Durban and KwaZulu-Natal Sights

Rorke's Drift

  • Rorke's Drift Rd., off the R68 Map It
  • Rorke's Drift
  • Military Site

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's Review

This is by far the best of the Zulu War battlefields to see without a guide. An excellent small museum and orientation center retells the story of the battle, with electronic diagrams, battle sounds, and dioramas. The British force at Rorke's Drift consisted of just 140 men, of whom 35 were ailing or wounded. They occupied a Swedish mission church and house, which had been converted into a storehouse and hospital. The Zulu forces numbered some 3,000–4,000 men, composed of the reserve regiments from the earlier battle of Isandlwana. When a survivor from Isandlwana sounded the warning at 3:15 pm, the tiny British force hastily erected a stockade of flour bags and biscuit boxes around the mission. The Zulus attacked 75 minutes later, and the fighting raged for 12 hours before the Zulus faltered and retreated. A record number of 11 Victoria Crosses (Britain's highest military honour) were awarded at Rorke's Drift.

Sight Information


Rorke's Drift Rd., off the R68, Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu Natal, 3016, South Africa

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Sight Details:

  • R15
  • Weekdays 8–4, weekends 9–4

Published 03/07/2016


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