Isandlwana Lodge is situated in the midlands of Kwazulu Natal in the beautiful Isandlwana Valley and within close proximity to the magnificent Drakensberg mountain range and is within comfortable driving distance of several of Africa's most spectacular game reserves.
Isandlwana Lodge has a spectacular setting high up against Nyoni Rock, on which 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.
Today Isandlwana nestles peacefully amongst the majestic beauty of the Zululand Hills, but in January 1879 it was the site of one of the most dramatic and enthralling events in the history of the Zulu Kingdom. The Anglo Zulu War is an enduring story of courage and self-sacrifice, bloodshed and tragedy. Isandlwana Lodge is situated in the very heart of the historic locations where these remarkable events took place. Rob Gerrard FRGS, and ex-Gordon Highlander, is our battlefields historian and we can organise custom made tours to numerous places of interest. Today's KwaZulu-Natal was not only the location on the Anglo Zulu War of 1879, but of many of the great Anglo Boer War Battles such as: Talana, Elandslaagte, Ladysmith, Colenso and Spioenkop. Future world leaders would come to the fore: Winston Churchill, Jan Smuts, Gen. Botha, and Mohandas Ghandi. Isandlwana Lodge is well situated for visits to these historic battlefields.
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.
The lodge is rooted in the local community. The local traditional authority was obviously 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. 23 villagers are employed at the lodge.
The history of the Zulu people did not end in 1879. It's still a vibrant force today, and we can arrange for you to visit their homes and discover the Zulu way of life. Enjoy their tribal dancing, taste their foods, visit a traditional khaya and admire the colorful art and craft work, perhaps even visit a local Sangoma. Isandlwana is also within easy reach of the beautiful emaKhosini Valley, where the story of the Zulu nation began. We can guide you through the graves of King Shaka's ancestors, and take you to visit eMgungundlovu, the royal residence of King Dingane. You can also enjoy a visit to oNdini, the residence of King Cetshwayo, close to the Ulundi battlefield where the Anglo Zulu War ended on 4 July 1879.
Unwind in the rock pool after a day on the battlefields. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the library where you can hone up on your history. Make new friends in the pleasant surroundings of our lounge and allow our specialist chef to provide you with some of the best food in KwaZulu Natal. Or just relax on your private balcony. Isandlwana has a boardroom and is the ideal location for executive conferences or team-building getaways, where groups can benefit from the unique concepts developed and built around the battles by renowned historian Rob Gerrard.
Isandlwana Lodge offers twelve luxury rooms, all en-suite and tastefully decorated in a mixture of traditional and modern styles. The lodge is carved into the iNyoni Rock formation on top of which the Zulu commander stood during the battle of Isandlwana. Enjoy unparalleled views from the crisp early light of a sparkling Zulu dawn to the splendour of the African sunset.