Isandlwana Lodge

Isandlwana Lodge is 'the' place to re-live Anglo-Zulu War history and approaching through the dust I could see its namesake hill from miles away. The rocky outcrop was throwing a long shadow across the valley, just as it did on January 22nd 1879 when 25,000 Zulus attacked the British soldiers encamped on the hill’s eastern slope.…

… The story of the ensuing battle is fascinating and the lodge eats and sleeps it. Rob Gerrard, an ex-Gordon Highlander (or one of his trusty sidekicks), leads tours that include nearby Rorke’s Drift. Even the lodge itself is designed around a Zulu shield, a thatched, tapered structure that wraps around the hillside and looks across the Isandlwana battlefield. Though steeped in history, it has a refreshingly modern feel. Upstairs, the lounge and bar have leather sofas, ceiling fans and high-backed, Nguni dining chairs. All twelve rooms are downstairs off a winding, rocky corridor, with very private balconies for enjoying the incredible view. Pat has furnished the lodge in a pleasingly subtle blend of hand-printed bedspreads, copper lampshades and slate-tiled, chrome-tapped bathrooms. Having arrived here from Florida and a life of "peanuts and insurance" she has taken to hosting as a duck takes to water. Once you’ve waltzed through her to-do list of battlefield tours, walking trails, 300 bird species, cultural tours, horse-riding, swimming and gourmet dining, you’ll have happily spent at least three nights here. Cultural tours are now available visiting local communities.

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Rooms: 12: 5 doubles and 7 twins all with showers. Also a separate guesthouse with 3 bedrooms which sleeps up to 6.
Prices: Lodge (full board) R1,860 - R2,315 pppn sharing. Single supp. +50%. Guesthouse (excl meals) R2,200 - R2,400 per night (6 people). Ask for rates for 2 or 4. Battlefield tours: R475. Ask about other activities.
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Meals: Price includes full breakfast, lunch and four-course dinner.
Directions:From Durban take N2 north to Eshowe then R68 through Melmouth and Babanango. Turn left at 4-way stop in Babanango. Travel for approx 45km to turn-off to Isandlwana Lodge, then another 9kms on dirt road.

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