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.
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.
We visited this hotel for one night only as part of a motorcycling holiday. Its the usual story I'm afraid of wishing we could stay longer but not having the time.
The hotel is absolutely stunning. There's no doubt about that. The buildings are modelled on traditional African rondavel huts with the main building serving as the reception, dining and bar areas. The accommodation is situated in two further rondavels housing about six suites each.
The hotel actually overlooks Rorkes Drift which is a crossing in the river and not the site of the battle which is located at the mission station a few hundred yards up the dirt road.
The views from any of the buildings, but especially from the balcony of the main building, are nothing short of breathtaking. I wouldn't have thought they have changed to any massive degree since the battle in 1879 so it's easy to imagine the events from that time all those years ago.
Pre dinner drinks were served in the well stocked bar by the hotel manager and his assistant. He is fantastically knowledgeable about the history of the area and it was great to sit and listen to the stories both at the bar and at the dinner table where we were joined by a Soith African and their tour guide. We learned so much that night.
Dinner was buffet style and basically a set menu. This is normally a no no for me. However this turned out to be the best food we had while we were over there. And that's saying something as we didn't have a bad meal the whole holiday.
The accommodation is lovely with large clean well laid out rooms and quality furniture and fixtures. Even down to the buckskin rugs!
The rooms are open to the thatched roofs which keeps them nice and cool. Unfortunately a side effect of that is that the thatch becomes home to a lot of creatures. Especially spiders. Mostly very fast flat water spiders of which there were about eight of on the inside walls at one point. They didn't bother me but my wife wasn't too happy. She actually coped quite well once she realised they were happy to keep themselves to themselves. Worth bearing in mind if you suffer with arachnophobia!
Our room had a balcony overlooking the river. We sat there with a glass of wine watching the sunset, which occurs surprisingly early (to me anyway) in this part of this world, before going for dinner.
After dinner we returned to the same spot with a different bottle of wine just to sit, talk, watch the stars and listen to the African night sounds. It was truly magical and will stay with us forever.
Something else that will stay with us forever is waking up at 3:30 in the morning and listening to the feint sound of Zulu drums coming from one of the surrounding villages. I thought it was kicking off all over again.
It has to be said that it's a bit of an effort to get to the hotel. Especially two up on a bloody big motorbike. In fact it's about twenty miles of unmade rock hard corrugated roads.
It's definitely worth it though!
We were introduced to Rorkes Drift Hotel by an old friend who had kindly offered to act as our guide around the battlefield sites linked to the area. We arrived at Rorkes Drift Hotel and were greeted by the charming owner.Our room was tremendous very spacious and comfortable with breathtaking views over the Buffolo River. Food, company and service first class.On leaving we both felt a sense of sadness that we were unable to stay a little longer.
We stayed here for 4 nights. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Charles, the owner, was ever present and always helpful. He is especially knowledgeable on the Anglo Zulu war battles and gave us a great introduction before we visited the battlefields. The rooms are comfortable. The location is fantastic, overlooking Rorkes Drift itself with great views into Zululand. The food is excellent and Charles decides the menu each day to suit his guests. And every morning when we emerged from our room our car had been washed! Highly recommended.