Isibindi Zulu Lodge

KwaZulu Natal

Rooms: 6: 4 twins, 1 double, 1 honeymoon suite; all in the traditional beehive shape with en-suite bath and shower.

Prices: R2,350 to R2,550 pp sharing. Singles plus 30%. Price includes 3 meals & 1 game activity per day plus a Zulu Boma Evening for a 2-night stay. Battlefield tours, Zulu homestead visits & panoramic day trips optional extras.
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Meals: Full board includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and all teas and coffees.

Directions: Take R33 from Dundee towards Greytown for 42km, then turn left onto dirt road at Isibindi Eco Reserve/Elandskraal sign. Follow signs to Isibindi which is 21km from main road. See www.isibindi.co.za for map & directions.

GPS: S28 25.896 E030 33.723

Paige and Brett Gehren
Isibindi Africa Lodges, Rorke’s Drift/Battlefields, Dundee, KwaZulu Natal

Tel: (0)35-474-1473
Cell: (0)82-466-8538
Fax: (0)35-474-1490
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Driving up to Isibindi in the early evening, the way ahead was intermittently illuminated by a spectacular thunderstorm. It seemed to be following me. Ignoring the portents, I pressed on Homerically to claim my prize, a night at the wonderful (the first line of my notes just reads ‘Wow!’) Isibindi Zulu Lodge. It’s on a hill in the middle of a 2,000-hectare nature reserve on the Buffalo River, with six secluded chalets looking out over the bush, a modern spin on the traditional Zulu beehive hut. The best view is reserved for the pool, a great place for daytime dozing before an afternoon game drive with lodge managers who are extremely passionate about the bush. The game wasn’t playing ball on our evening outing but we heard plenty of snuffling about in the twilight as we walked back under the stars to the lodge. For those not barmy about the bush there are Zulu dancing evenings laid on. Personally though, the tour of the nearby Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift battlefields are the highlight. Walking the 50 yards of Rorke’s Drift, having the battle described to me as the rain fell and the local Zulu choir had their weekly rehearsal in the church on the battlefield itself, was a highlight not just of my trip, but will remain one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. Nature, history and culture… Isibindi has it all. Fishing can be arranged but you must bring your own equipment.

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