left). This is the R33 to Greytown. Travel approximately 45km on this tarred road. You will pass 2 x Rorke’s Drift signs along the way – ignore them! When you see the iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve sign and the Elandskraal sign on your left, turn left onto the dirt road. Continue on this dirt road for approximately 14km. Once you have passed a stone church and cemetery on your left, turn left to Rorke’s Drift. If you pass a Zulu trading store on your right, you have GONE TOO FAR!

After approximately 6km you will see the iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve sign on your left – a few metres further you will see a large black gate indicating the entrance on the right. Press the buzzer and Reception will open the automatic gate for you. Follow the dirt track all the way to the top of the “koppie” or hill, where you will see the parking area on your left.

From Durban (approximately 4 – 5 1/2 hours)
Take the N3 out of Durban to Pietermaritzburg/Harrismith. Once in the Pietermaritzburg area, go past the Durban off-ramp and take the Church Street / Greytown R33 off ramp. Head towards Greytown, following the R33 past Albert Falls Dam, through New Hanover and Seven Oaks. Pass straight through Greytown and head towards Dundee, following the R33. You will pass through Keate’s Drift, Tugela Ferry and Pomeroy. We suggest you do this trip by daylight as the route is poorly lit, the road is steep and winding and there may be stray animals on the road.

Approximately 11kms after Pomeroy when you see the iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve and the Elandskraal sign on your left, turn right onto the dirt road. Continue along this road for approximately 14kms. Once you have passed a stone church and cemetery on your left, turn left to Rorke’s Drift. If you pass a Zulu trading store on your right, you have GONE TOO FAR!

After approximately 6km you will see the iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve sign on your left – a few metres further you will see a large black gate indicating the entrance on the right. Press the buzzer and Reception will open the automatic gate for you. Follow the dirt track all the way to the top of the “koppie” or hill, where you will see the parking area on your left.

Alternatively, from Durban take the N3 to Ladysmith. See above directions from Johannesburg, however read from line 4 (but turn right, not left off the N11 towards Dannhauser / Dundee) and continue as per directions.

Activities

  • 4x4 trails
  • Bird watching
  • Clay pidgeon shooting
  • Climbing (mountain / rock)
  • Cultural experiences
  • Fishing
  • Galleries / museums
  • Game viewing
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Swimming
  • Township tours

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