Rorkes Drift Lodge Rorkes Drift Bed & Breakfast or Self-catering, Battlefields
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Rorke's Drift Lodge is a highly recommended B&B with self catering option, providing accommodation in Rorkes Drift for tourists visiting the Battlefields region.

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.

The Chalets

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.

Private Conservancy

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.

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.

Please Note:
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.

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Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • DVD player
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (with M-Net)
  • Television (with satellite)
  • Video player

On Site

  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Smoking: none indoors

Food & Drink

  • Bar (honesty bar)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee


  • Tour assistance
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Kubili Unit (Luxury Chalet)

Most unique unit, offering sweeping views of the battlefields. Fully equipped kitchen and outside BBQ facility. Lounge has Satellite TV. Separate double storey main bedroom with double bed and downstairs bathroom. Spiral staircase down to bathroom.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Kuhlanu Unit (DeLuxe Chalet)

Our prime unit, offering sweeping views of the battlefields. Fully equipped kitchen and outside BBQ facility. Main bedroom offers two single beds. Lounge has Satellite TV.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Kune Family Unit (Superior Chalet)

Family unit with a garden view. Fully equipped kitchen with fireplace, outside area with BBQ facilites. Lounge offers Satellite TV and additional single day bed for 4th person. Main bedroom offers a double bed with additional single bed.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

Kutatu Unit (Twin Chalet)

Kutatu is a twin bed chalet with en-suite luxury shower adjoining the Main Lodge and offers outside sitting area with a garden view and BBQ area. Fully equipped kitchenette/lounge area with Satellite TV.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Guest Reviews

2 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

We drove here from the east coast via Melmoth and found the directions given on the website very clear and straightforward, although a SatNav with the co-ordinates set made our navigation simpler. After turning off the main road the signs to Rorke's Drift Lodge were clearly posted and repeated along the route. The dirt access road was easy to travel but attention needed to be paid to bumps and hollows. We were given a warm welcome and a comprehensive tour of our accommodation by Shane. We found our Lodge, Kubili, to be very clean, comfortable and well equipped. In addition to complementary teas, coffee, milk etc, the fridge and a wine rack also contained a thoughtful, wide selection of soft and alcoholic drinks to purchase. Toiletries, tissues and a hair dryer were provided, as was a TV with a range of channels. The owners appeared to have applied their own experiences of travelling to ensure a quality stay for their guests. They and their members of staff were friendly, considerate and helpful. The dogs and cats were lovely and extremely well behaved. Max, the larger of the dogs, accompanied and guided us on a walk around the grounds during which we saw a large herd of impala, lots of interesting birds and a mole. There was also a variety of birds around the lodges and every evening an antelope grazed amongst the horses or the grass in front of Kubili. We joined Paul for a comprehensive, informative and enjoyable day's tour of The Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift Battle fields and completed the evening with a most enjoyable meal cooked by the kitchen staff. Rorke's Drift Lodge is in a beautiful setting with rocks and hills behind and views over grass, grazing horses, trees and shrubs to the distant mountains in front. We found it a great place to chill out and relax and particularly enjoyed sitting on the deck at 5:30 am drinking tea, admiring the view, listening to the birds and being warmed by the sun. So tranquil and peaceful.

February 2017

M Dale (Hastings UK)

Verified reviewexcellent

The Lodge has been rated as 4 stars, but I would give it 5 !!! I couldn't fault this place, everything was perfect. Upon arrival, we were greated by one of the staff members as we were unpacking our car. She then helped carry our belongings to our room. A free "welcome" drink was then presented, along with a walk through the facilities & explanation of how dining, bar drinks etc would be catered for. We were asked if we had any special dining needs (food dislikes/alergies). They have a guests lounge room in the main section of the building, where you can read the many reference books dealing with the history of the area. There you can also have a gratus tea or coffee ... or help yourself to the honesty bar provided. Before dinner we enjoyed a very social drink with one of the staff, and had the chance to meet the other guests (There are only 4 rooms in the lodge, so you can get to know the others quite well ... if that's your preference). Dinner was excellent. It was a 3 course meal, beautifully presented & just as good to the palet. A wide selection of hot food/cerial/tea & coffee was available for breakfast. Breakfast time was set to OUR schedule, & Dinner & Breakfast were included in the total cost of the booking. The room we had was superb. Heaps of space, large bathroom & with all the trimmings of a luxury resort. Upon leaving, we were presented with a "going away" gift of bottled water & a snack. Before we left, the staff even washed our car ... at no charge !!! I was very impressed with this lodge. Being an International airline pilot, I live in nice hotels all the time. But I can assure you that this place wins hands down. This place has a wonderful atmosphere - wonderful location, friendly staff & I absolutely loved it !!!!

October 2010

James Walley (Sydney, Australia)

Need to Know

Response timeRorke's Drift Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome by prior arrangment. Property cannot be considered "child friendly". Large dogs on property.

Closest airport(s)Durban International - 350km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 15h00 to 19h00
Check-out by 10h00

Check in times strictly between 15h00 and 19h00. Gates are locked after 19h00.

Payment methods accepted by the propertyMastercard, Visa, American Express, Diners, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since December 2009

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