Rorke's Drift Hotel Dundee

Rorke's Drift Hotel Dundee

About Rorke's Drift Hotel Dundee

Rorke's Drift Hotel

At Rorke’s Drift on the Buffalo River, Rorke’s Drift Hotel nestles below Shiyane Mountain. The views along and across the river are spectacular and full of interest, and gentle walks in our natural bush surroundings will revive and stimulate. The historic crossing which gives the area its name is within our grounds and of course there is the battlefield, just 5 minutes away, where 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded. The complementary battle of Isandlwana is a 15 minute drive. We are 35mins from Dundee and 20 mins from Nqutu.

Our comfortable modern facilities were completed in 2011 and are housed in an unique architectural design taken from the Zulu idiom, enclosing the spacious bar, lounge and dining areas with the soaring thatched roof and picture windows. Wifi is available. (download our brochure)

Our accommodation ‘Fort’ offers 7 double/twin ensuite rooms and we have four single ensuite rooms in the main building – our River Rooms. We also offer a suite at The Deanery, just beside the battlefield for those wishing an even closer encounter with history.

Visitors will be stunned by our position with open views of Zululand towards Isandlwana which are enriched by the history and the stories that you must hear from our deck. We offer a battlefield guiding service for our visitors so you may join a group or have individual attention to meet your wishes.

The stunning venue is available for conferences, weddings and special functions.



Payment Options

Bank Deposit (EFT)

Features of Rorke's Drift Hotel Dundee

  • Room / Unit Features
  • Bar Fridge In Room
  • En Suite Bathroom
  • Fan In Room
  • Hair Dryer In Room
  • Heater In Room
  • International Plug Point
  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen (fully Equipped)
  • No Smoking In Rooms
  • TV - DSTV
  • WiFi Hotspot
  • On Site Features
  • Bar (fully Licensed)
  • Breakfast : Continental
  • Breakfast : Full English
  • Business Facilities E.g. Photo Copying
  • Child Friendly (all Ages)
  • Childcare / Babysitting Service
  • Conference Facilities
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Dinner (prior Arrangement)
  • Garden
  • Gay Friendly
  • Guest Lounge
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Ice In Summer
  • Iron / Trouser Press Available
  • Laundry Service Available
  • Parking (off Street)
  • Pet Friendly (by Arrangement)
  • Picnic Baskets (by Arrangement)
  • Reception (business Hours Only)
  • Safe Deposit Box (at Reception)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking (non Indoors)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Area Features
  • Tour Assistance

Directions to Rorke's Drift Hotel Dundee

to be used with a map)




 GPS location:  28deg 20′.58S  30deg 32′.38E.

The two tar roads on either side of the location are the R33 and the R68 that run South and East from Dundee respectively. Depending on where you are coming from, there are several options to minimise the distance and to have a scenic and enjoyable journey.

1.      From Gauteng and the North-West; two options:- Take the N3 to Ladysmith and then on the N11 to Dundee  OR leave N3 at Heidleberg (S)and take the R23 to Standerton & Volksrust and then on the N11 to Dundee -  where you:-

C: Take the R33 to Greytown (right off Victoria street; aim for the silos) and after 14km you will see the sign to Rorke’s Drift on the left. This gravel road goes straight to us and after 25 mins you will see –

A:   the left turn to Isandlwana indicated; take this road and after 500m you will see the drive to the hotel on your right.

2.      From Vryheid, as you approach Dundee on the R33, and some 5km short of the town, take the left turn to Nqutu on the R68. After 22 km you will see signed Rorke’s Drift to the right. After 10 mins go left as indicated and after a further 10 mins you will see – as A


3.      From The Central and N Drakensberg  head for Ladysmith and through the town (better to pass up Murchison Street; take the first left after crossing the Klip River) and onto the N11 towards Newcastle and then right on  the R602 to Glencoe and Dundee. The Dundee route is popular and refer to C  above.

The more scenic route is to take the Helpmekaar Road at the robot as you leave the town and pass the Dunlop factory etc. Do not deviate from this road (40 mins) and you will arrive at the Helpmekaar ridge where you go left, and after about 6km

E     at Helpmekaar take the right turn marked Rorke’s Drift. You will descend

Knostrop Pass to the Buffalo valley and RD is signed Rt and follow - A


4.                  From the King ShakaAirport, Elephant Coast, Hluhulwe etc, head for Melmoth, take the R68 to Babanango and towards Nqutu. The shortest route is to take the Left signed to Isandlwana and the hill is visible from the tar road. Pass the battlefield (or visit!) and then after 8km take the first left turn down the hill (sign has been removed) to Rorke’s Drift which will lead you to the bridge over the Buffalo River:-

D -   cross the concrete bridge and you will see the Hotel on the left and the drive is 300m up the hill on the left.

With less gravel road but slightly longer, go through Nqutu (fuel available) and after 5km take the Left turn indicated St Augustine and follow this gravel road which only has one junction on it where you keep left signed Zakenhi Rd, with the Shiyane mountain in front of you. This road joins the main gravel just above the bridge over the Buffalo (Mzinyathi) River and follow D.


5.                  From S Drakensberg, Pietermaritzburg and Durban there are two options:-

5.1       via Greytown, Tugela Ferry (Msinga) and Pomeroy on the R33 to the Helpmekaar Ridge where you take the right turn at Helpmekaar  marked Rorke’s Drift per E

5.2       via the N3 past Estcourt to the exit to Colenso & Bergville. Go through Colenso and after crossing the Tugela River, take the right turn signed to Ezakheni and Newcastle. After the railway bridge the road goes left and past the factory area and eventually will arrive at a Tee junction where you take the Right turn on the  Helpmekaar Road. Follow E above.

OR you can go through Ladysmith per 3.                                                      

[NB the GPS is an aid to navigation but the default routing is not correct for RDH so pls use our directions]

Please note that there is also a Rorke’s Drift Lodge which is nowhere near the river, and you should look for the HOTEL.



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Rates at Rorke's Drift Hotel Dundee

Rorke’s Drift Hotel  -  ACCOMMODATION RATES    2013 & 2014

All overnight rates include half board of Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Recommended minimum stay two nights

Accommodation Rates 2013                 From 1st  November 2012 to 31st October 2013

Twin or Double ensuite room, per person sharing                                      R 880*

Single Occupancy of room as above                                                                         R 1185*

King Rooms, per room, (max two persons)                                                  R 2370*

River Room single Occupancy, ensuite                                                        R 645


Accommodation Rates 2014                 From 1st  November 2013 to 31st October 2014

Twin or Double ensuite room, per person sharing                                      R 940*

Single Occupancy of room as above                                                                         R 1260*

King Rooms, per room, (max two persons)                                                  R 2520*

River Room single Occupancy, ensuite                                                        R 690


TERMS:           *Third and subsequent night 25% reduction.           Children 12 & under - half price; and specials for family groups.

STO discount and guide/driver rates, group rates – on application (one discount )

Battlefield visits and excursions are readily available with guides if required.


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 or call 0027 34 6421 760 and cell (++27) 079 0905252 if land lines are down.  

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Contact: Charles Aikenhead
Landline: 034 642 1760
Mobile: 074 259 2663
Fax: 034 642 1761
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Rorke's Drift 3016, KwaZulu Natal

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Rates may vary and reduced rates may apply to additional persons. All rates are indicative only, may be seasonal and are subject to change without notice.



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