Fact sheet for Rorke's Drift Lodge


Size of property:

305 hectares (1000 acres) pristine bushveld and mountain.


Location:

Decimal co-ordinates 28° 21.619 South 30° 32.210 East
Lat: -28.360316° Lon: 30.536847°
Co-ordinates: 20° 21’ 37.16” South 30° 32’ 12.61” East
These co-ordinates take you to our gate at the bottom of the property.
altitude 1205m msl
Farm Shepleigh, District Msinga, kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Access to the property:

5km farm track access road off the P190 which is an untarred road best accessed from the R68. Visitors to the area are advised to hire rental cars with standard tyres and no low spoilers on the front of the cars.


Grading:

Rorke’s Drift Lodge is a 3 Star Graded Property


Environmental facts:

The property is an unofficial conservancy on which the naturally occurring game in the area have free access. Found on the property are Kudu, Impala, Mountain Rhebuck, Common Rhebuck, Blesbuck, Warthogs, Bush Pigs, Grey Duiker, Steenbuck, Leopard, Lynx, Cervals, Spotted Gennet, African Wildcat and approximately 130 species of birds including 5 raptors and a breeding pair of Ground Hornbills.


Green facts:

All water on the property is sourced from Springs. All water is treated as grey water and is returned into the soil via the filtration systems of Septic Tanks and French Drains.
Rubbish is separated into "edible" and inedible. Inedible rubbish is first burnt and then buried. Edible rubbish is Is fed into our worm farm that produces a very rich fertiliser that is in turn used in our gardens.
In order to reduce the carbon footprint the Lodge uses long-life bulbs as far as possible and even has solar lighting in certain areas. Gas is utilised for heating water and stoves in the kitchen. Electric Blankets are used on the beds instead of providing heaters. Invasive tree species are cut down and used for open fires in public areas.
Very little paper products are used, printing of correspondence is kept to a minimum and all excess paper is shredded and used as firestarters. A small vegetable garden has been started to reduce our requirements of fresh vegetable deliveries. Guests are encouraged to drink the spring water instead of using bottled water.


Lodge facilities – public areas

Safe open carports are available as parking at no extra cost for guests.
5 hectares of lawns surround the Lodge for guests to relax in.
All units are accessed from the gardens and guests are able to relax outside in relative seclusion..
All units have a view that stretches for 60km's into the distance over Zululand and guests can see Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift from the property.
There is a reception area housed in our curio/deli shop.
Guests can access the whole property in relative safety.


Communications

There is limited cell phone reception but it is not always reliable. There is a signal booster in place to improve signal.
There is a single landline to the property.
There are no telephones in the units.


Rooms:

Kubili is housed in a converted round building. There is a wooden deck outside on the upper level and entry is from the deck. The bedroom and the bathroom are on separate levels. The room houses a double bed with percale linen and an extra throw, cupboard, luggage rack, dressing table, chairs, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Towels and amenities are supplied. Electric blanket for winter and a fan for summer and block out curtains. The bathroom on the lower level has a very large shower with a rain shower head.  The lounge-cum-diningroom-cum-kitchenette is housed in a separate building at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the bedroom area. The kitchenette is fully equipped should the guest wish to self-cater. There is cable TV (DSTV) and a DVD player in the lounge.The couch in the lounge folds down into a double-bed and is therefore suitable for one adult  or two older children who do not mind sharing a bed. The unit has stupendous views over the valley and on the deck in front of the unit is a braai area as well as a firepit. There is outside furniture on the deck.

Kuhlanu has a view over the whole valley. It is a self contained unit with a bedroom and en-suite bathroom as well as a lounge-cum-diningroom-cum-kitchenette. The bathroom is very generous in proportions, has a large shower and the view can be enjoyed from the shower cubicle as well as the basin area. The lounge has a sleeper couch that opens into a double bed. The bedroom is a twin bedded room with percale sheeting and extra throws, electric blankets, cupboard, luggage rack, dressing table, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. There is a four seater table for dining as well as VCable TV (DSTV) and a DVD player. The kitchenette is well equipped for a guest who wishes to self cater. There is a small deck area as well as a “braai” area where guests can cook up their own feasts. This unit is suitable for guests who have up to two small children.

Kutatu our overflow room and cannot be booked on its own. However, should a party have more members than can be accommodated in the unit it can be added on as a separate second bedroom. It is a twin bedded room located next to the reception area and is at least 30 meters away from either Kuhlanu or Kubili. The twin beds have electric blankets and percale sheeting with extra throws. Two chairs, luggage rack, cupboard, dressing table, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The large bathroom houses a very generous shower with rainshower head. Towels and amenities are supplied. Ceiling fan for hot days and block out curtains for light as well as an eco heater for really cold days

Each unit is serviced and restocked twice a day.


Food:

Guests who do not wish to cater for themselves can order their food from our kitchens. The kitchens are open from 7am – 7pm and guests are given an a’la Carte menu to choose their meals from. As we are located very far from suppliers, guests wishing to make use of our kitchens are sent menus prior to arrival so that we can ensure that they are catered for. Orders for dinner are taken in the mornings. All meals are served in the unit’s diningroom area. The kitchens can also provide picnic lunches at an additional charge. We provide a comprehensive menu along with price lists in each unit for the guest’s convenience.


Staff:

Each unit has a Personal Lodge Assistant who is on call between 07h00 to 11h00 and 16h00 to 18h30 to service the units, set dinner tables and see to guest’s needs.


Community involvement:

Rorke's Drift Lodge has been mentoring a small group of youths in Rorke's Drift. The Rorke's Drift Cafe and Guided Tours was established four years ago and an agreement was reached with Amafa (the heritage body responsible for the running of the Rorke's Drift Museum and Battlefield). The two beneficiaries of this mentorship run the Museum Cafe and two of them are now fully accredited specialist battlefield tour guides


Activities

Horse Riding
We have a fully fledged stableyard with a good complement of well trained riding horses. We cater for both the experienced rider and a beginner (subject to certain conditions). Our horsemaster is well versed in all aspects of riding and is easily able to assess riding capability.
Battlefields on horseback is the prime activity but we also offer 3 other options for riding on the property at an additional charge.

Battlefield Tours – 2 options
1. Take a hop-on guide in your vehicle and visit both Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift with an accredited guide. This guide is a local Zulu guide who is well versed in English and is part of our mentorship programme.
2. An accredited story-teller guide will collect guests at the Lodge and take them to a selection of different Battlefields. There are 8 battlefields to choose from.

Hiking – in the footsteps of.......
Walk from Isandlwana to Fugitives Drift in the footsteps of Melville & Coghill.
Walk from Helpmekaar down to Rorke's Drift via Rorke's Drift Lodge.,
Walk from Rorke's Drift to Isandlwana along the original trail used in 1879.,

Walking
Guests can safely walk on the property. There are 2 options one which presents a one hour walk and another that offers a 3 – 5 hour walk.

Birding
Rorke's Drift Lodge offers serious birders many opportunities. Guided birding options are also available.


Other

All major credit cards accepted
Online availability and booking system (Nightsbridge).


Summary

305 ha property
5km farm track for access
5ha gardens
Views over Zululand
Self contained units with lounge/diningroom/kitchenette and bedroom/en-suite bathrooms
DSTV in each unit
Outside fire places
Meals served in each unit
A’la Carte menus
Lunch available on request
Breakfasts to order off our menu
Beverages available
Tea and coffee facilities in rooms
Showers only in bathrooms
Hairdryers
Electric Blankets
Ceiling Fans
Limited Cell phone reception
Laundry on request
Free parking under carports
All major credit cards accepted
Online booking and availability
No smoking establishment
Walking
Organised excursions
Birding
Horseriding
Guided Battlefield Tours