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1, Isandlwana Road D30, Rorke's Drift 3016 South Africa
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#3 of 3 Specialty lodging in Rorke's Drift
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At Rorke's Drift on the Buffalo River the Hotel (estd 2011) commands scenic views acrpss the river to the hills of Zululand. Our open plan public building has impressive space to encompass lounge, dining and bar which lead from the welcoming reception. Fifteen ensuite double or twin rooms are in two separate circular buildings and each has its own small deck, and five single rooms are in addition. Guests often enjoy a short walk on arrival down to the river bank and more extensive routes from the hotel grounds are up the mountain behind us; across the river to Masotcheni (hill of the soldiers); to The Cliffs beauty spot or to the Rorke's Drift museum and battlesite. Isandlwana and Fugitive's Drift are just 25 and 15 minutes drive away, and Blood River an easy 45 minute journey.
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Free parking
Free breakfast
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Business Center with Internet Access
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Outdoor pool
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Breakfast buffet
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1, Isandlwana Road D30, Rorke's Drift 3016 South Africa
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William the travel writer wrote a review Nov 2020
United Kingdom2 contributions
This has to go down as one of the worlds Great Hotels for its position and architecture. The pioneering Englishman who built this hotel knew that it would endure in the memories of all who visit. Should your interest lie in the Battle field history or not you will never forget this Hotel. I was quite taken by the friendly stall and the relaxed atmosphere it truly feels like a home from home. The rooms remain lovely and cool due to the unique design so AC is not required.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Ask for a River View room, I stayed in Victoria R room in Fort 2. For the lower budget Courier...
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JMcC83F wrote a review May 2020
London, United Kingdom53 contributions31 helpful votes
Recommend booking ahead for a battlefields day tour with Paul, who is very knowledgeable and brought the history of the region to life. He also hosted us at all mealtimes and made us feel very welcome. We enjoyed the triangular tables for convivial dining with other guests. Very comfortable bed and good shower. No UK/SA plug adaptor in the room. Very friendly and helpful staff. The approach to the hotel is via miles of gravel roads, as with other battlefield sites in the area. Our Toyota saloon coped but in hindsight we wished we had hired an SUV.
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Date of stay: September 2019
111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA wrote a review Mar 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom5,630 contributions661 helpful votes
We stopped here as part of our private tour of the battlefields for lunch. Fine lunch, a la carte, cold beer, fabulous views of the buffalo river, excellent general facilities and a local artist who was painting a the historical battlefield site of Isandlwana. Friendly staff.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Deltablade wrote a review Mar 2020
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom456 contributions190 helpful votes
Fabulous 3 nt stay at RDH, our base to tour the battlefields at Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Blood River. Charles, the owner (who built the hotel in 2010) was charming and the perfect host ..entertained and dined with us. The hotel looks out on the Buffalo River and Zululand beyond, incredible views. Accommodation very comfortable, room was a generous size, sanitary equipment all worked perfectly, Quiet roof fan to keep you cool at night. The style, fittings, wall coverings, furniture, kitchen equipment all thought out with consideration and an eye for detail (and a bargain!) reflecting Charles’ personality. Location is off-road so careful navigation required on the approach; SUV recommended. Our guide Pat (Rundren) made the battles come to life with his humour and deep knowledge ..highly recommend him. A word also about the hotel staff. They were great and could not have been more polite or attentive. We even had our car washed every day without having asked ..a neat touch. So glad we booked here.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Clive G wrote a review Feb 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom19 contributions16 helpful votes
We arrived in the dark. However Charles (owner and host) made sure the night watchman was at the gates to let us in and he also made sure there was some dinner for us. The main hotel building is stunning with a vaulted ceiling, dining, reception sitting area, wrap around balcony and bar all in one space. The walls are clad with fabulous prints, paintings, articles all with a historical bias. The next morning the view from the balcony over the Buffalo River was superb as it was of course throughout our stay! We spent a day with Pat (our guide) being instructed on Zulu culture and the two battles. A trip not to be missed. This is not a posh hotel, just very homely with food and service to match. It even had its own resident artist (Charle’s cousin) over from England painting what, I am sure, will be a superb painting of the army camp on the other side of the river!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$174 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rorke's Drift Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Rorke's Drift Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Fugitive's Drift (4.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rorke's Drift Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Rorke's Drift Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rorke's Drift Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rorke's Drift Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Rorke's Drift Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Rorke's Drift Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Rorke's Drift Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Rorke's Drift.
Are pets allowed at Rorke's Drift Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Rorke's Drift Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Rorke's Drift Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Rorke's Drift Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.