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Among the rolling hills of Zululand, cut into the rock face, lies Isandlwana Lodge, overlooking the battlefield and plains where the Zulus defeated the British in the first major battle of the Anglo-Zulu war.
Among the rolling hills of Zululand, cut into the rock face, lies Isandlwana Lodge, overlooking the battlefield and plains where the Zulus defeated the British in the first major battle of the Anglo-Zulu war on 22 January 1879. The lodge has been built in the shape of a shield, with a thatched roof and rock walls resembling a traditional Zulu kraal. Each of the columns that support the roof come from the old West Street Pier in Durban, and is named after a Zulu commander or significant person in the chain of command during the Anglo-Zulu War. The stillness of the setting belies what is regarded as one of the most dramatic events in the history of the Zulu Kingdom, brought to life by the lodge’s historian, Rob Gerrard, author and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, or one of his associates who keep guests enthralled as they recapture the Zulu history of Isandlwana, the Battle of Rorke’s Drift and other conflicts that took place in the surrounding areas.
Situated in the very heart of the historic location where these remarkable events took place, Isandlwana reverberates with Zulu history and culture, reflected not only in the décor throughout the public areas and the twelve luxury bedrooms, but also in the sweeping panoramas of the plains which are devoid of development, and likely to look exactly as they did over 130 years ago. The magnificent views are pervasive, whether you’re sipping on sundowners on the upper veranda, enjoying the privacy of your own balcony, or indulging in a skillfully prepared meal in the highceilinged dining room.
Although tours with Rob are a must, guests can also retreat to the comfort of the library to delve deeper into the region’s history, or recall the gripping events with other similar-minded visitors in the comfortable lounge and bar areas. Or simply cool off in the rock pool and soak in the endless vistas!
If your stay is long enough to allow time for other experiences you may want to consider walks, a birding tour or photographic safari and tours of other Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer War battle sites, or enjoy a walking tour which includes a visit to the points of interest in a real Zulu village with the opportunity to meet the most hospitable people. Easily accessible from Johannesburg and Durban, Isandlwana Lodge is the ideal location for executive conferences or team-building getaways. A board room has a capacity of up to 8 people and a second meeting room can accommodate up to 16 delegates. The owners have created a partnership with the local Traditional Council that has brought jobs to the community and will bring revenue to the Isandlwana Development Community Trust Foundation for use in building schools, clinics and enhancing the life of villagers.
Rates on Request
Tour of Isandlwana R 550 per person
Tour Rorke's Drift R 550 per person
Zulu Village Tour R 550 per person
* Three Meals daily
* All Extras
Term & Conditions:
* South African Resident Rates Only
* Rates are subject to change and availability.