We spent 4 lovely days in January 2012 visiting the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift (subject of Stanley Baker's epic Zulu film with Michael Cane) staying at the excellent Isandlwana Lodge.
Isandlwana was built by two American ladies and is architecturally superbly blended into the iNyoni mountain face immediately behind it, with natural stone, timber structural beams and thatched roof adding to its visual charm. .Relatively small the hotel nevertheless offers excellent accommodation with 12 good sized guest rooms complete with en-suite in the main building plus 6 in two cottages guests all overlooking Isandlwana village and the battlefield mountain beyond.
The Lodge has a small but well stocked library with internet connection, an intimate bar and a large balcony wrapping round the complete hotel frontage whilst outside there is also a pleasant but small swimming pool and sundeck
The restaurant offers excellent food with light homemade snacks available throughout the day - the whole ambiance is very welcoming and indeed home luxury at its best , nothing appear too much trouble for the staff who are always attentive yet unobtrusive.
As for the tours of the battlefield then historian and former British Army Brigadier Robert Gerrard together with Dalton a great great great relative of the Zulu chief Cetshwayo bring the whole story to life and for the more adventurous there is the 14km "fugitives trail" which tracks the flight of two Army Lieutenant’s from the Isandlwana battle carrying the Queens Colours back towards what they thought to be relatively safety at Rorke's drift and during the South African summer includes swimming the Buffalo river upstream of "coffin rock"
Definitely a trip of a life time as indeed is all of South Africa.
- Also Known As:
- Isandlwana Hotel
- Isandlwana Hotel Isandlwana
- Isandlwana Lodge KwaZulu-Natal
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 on 22 January 1879. Enjoy unparalleled views from the crisp early light of a sparkling Zulu dawn to the splendor of the African sunset. ... more less