King Shaka International Airport
Isandlwana Lodge captures all the drama and texture of this area’s rich history, whilst offering total relaxation, comfort and luxury for guests. Boasting sweeping panoramic views of the rural Zululand plains and the famous battlefield site of 1879, guests are offered birds-eye views from every vantage point in the lodge.
Isandlwana Lodge offers 12 comfortable and rustic en-suite bedrooms, each with sweeping panoramic views. Soak up the ambiance of your surroundings, from the pool-deck or wrap-around verandah. 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, with amazing outlooks of the Nyoni rock face, open plains, and mountains in the distance.
Those interested in the history of the area and the country will be mesmerized by the storytelling of the resident guides. 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 is all yours for the taking.
A host of guided Battlefield and cultural tours, as well as day drives, to one of Africa's oldest game reserves, are available to suit every request.
Rorke’s Drift provides an easy route from the northern plateau of Natal into Zululand, past the Isandlwana and Siphezi mountains. It was named after James Rorke who farmed near the crossing. After his death, the farm was taken over by a Swedish Mission that was to play a strategic role in one of the fiercest battles of the Anglo-Zulu War.
The countryside around Rorke’s Drift still manages to give true meaning to the description ‘unspoilt beauty’, and it is hard to imagine that this peaceful, undulating landscape was the scene of such violence. A visit to the Rorke’s Drift Battle Museum, which has received worldwide attention for its displays of the Anglo-Zulu War, gives an incredible audio-visual depiction of the Rorke’s Drift battle and others and is well worth a visit.
A walk down to Fugitives’ Drift on the Buffalo River will afford an opportunity not only to swim in pools and rapids but also to try one’s hand at a spot of fishing. The 22km River frontage offers superb fishing.
Isandlwana Lodge, R68, Gezahlale, South Africa