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“Rorke's Drift Lodge 2011” 5 of 5 stars
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Rorke's Drift Lodge
off the P195, Rorke's Drift 3016, South Africa   |  
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Rorke's Drift Lodge 2011”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

We spent 2 nights at Rorke's Drift Lodge as a base to visit the local battlefield sites. The access track from the highway was a bit of an adventure and we were glad to be travelling in a vehicle with reasonable ground clearance. However, the remote location of the lodge is ideallic with tremendous views of the surrounding countryside. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the accommodation comfortable and clean. The meals deserve a special mention being based on local dishes but prepared with a touch of haute cuisine - delicious. Recommended.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Vienna, Austria
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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

My son (21) and I spend two nights at Rorke's Drift Lodge. We drove from Johannesburg airport and arrived after a 5 hour drive at the lodge without any problems (the acess track is bumpy and higher clearance certainly helpful).

The lodge grounds are very well kept and provide a tranquil oasis with great views in a remote part of KwaZulu-Natal. Christine and her team are very friendly and helpful in every respect. Food (and wine) are very good, prepared with care and attention to detail.

We went on an extended battlefield tour with Paul Garner the next morning - cooperation between the lodge team and guide well organised (although packed lunch could have been somewhat lighter fare).

Best experience was having evening drinks on the terrace with a view of the Isandlwana battlefield in the distance. A very nice touch was the open fire lit in front of the terrace. The lodge also has small but well sorted library, dedicated primarily to history of Zululand and South Africa.

Why does Rorke's Drift Lodge not get an "Excellent" rating from me ? Our room was certainly acceptable in such a remote part of the country, but did not live up to the standard of the rest of the lodge (and the price level). It was dark, view of the back of the parking lot, sanitary installations somewhat run down and strange (toilet placed in front of the large window).

We would definitely like to return, but would certainly be more diligent in the choice of room next time.

There are essen

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

With friends and family - a superb location to find a special part of South Africa. Not difficult to get to - just a little effort with dramatic and worthwhile results. Accomodation was excellent,food outstanding and creative and the staff a pleasure. Set on the side of a mountain remote enough to feel extra special and exclusive. Views from the Lodge are never to be forgotten .

Room Tip: All but one room has a view of the valley and the battlefields. All very quiet and secluded
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights in November as the base to see Rorke's Drift (the film Zulu with Michael Caine).

I will start with a quick word of caution, this hotel is 3 miles up a very bumpy track, you may find this difficult in a medium or large saloon car. Whilst you don't need 4wd drive the ground clearance is useful or a short wheel based car is ok, which the owners drive.

However, don't let this put you off because it is worth it when you get there and for a nominal charge the hotel can ferry you up and down the track and leave your car at the bottom.

We received a warm welcome on arrival from the owners daughter who now runs the lodge with some help from her husband, a former game park ranger.

This was a recurring theme with nothing being too much trouble, from dealing with left items at our previous hotel to giving us fuel for the car because we had run out. Someone was always there and willing to help.

Our party had two rooms, one a single story self contained lodge separate from the main lodge. The room was clean and tastefully furnished with separate bathroom and outside terrace. The view from the bathroom (and terrace) were amazing overlooking the Buffalo river valley and Isandlwana in the distance plus they were East facing for great sunrises.

The second room was also separate from the main lodge and was built on two levels. There was a short stairway up to the door with a small outside terrace also looking out Eastwards. The bathroom in this room was downstairs down a tight and steep spiral staircase, if you are slightly immobile or need numerous bathroom trips I wouldn't recommend this room but otherwise it was again clean and well furnished.

Dinner is included (it's a long way to anywhere from here), if you are expecting fine dining then you will be disappointed. What you do get is proper South African food and recipes cooked by local people. The dinners were tasteful, extremely well cooked and beautifully presented.

We really enjoyed our short stay here, it is such a beautiful and tranquil location with great views complimented by wonderful hosts.

If you want to visit the area I can definitely recommend Rorke's Drift Lodge.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Epsom, Surrey, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

Booked on a recommendation and we were delighted with every aspect (well the radio in the Kitchen was a bit loud and omni-present, but hey-ho). Our Room (Kubili) was fabulous, stylish and beatifully appointed, but not for anyone with mobility issues - stairs to bathroom downstairs are very steep. Food excellent. Decore and furnishings clearly reveal a degree of taste not encountered to often in Lodges - an Artist lurks in these parts, and a very good one at that. Setting - gorgeous. Sadly at 37C and a bit hazy at this time of year the view was slightly impaired. A few storm clouds threatened and on one day, we had some very very low cloud - sat on Isandlwana Battlefield shivering !! Super walks birding (lost track of how many Species we saw and heard within the grounds) and one early stroll up the hill behind the Lodge. Fascinating stories of Blood River, and Battles of Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift - lost of myths exposed (Pay the money and take a Private Guide - far better value and more personal and interesting). Most enlightening too. 3 Dogs are omnipresent, but soft, playful and very friendly - 2 joined us for our walk. The drive is both long (almost 5 kms) and wickedly rough - you don't need a 4WD or a 2x4, as we had a Toyota Camry (awful thing), but with care it did not come to any harm. Strongly commend arrival is during daylight, besides sunset is quite stunning. We drove for miles to get here (from Pilgrim's Rest in Draks) and at 500+ kms, it really was far too far (my fault). Beware the N 11 has some significant roadworks (20 min delays waiting for the lights to change ie), so allow extra time, particularly North of Newcastle, Volkrust up to Carolina. I would expect this to be a pertinent observation, based on the extent of the works, for about 2 years.

Room Tip: Kubili - IF you're a fit, mobile and a romantic couple, who like peace and quiet
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

A really lovely lodge - both the suite for my wife and I (within the main lodge) and the suite our friends stayed in (separate from the main Lodge) were quite excellent. The food was outstanding, innovative, beautifully cooked and presented - a real treat, especially as it contained some traditional South African dishes - so difficult to find in so many hotels and restaurants these days.

The drive to the Lodge is a bit daunting at times and, as the Notice says, noplace for low-slung vehicles, so leave Ferraris and Porsches at the Gate! Our hire car managed well enough, so the drive up from Rorke's Drift is well worth the effort.

Room Tip: Talk to Christine, but what we saw were all good.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

This was a weekend stop-over on a business trip to South Africa. It was quite superb. I had always wanted to go to Rorkes Drift after seeing Zulu as a boy. I was not disappointed with the trip. The accommodation is in a former farm, up a long rough track. 4WD is advisible. Once there the surroundings are beautiful with a great vista over Natal towards Rorkes Drift and the rock of Isandlwana in the distance. The accommodation first class. It is like a house party. Everyone there during my visit was there for one reason - to realise a childhood dream to see the Zulu War battlefields, so this made for common interest. Meals are served together round a large table. Excellent food, great wine available from the bar and the other guests made this genuinely enjoyable. The bedroom suite I had was supremely comfortable.

I had no time for horse riding but did take advantage of a guided early morning walk around the estate. This was well-worth doing. The highlight of the trip was the trip out to Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift with Paul Garner. He is recommended by the lodge and although more expensive at face value than other guides, he charges by the trip so we spread the cost across all those going with him that day in his vehicle. There were 7 of us from the lodge that day. He is a natural raconteur and highly knowledgeable. He'd be worth paying the cost if you were on your own. On a second day I went with Anthony Coleman to Blood River, and included the site where the Prince Imperial died. A different kind of trip but highly recommended.

Take advantage of the offer of a packed lunch. You won't find much opportunity to buy food anywhere else locally.

Room Tip: I was booking soon before arrival and only a suite was available. This was extremely comfortable bu...
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: off the P195, Rorke's Drift 3016, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Rorke's Drift
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Rorke's Drift
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rorke's Drift Lodge is perched above the Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana Battlefields where the mighty Zulu and British Empire came to blows in 1879. The Lodge caters to the historical enthusiast looking to immerse themselves in poignant tales of yesteryear. World class guided tours coupled with friendly South African hospitality,superb food and a taste of the African Bush make this an experience to remember forever. ... more   less 
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