About Isandlwana Lodge
This lodge is in an ideal location as it is near some of the major game reserves in the area and it is within driving distance of the battle grounds. The lodge offers daily tours to these historic sites with the resident historian, Rob Gerrard. The Lodge also offers photographic safaris, walking, horse trails and cultural experiences.
Isandlwana Lodge has a spectacular setting high up against Nyoni Rock, where the Zulu commander stood during the Battle of Isandlwana, a defining battle in the history of South Africa. You look straight across the battlefield where 1200 British soldiers met their end at the hands of the Zulu army. This luxurious lodge is built of stone, glass and thatch, and the decoration is a pleasing combination of traditional and modern styles. Food and hospitality are first-class. Each bedroom has a balcony overlooking some of the most breathtaking scenery in Zululand.
Resident historian and gifted raconteur Rob Gerrard leads tours of both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Horse trails offer the rare chance to ride through open country as far as the eye can see. The lodge is set in a landscape dotted with small Zulu farms. You can walk in these communal lands and the lodge will arrange cultural tours, visiting villages in the area or in remote Qhudeni.
The lodge is rooted in the local community. The local traditional authority was delighted by the prospect of having a tourist lodge close to their village, and the Isandlwana Community Tribal Trust was established to channel funds into the local community for schools, health facilities etc. The Trust receives a percentage of the lodge’s turnover and owns up to 10% of the shares in the lodge. Twenty three villagers are employed at the lodge.
Isandlwana Lodge offers twelve luxury rooms all en-suite and tastefully decorated in a simple mixture of traditional and modern styles. All rooms face the historic and scenically beautiful Isandlwana plain with a view of the mountain. Isandlwana Lodge is the ideal location for executive conferences or team-building getaways, where groups can benefit from unique concepts, developed and built around the battles by the resident historian and superb stroyteller, Rob Gerrard, author and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
For Groups and Families needing something a little bigger, with self-catering facilities, the 3-bedroom Isandlwana Guesthouse can accommodate up to six people. Please ask us for more details.
Facilities and Recreation
Well known as an excellent place to visit the famous Anglo-Zulu battlefields, Isandlwana is also a great location to learn more about Zulu culture, and go hiking, horse-riding or birding. Visit Isandlwana Lodge and experience the real Africa with the flagship tours of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. Depending on your interests, trained guides from the local community take guests on a walking tour to a Zulu village, to visit a typical Zulu homestead, the historic St. Vincent’s Church, the schools or clinic. The final stop is a fascinating visit to a Sangoma (diviner).