Isandlwana Lodge is set high on the Nyoni Rock on which the Zulu commander stood during the Battle of Isandlwana. Here, the British Army faced one of its worst defeats on the morning of January 22 1879.
The lodge truly captures all the drama and texture of the area's rich history, whilst offering total relaxation, comfort and luxury for its guests.
The highlight of a stay here is one of the superb guided tours and stories behind the battles of the region, including nearby Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana itself. The tours will enthral you and captivate your imagination, as your guide recounts the stories of the famous battles. Tours to other Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer battle sites are also possible by prior arrangement.
But if walking, climbing, bird-watching or mountain biking are your preference, the options are endless. For those after peace and tranquility, a picnic at a nearby waterfall, reading on the outdoor verandah or in the library or lying at the pool are all yours for the taking.
The wonderfully stylish stone and thatch lodge offers superbly appointed and extremely comfortable accommodation. Twelve luxurious bedrooms open out onto their own private balcony, with views across to the Isandlwana battlefield. Uniquely designed en-suite bathrooms all have a separate shower unit.
The decor is a mixture of ethnic and traditional styles with furniture made of African woods and hand-painted or silk screened fabrics.
To end the day, unwind over sundowners and snacks at the intimate bar or relax over a delicious home-cooked meal and a glass of South African wine in the thatched dining room, and enjoy the sweeping panoramic views of the rural Zululand plains and the famous battlefield site of 1879.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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All meals are included. PLEASE NOTE: Tours are an additional cost - rates on request.
Children aged 7 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 12 are not allowed on tours.
Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 10 ratings
So onwards to the totally amazing Isandlwana Lodge (got a little lost in Dundee..recommended better signage for this famous battlefield to the management on our arrival!). We did the wonderful tours of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, both conducted by the captivating Rob Gerrard, in fact so captivating that we purchased his book, which he kindly signed, as a memento. Fabulous setting, great accommodation, staff, food and wine. Again our only regret was not being able to stay longer.
We felt the services of TB, and in particular Tracey, were excellent. The real high points were Isandlwana (both lodge and Rob Gerrard tour), Phinda and Bradach Manor.
Isandlwana Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Johannesburg: Take N3 South passing Heidelberg, go onto Villiers. Branch left onto R103 and R34 to Vrede, Memel and Newcastle. In Newcastle, turn right at the T-junction, follow the road through the town and turn right onto the N11 at the next T-junction.
After approximately 20 km turn left onto the R621 and follow sign to Dundee. Travel through Dundee and follow R33/R68 to Nqutu.
Approximately 5 km from Dundee turn right onto R68 to Nqutu. In the centre of Nqutu at the cross roads turn right. Continue along R68 for 14 km.
Turn right on a dirt road following signs to Isandlwana Battlefield and Isandlwana Lodge. Continue along the dirt road for 9 km into Isandlwana Village. Follow the sign to Information Centre and drive past to Isandlwana Lodge.
General Information For Guests
All rooms face the historic and scenically beautiful Isandlwana plain with a view of the mountain.
There is limited mobile phone coverage around the area, so if you think you are going to be very late arriving, call when you have the chance.