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About Rorkes Drift Hotel

Rorke’s Drift Hotel overlooks a wide sweep of the Buffalo River on the slopes of Shiyane/The Oscarberg, in the rolling hills of Zululand. The historic crossing that gives the area its name is within our grounds and was the connection between the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.

Our comfortable modern facilities are priced to meet the needs of the discerning traveller who will enjoy peaceful relaxation in the rural landscape, surrounded by iconic history and natural countryside.

Visitors will be stunned by our position overlooking the Buffalo River, with its open views across the river towards Isandlwana, and by its architectural design that is a modern amalgam of Zulu and Victorian cultures. Arriving guests will see the array of the large round buildings that provide all the facilities for the hotel. The round style of the buildings with natural coloured finishes and their thatched roofs draws from the Zulu tradition, and the unique roof design provides spacious rooms and generous natural light. The extensive deck extends around the dining and lounge areas.

The accommodation/forts have open centres which give access to each of the double en-suite rooms. Here the traditional Zulu style is left on the outside while the décor and finishes in the centre are inspired by the Victorians. The furnishings of the rooms will reflect the era of the Victorian soldier, with each room named after a distinguished warrior of the campaign.

Covid Safety Approved: We have the great space in our public rooms so can offer guests as much as they want. Our generous room inventory allows us to leave rooms for two clear days between checkout and checkin so that any trace of infection will be time-expired (72hrs). .

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 17 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Hotel
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 4 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Covid Safety Approved
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
  • French
  • Russian


  • AA Highly Recommended
* Please enquire for further details.

Rorkes Drift Hotel Rooms

Reviews for Rorkes Drift Hotel

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David Wray, South Africa
09 October 2014

We wish we could have stayed longer at what s a beautiful spot well located for the Zulu battlefields. The evening meal was really good and made ore enjoyable by everybody sitting together and sharing experiences.

Joost den Butter, Netherlands
17 November 2013

Fantastic place to be and very close to main battlefields. Superb room!

Mark Abelson, South Africa
01 April 2013

Although a bit rustic this hotel has a beautiful location, clean comfortable beds and good food at a reasonable price.

Jane Seggie, South Africa
09 October 2011

Pleasant stay. Management and staff great! Beds very comfy. Food fair.

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Rorkes Drift Hotel is 0.8km from the centre of Rorkes Drift , the nearest airport 99.4km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling