Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Game Lodge, The Battlefields


Safari meets history at this intimate, 12-bed bolthole.  Not only is Isibindi located just five miles from the seminal Battlefields sites of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana, but the lodge also sits scenically within its own private eco-reserve.  Game drives and walks are thus available, with giraffe and zebra the wildlife top trumps, as are immersive visits to nearby Zulu homesteads.  Guests stay in local-style beehive huts, and there’s a large pool.


Scattered among thorn trees, six beehive huts are stylistically inspired by traditional Zulu homes.  Inside are ceiling fans, electricity and bathtubs yet the real joy is outside, through French windows.  There you’ll find a private viewing deck looking across the bush below, with wildlife regularly visible.  The Honeymoon suite includes a sunken bath for two.


Boasting its own breathtaking views, that large pool is bordered by vast boulders.  Inside the main lodge awaits a homely lounge, a library and a convivial, tree-carved bar.  Dinners are served out on a main veranda one night, then amid the al-fresco boma beside a roaring fire the next.  Full of flair, Isibindi’s chef has earned a reputation for creative – and creatively-presented – reprises of South African classics.


Prices include one daily game drive travelling through grasslands, valleys and riverbanks.  Walks can also be undertaken, including picnics and there’s excellent birdwatching.  Battlefields tours are readily available, along with an evening visit to a traditional Zulu umuzi homestead, featuring a dance performance and homemade dishes like isijingi (pumpkin mash) and inyama (meat and potato stew).  Longer day-trip visits are possible too.  Family trips to swim in a gentle river can be arranged in the summer months after good rains.

Child Policy

All ages are welcome, and pre-teens can share (two maximum) rooms with parents using small beds.  Earlier dinner times are provided for those under 8, and babysitting’s available with prior notice.  Family trips to swim in a gentle river can be arranged.


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