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Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Traditional thatched Zulu rondavels (round houses) situated on the edge of a vast nature reserve will connect you to the local traditional ways of life and the beautiful nature of KwaZulu-Natal. Celebrating all that the rich Zulu heritage offers us, you may experience outdoor dining around an open fire, to the sounds of drumbeat and singing, and the sight of dancing Zulu maidens under spectacular starry night skies. Knowledgeable guides provide insight into local culture and a tour to a traditional Zulu homestead may be arranged with a family from the neighbouring village.

The lodge is perfectly positioned within the famous Anglo-Zulu battlefields, close to Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. Day trips to visit these remarkable sites will leave you marvelling at the tales of courage and cowardice of these particularly fascinating and complex battles.

From the lodge you may enjoy a dawn game viewing drive with coffee and rusks served at the edge of a beautiful gorge. Since there are no dangerous animals on the reserve, it is possible to get out of the vehicle and walk towards peaceful giraffe, gnu and zebra. There are plentiful textures and colours to photograph, including local aloes, acacia thorn trees and fascinating rock formations. Mountain bike riding is another lovely way to feel connected to this pristine natural part of the world with its diverse fauna and flora, and again the safety of the reserve makes this rare privilege possible. The birdwatching is particularly rich, with a wide range of bushveld species at the lodge and in the valley of the reserve.

Return from your morning activities for a hearty cooked breakfast then take your favourite drink from the honesty bar out to the pool while you watch giraffe move silently in the valley below. You may ask for a picnic lunch to enjoy on a battlefields tour.

The traditional thatched rooms at the lodge are cool and spacious, including an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Each room has a private wooden deck which opens out onto the valley views. The honeymoon suite boasts a romantic wide bath.

There is a gentle, open feel about this lodge and natural land, and you will find yourself mindfully sinking into the most peaceful and contented version of yourself. Being in a completely safe private nature reserve, appreciate taking deep breaths while standing outside at night under open African skies, listening to the sound of an owl or a Nightjar as it calls to you to be present and grateful for this protected corner of Africa.

Low SeasonHigh SeasonPeak Season
August 2018 - April 2019R2,770.00N/AN/A
May 2019 - July 2019R2,270.00N/AN/A
ZAR per person per night, sharing
GPS co-ordinates: -28.432055555555557, 30.56222222222222

There are six Beehive Suites inspired by the architecture of surrounding Zulu villages. Each room bears the Zulu name of the mountain that it overlooks. All rooms have spectacular views of the rugged Isibindi Eco-Reserve and are positioned in the indigenous gardens to give guests privacy to enjoy the peaceful surrounds. The high thatched roofs are a work of art and offer wonderful insulation in both winter and summer. Rooms can be configured as either double or twin and one extra stretcher type beds can be added to accommodate children under 18 years. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with bath or shower, some have both. Tea and coffee making facilities, overhead fans, safes and hair dryers are provided in each room. These unique suites are the ideal Zululand accommodation.

Please contact us for children's rates.