Staying at Isibindi Zulu Lodge you'll experience the wide open spaces of Zululand, the rich Zulu culture, wildlife and history.
The lodge consists of 6 thatched suites, whose design is based on local Zulu architecture. They're kept cool by ceiling fans, and all have an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower. They are ranged along the top of the hill and all have private decks overlooking the game reserve's forests and wide grasslands.
Facilities at the main lodge include a lounge and dining room with an open fire, bar and library where you can leaf through reference books. There's a beautifully sited outdoor pool, set by the edge of the ridge with panoramic views. Dinner is usually enjoyed in the dining room, with breakfast and lunch served outdoors on the terrace, weather permitting.
There's a wide range of activities on offer, including 4x4 game drives, nature walks, bird watching and hiking, as well as tours of the nearby battlefields of Isandiwana and Rorke's Drift. You'll also have the chance to spend time at a Zulu village (pay locally) and for a traditional boma dinner.
Open: Isibindi Zulu Lodge is open all year.
Location: The nearest airport is Dundee, a 40 minute drive away. Approximate driving times to Isibindi Zulu Lodge are 4-5 hours from Durban, 5-6 hours from Johannesburg and 5.5 hours from Thonga. GPS co-ordinates S 28 0 25’55.40” E 30 0 33‘44.00”.
Rooms: There are 6 suites comprising 4 twins and 2 doubles including the honeymoon suite. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a bath and separate shower, full running water and hairdryer. Bedrooms are cooled by ceiling fans. Suites are set 10 metres apart and all have private viewing decks.
Activities: The lodge offers the following activities free of charge: game drives, guided walks, bird watching, hiking and river tubing (summer only). If you are staying at least 2 nights you can attend a Zulu boma dinner. Other activities offered at extra cost such as Battlefield tours, a visit to a Zulu homestead, tours of Bushman rock art, a trip to Mangeni Falls and clay pigeon shooting. Mountain biking is possible but you need to provide your own bike. Fishing is available and you need to bring your own equipment. Bush breakfasts and picnics can be arranged.
Facilities: The lodge has a large open plan living and dining area, with plenty of comfy seating and a log fire and a bar. There’s also a library. Outside you can admire the wonderful views from the terrace and cool off with a swim in the ridge-top pool. A laundry service is offered at an extra charge.
Dining: Meals are can be eaten as a group or at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Suites can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child under 18 years.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is limited mobile phone coverage and limited internet access.
If you're looking for a mix of culture, wildlife and scenery with the added freedom of your own car, this holiday is an ideal choice.
"I really liked this little lodge when I stopped here for lunch. I would have happily stayed to enjoy the views from the pool, and the characterful rooms made to look similar to Zulu beehive huts. It's not the most luxurious lodge, but it is certainly comfortable, with welcoming staff. Sat in a large eco reserve the lodge offers not only battlefield tours, but they have a Zulu village where you can get a flavour of Zulu culture, and enjoy game drives too."