iSibindi Zulu Lodge is situated within the 4000 acre Isibindi Eco-Reserve which offers diverse habitats ranging from montane grassland and valley thornveld to riverine forests. The reserve is home to abundant indigenous game, morning and evening game drives are offered and there is excellent bird watching. It is also quite safe to walk or take a picnic along one of the meandering river beds and view Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, etc. It’s a stone’s throw away from the historically momentous Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Isandlwana where Zulu and British clashed in a devastating battle which had enormous consequences for the Zulu people. The battlefield tour starts at Isandlwana, where the greatest defeat in British colonial history took place. The events of Rorke’s Drift (the battle proceeded from Isandlwana to Rorke’s Drift later in the day) are described, as well as a short tour of the museum. A Zulu Boma Dinner begins just as the sun starts setting, casting the hills in soft golden light. Guests are led down a narrow path to the beat of drums. As one emerges into a clearing coming across a historical Zulu umuzi (village) the dancing bodies of Zulu children make for a profound experience. The traditional dances and their role in Zulu history and culture is explained amid the energetic displays. A separate day trip to a Zulu Homestead gives guests a rare chance to experience the life of a rural Zulu family which has remained largely unchanged over the past hundred years since Shaka Zulu forged this mighty nation. Guests are rowed across the river and then walked to a traditional homestead, where a sangoma (Zulu witchdoctor) lives. A tour of the homestead is conducted by the sangoma who can also be encouraged to ‘throw the bones’, which is an ancient Zulu art of fortune telling and rain wishing.
This 12 bed lodge is a peaceful bushveld retreat with accommodation designed in an architectural celebration of the Zulu nation. All rooms are set with magnificent views over the isinbid Eco-reserve. All rooms are en suite and 2 of the rooms have a double bed. Triples are possible to accommodate a child – please discuss with reservations.
We offer full day Battlefield Tours & Zulu Cultural tours available on request to visit Isandlwana Battlefield, Rorke’s Drift Battlefield, Zulu Homestead.
We are located within a private game reserve with daily game activities – walks, drive – not Big 5, but it is a wonderful opportunity to explore Isibindi’s natural environment. Excellent birding, hiking & challenging mountain bike riding.