iSibindi Zulu Lodge is a peaceful bushveld retreat, set within the private 4,000 acres iSibindi Eco-Reserve, in the heart of ruggedly-beautiful Zululand. Stay in traditional Zulu-style beehive huts with luxury features and immerse yourself in ancient Zulu culture, enjoy historical Battlefields experiences and walk with wildlife.
- Luxury accommodation in uniquely-designed traditional bee-hive Zulu huts
- Breathtaking views from a private wooden deck
- Diverse wildlife and excellent bird watching
- Anglo-Zulu War battlefield tours
- Unique tour to an ancient Zulu homestead village
- Excellent cuisine and traditional Zulu boma dinners
Please note: Isibindi Zulu Lodge will be closed from 1 May - 31 July 2017 for a complete refurbishment.
Located within a private game reserve which borders the Buffalo River, iSibindi Zulu Lodge is approximately 9 km from the world-renowned battlefields of Rorke’s Drift & Isandlwana and 65 km from Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal.
Authentic Zulu-style accommodation
The traditional bee-hive styled huts provide luxurious and unique accommodation. Each hut is completely secluded with large french doors onto a private balcony that offers fantastic views of the surrounding game reserve. Each hut has an en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower, ceiling fans and heaters as well as coffee and tea-making facilities. There are 2 double rooms and 4 twins available. There's a large swimming pool with its own sweeping views, a unique bar carved from a thorn tree, a library well-stocked with history books and a welcoming lounge with a massive stone fireplace, perfect for chilly evenings.
Game viewing activities
Guided game drives and walks are available on request. All drives are conducted in open game viewing vehicles. It's also possible to explore the game farm on foot as there are no dangerous predators; however, do watch out for snakes! There are various species of wildlife on the reserve, including giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, black and blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, nyala, bushbuck, blesbok, waterbuck, common and mountain reedbuck, impala, kudu, grey duiker, steenbok and warthog. An elusive leopard or two have been spotted and there are smaller carnivores such as black-backed jackal, caracal (lynx), two otter species and honey badger. Birdlife is abundant and extremely rewarding, even for novices with a current list of 234 species. Keen fishermen can try their luck in the Buffalo River (own tackle required).
Steeped in ancient Zulu culture
The iSibindi Eco-Reserve has a traditional village which you can visit on a tour. You'll have the opportunity to sample traditional Zulu food and drink and enjoy an evening of energetic Zulu dancing. The Zulu boma dinner evening is a memorable event with an insight into Zulu traditions, culture, singing, drumming and dancing. Visits to authentic Zulu homes can also be arranged where you can observe ancient arts like bead-making, traditional cuisine and lifestyles, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who can answer your questions and share the wealth of Zulu traditions and customs with you. A panorama/cultural tour is also on offer which combines visits to local scenic attractions, like the 160 m Mangeni Falls, San Rock Art sites, Zulu homestead visits and a traditional smelting site where Zulu spears are made. There are also various museums, craft and curio shops nearby.
You'll be given a description of the context of the Anglo-Zulu War and events leading up to the outbreak of hostilities in January 1879 before heading for Isandlwana, site of the battle that was considered the greatest defeat in British colonial history. Moving on, you'll travel to Rorke's Drift for a picnic lunch and further tour of the museum. Other sites that may be visited by prior arrangement include Fugitives Drift and Blood River, each with its own diverse and rich history.
By road: The lodge is accessible by 2WD with the last 20 km on a reasonable gravel road. Driving times: from Johannesburg - 5 to 5½ hrs (440km), King Shaka International Airport (Durban) - 4½ to 5½ hrs (302km) and Richards Bay - approx. 3.5 hrs (260km).
By air: the nearest scheduled flights are to Richards Bay. Charter flights are available to Dundee airport, a 40-minute drive from iSibindi Zulu Lodge.
Isibindi Africa Lodges also organise inter-lodge transfers between their properties - please ask for details.
Our take on iSibindi Zulu Lodge
iSibindi Zulu Lodge is a unique getaway which offers a refreshing combination of wildlife, culture and history. It's a very good place to start or end off your African safari to get a better understanding of the rich history and culture of Africa and its fascinating peoples.
- Luxury accommodation, all meals
- Teas and coffees throughout the day
- One game drive or walk per day
- Zulu Boma dinner (2-night stay or longer)
- Optional activities not mentioned
- Personal expenses
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