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About Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated within the 4000 acre Isibindi Eco-Reserve which offers diverse habitats ranging from montane grassland and valley thornveld to riverine forests. The reserve is home to abundant indigenous game, morning and evening game drives are offered and there is excellent bird watching. It is also quite safe to walk or take a picnic along one of the meandering river beds and view Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, etc.

ACCOMMODATION

The 12 bed Lodge is a peaceful bushveld retreat with accommodation designed in an architectural celebration of the Zulu nation. Architecturally inspired by the traditional Zulu beehive shape, the beehive suites offer panoramic views of the game reserve and its diverse habitats ranging from montane grassland to riverine forests. Each Beehive suite has its own viewing deck overlooking the game reserve and the surrounding hills like Rorke's Drift. All rooms are en-suite with separate bath and spacious shower.

Honeymoon Suite
The Honeymoon suite, comanding views of a particularly game rich area of the reserve, has a romantic sunken stone bath. The rooms are individually set along the ridge ensuring ones privacy in this tranquil environment.

MAIN LODGE FACILITIES

The main lodge set amongst huge Buffalo Thorn Trees and dolorite boulders boasts a homely lounge with a large fireplace, a library, a unique bar carved out of a Wait-a-Bit Thorn Tree, a swimming pool with a view and spacious verandah. The privately set swimming pool has breathtaking views over the game reserve. Guests gather around the bar in the evenings to recall the days safari on the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields or a game walk on the game reserve.

DINING

Isibindi Zulu Lodge takes pride in its cuisine and has developed a reputation for its unique presentation of South African Fair. Breakfasts and lunches are either served al fresco at the swimming pool or on the verandah.

Picnics can also be arranged for guests wishing to picnic on the reserve. Bush breakfasts can also be provided with prior arrangement; this will consist of a game drive with a break somewhere in the bush to enjoy a breakfast cooked to order.

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES

Isibindi Zulu Lodge is a peaceful bushveld retreat with accommodation designed in an architectural celebration of the Zulu nation. It offers a host of activities for those wanting to experience a combination of gameviewing, battlefields and Zulu cultural experiences.

Isibindi Zulu Lodge is a stone's throw away from the historically momentous Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Isandlwana where Zulu and British clashed in a devastating battle which had enormous consequences for the Zulu people. The battlefield tour starts at Isandlwana, where the greatest defeat in British colonial history took place. The events of Rorke's Drift (the battle proceeded from Isandlwana to Rorke's Drift later in the day) are described, as well as a short tour of the museum.

A Zulu Boma Dinner begins just as the sun starts setting, casting the hills in soft golden light. Guests are led down a narrow path to the beat of drums. As one emerges into a clearing coming across a historical Zulu umuzi (village) the dancing bodies of Zulu children make for a profound experience. The traditional dances and their role in Zulu history and culture is explained amid the energetic displays.

Zulu Homestead Visit
This is a full day trip departing after breakfast. We head off to Elandskraal Store first, which is a traditional Zulu trading store where you can buy pots, curios and mingle with the locals. From there we go to a farmhouse to meet a lovely family involved in subsistence farming, who will show you around and explain how they farm. This is followed by a visit to a local village halfway between Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana.

Our lead Zulu dancer at the Lodge will escort and explain the everyday life of the people living here as well as hopefully seeing the resident Sangoma (witchdoctor). If she’s home, she will invite us into her house and explain her beliefs and practices and also show her special muti (magic potions). After this tour we drive to the nearby Museum for a picnic lunch and also have the opportunity to buy from the craft shop there. We usually return to the lodge around 3-3:30pm.

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Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Bar (honesty bar)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee

Transfers

  • Airport transfers
  • Tour assistance

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Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Double Rooms (x2)

Each room has its own viewing deck overlooking the game reserve and the surrounding hills like Rorke's Drift. All rooms are en-suite with separate bath and spacious shower.

Qty: 2
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

Twin Rooms (x4)

Each room has its own viewing deck overlooking the game reserve and the surrounding hills like Rorke's Drift. All rooms are en-suite with separate bath and spacious shower.

Qty: 4
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

Guest Reviews

3 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Isibindi Zulu Lodge, for me, was more of a spiritual experience, as I have a great respect for old and traditional cultures. The kids of the village and especially Zama delivered an absolutely wonderful presentation of the Zulu life both past and present. The views from the rooms are beautiful. Rolling hills as far as the eye and management so friendly and informative. They have the right mix of professionalism, passion and knowledge.

May 2018

Amy (Sydney)

Verified reviewexcellent

We found Isibindi quite unique, with it's beehive lodges and warm casual setting and atmosphere. Darren and Candy and all the staff were ultra accommodating, friendly, helpful, and informative, With Darren as the chef, the food was exceptional and the ambience of our dinner under the night sky was one of the highlights of our trip. Our unaccompanied game walk in their reserve with Roger the giraffe. the zebras and the waterbuck was an unexpected adventure - And they were kind eough to provide us with a two way radio just for that added feeling of security. We did the cultural tour whcih was heartwarming and a truly enriching experience. We will return to Isibindi!!!

August 2009

Ben and Kim Thirkield (Worcester, Massachsusetts, USA)

Need to Know

Response timeIsibindi Zulu Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)Dundee Airport - 65km
Richard's Bay Airport - 259km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 12h00
Check-out by 10h00

Payment methods accepted by the propertyVisa, Mastercard, Diners, American Express, EFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since June 2008

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