Overview of Isandlwana Lodge

Built high up on the Nyoni Rocks on which the Zulu commanders stood to direct the Battle of Isandlwana, Isandlwana Lodge overlooks the enigmatic Isandlwana Mountain and historic battle site below, where the British Army faced one of its worst defeats on the morning of the 22 January 1879. Built of thatch and stone with huge wooden columns supporting floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the lodge is decorated with a combination of traditional and modern styles.

Visit the friendly local Zulu people and learn about their fascinating culture or hear stories of the historical battle. Explore the area on a game safari, as the lodge is also in short driving distance to several game reserves, such as Umfolozi and Hluhluwe, boasting the Big 5. Isandlwana offers many exciting exclusive daytrips. For something truly memorable, explore a horseback trail with an experienced rider-guide or grab your binoculars and go on a birding-walking tour to see over 70 species of bird.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
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Bird watching

Bird watching

Cultural visits

Cultural visits

Day tours

Day tours

Guided walks

Guided walks

Historical tours

Historical tours

Horse riding

Horse riding

Local village visits

Local village visits

Rooms at Isandlwana Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Standard Room

    Isandlwana Lodge offers 12 lavish and private rooms, decorated in a combined traditional and modern style. All rooms feature a private balcony with impressive views, and an en suite bathroom.

    General Facilities

    Unwind beside the pool, impressively built among the rocks, or enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the library, where you can read up on the area’s history.

    Bar

    Bar

    Curio shop

    Curio shop

    Library

    Library

    Restaurant

    Restaurant

    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available

    Dining

    Delicious meals are served in the ambient candlelit dining room. Recline in chairs covered with Inguni cow-hide, the royal cattle of the Zulus.

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    Traveller Reviews

    • MN

      At Isandlwana we did the Zulu village walk which was interesting terrain for the wheelchair but our guides were determined we would do it. Our day out in the Zulu hills to Ulundi was also a very good day. Alan, the guide they gave us lives in Dundee and grew up on his parents’ farm in the hills so was able to tell us lots of interesting details and stories about places we passed as well as the batle sites.

      Marjorie Needham
    • MN

      We also loved Islandwana Lodge, once I got used to the very steep drive. The staff there were also friendly and helpful and around to help push me up and down the many slopes. It is a fantastic location being build into the cliff. The view is great and being in the middle of the village again makes it real. Rob’s talks and tours of the battlefield and Rorke’s Drift were great and the Zulu children from the village came up and did a display of dancing for us. We also went to Blood River and back to Talana.

      Marjorie Needham
    • RD

      This is a superb venue on all accounts! The staff, led by Robin, was as good as any we have ever encountered. Rob Gerrard is a treasure. His battlefield talks bring the events to life, and I believe that our two tours with him will be the most remembered events of this trip.

      Robert Daniels
    • TF

      Isandlwana was amazing – one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The lodge is beautifully designed, the rooms, food, hospitality and tours were all fantastic.

      Thomas Firestone

    Traveller Reviews

    • MN

      At Isandlwana we did the Zulu village walk which was interesting terrain for the wheelchair but our guides were determined we would do it. Our day out in the Zulu hills to Ulundi was also a very good day. Alan, the guide they gave us lives in Dundee and grew up on his parents’ farm in the hills so was able to tell us lots of interesting details and stories about places we passed as well as the batle sites.

      Marjorie Needham
    • MN

      We also loved Islandwana Lodge, once I got used to the very steep drive. The staff there were also friendly and helpful and around to help push me up and down the many slopes. It is a fantastic location being build into the cliff. The view is great and being in the middle of the village again makes it real. Rob’s talks and tours of the battlefield and Rorke’s Drift were great and the Zulu children from the village came up and did a display of dancing for us. We also went to Blood River and back to Talana.

      Marjorie Needham
    • RD

      This is a superb venue on all accounts! The staff, led by Robin, was as good as any we have ever encountered. Rob Gerrard is a treasure. His battlefield talks bring the events to life, and I believe that our two tours with him will be the most remembered events of this trip.

      Robert Daniels
    • TF

      Isandlwana was amazing – one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The lodge is beautifully designed, the rooms, food, hospitality and tours were all fantastic.

      Thomas Firestone