Isibindi Zulu Lodge
offers 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.
All children welcome. Children under 8 are requested to have dinners from 6-7pm.
Isibindi Zulu Lodge accommodation:
6 luxury beehive suites, architecturally inspired by the traditional beehive shape, offer panoramic views of the game reserve, en-suite with bath & shower.
6 Beehive Suites inspired by traditional Zulu architecture
Bathrooms with both bath & shower
Private balconies offer spectacular views over the Isibindi Eco-Reserve
All of our bedrooms in our Zululand accommodation have the following features:
- Private deck
- Overhead Fan
- Laundry Service
- No Smoking
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
- Safe and Hairdryer
Isibindi Zulu Lodge activities:
Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated on the rugged 2000 hectare Isibindi Eco-Reserve home to various species of Plains Game and many bird species. Guests can explore the reserve either on foot or on guided game drives. The many gravel roads and game paths offer challenging mountain biking terrain for the more adventurous and during the summer months it is great fun to cool off in the rivers. A visit to the nearby battlefields of the Anglo Zulu War are a must. Fascinating trips are offered into the surrounding hills and valleys where one can learn more about the mighty Zulu nation.
- Game drives
- Bush Walks
- Zulu Cultural Experience
- Tubing in Rivers
- Clay Pigeon Shooting
- Mountain Biking
Additional activities in the area:
- Battlefield tour
- Zulu Homestead Visit
- Elandskraal Store Visit
- Zululand Panorama Tour
Wildlife on the Isibindi Eco-Reserve:
Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated within the 2000 hectare Isibindi Eco-Reserve which offers diverse habitats ranging from montane grassland and valley thornveld to riverine forests.
The reserve is home to abundant plains 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 and other plains game.
How to get there: Access by Road
4 x4 is not necessary but the last 21km are on gravel roads.
Dundee (56km) – charter flights only. KSIA – Durban 4.5 hrs drive to lodge.
Access by Air
Regional and international flights land at KSIA north of Durban. It is a 4.5 hour drive from the airport to the lodge. Contact Reservations to enquire about lodge transfers.