The Royal Country Inn
The Royal Country Inn in Dundee combines the benefits of modern accommodation
with an old-world charm. Situated in the heart of the battlefields, halfway
between Johannesburg and Durban, it is the ideal stopover for weary travelers
- a home-from-home with every comfort and amenity - as well as a convenient
base from which to explore the rich history of the surrounding area.
Originally known as the Royal Hotel, this inn was established in 1886, just
four years after the town of Dundee was founded by a Scottish coal miner
seeking his fortune and destiny. Together, Dundee and the Royal Hotel built on
their foundations, growing together, and today, the Royal Country Inn stands
proudly restored to its former glory. Proprietors, Daniel and Motz
Bezuidenhout, have been careful throughout its ongoing restoration not to lose
the original charm and historical ambience.
The Inn has a total of 26 bedrooms - 21 hotel rooms and 5 backpacker rooms. The hotel bedrooms all have en-suite bathrooms with showers, satellite TV and are fully serviced daily by a housekeeping staff. The downstairs bedrooms (all with wooden floors and beautifully preserved pressed iron ceilings) open onto a peaceful garden courtyard. From the hotel reception and lounge with magnificent parquet flooring, a sweeping staircase leads guests up to more rooms, some of which have been dedicated to the recipients of the Victoria Cross at the battle of Rorke's Drift. The backpacker rooms are sold at a cheaper rate - two very clean, communal bathrooms service the 5 backpacker bedrooms. They are comfortable, affordable accommodation for those travelling on a tighter budget.
The Inn also boasts one of the finest old-fashioned dining room restaurants, treating guests to an ever-changing menu of hearty meals and other edible delights. Enjoy tea and scones in one of courtyards, or if you prefer something a little stronger, join us for a drink at the resident pub - the Garrulous Griffin - dedicated to the 24th Welsh Regiment who fought so valiantly at the battle of Rorke's Drift. The Royal is the ideal place from which to explore the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer War battlefields, and is also in close proximity to the Drakensberg and the Itala Game Reserve.
Special packages are on offer for group tours. Battlefields Tour guides are also available and can be arranged by the hotel at no extra charge. A conference venue is on offer (maximum 50 to 60 delegates), with all equipment included and providing breakaway facilities.
Dundee attractions include a fine golf course, water sports, the Moth Shell hole and an excellent Museum at Talana. Zulu cultural experiences are also on offer in the area.
Other attractions in the surrounding area
The following are but a few in the endless list of things to do and see: The Battle of Blood River Heritage Site and the Ncome Museum; Isandlwana Battlefield; Rorke's Drift Museum and the site of the death of the Prince Imperial of France. You can also view San Bushmen paintings, Iron Age smelting sites, and enjoy a range of eco-tourism experiences such as numerous hiking trails and horse trails, bird watching, photographic safaris, mountain biking, abseiling and white water rafting. There are also many game reserves in the area such as the Weenen Game Reserve, the Spioenkop Nature Reserve, the Chelmsford Nature Reserve and Wagendrift Nature Reserve, among others. At Hattingspruit is the Tom Worthington Dam where you will find the Farmerís Brewery that brews traditional home-brewed German and Austrian beers.
Rates per room per night, specials, seasons, meals, children policy: on request
Contact & reservations:
1) you can e-mail us requesting information and/or rates
Reservations are only accepted in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Final availability confirmation: in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
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