We visited this part of the world as part of a tour to see the Battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu and Boer Wars, as well as a flying visit to Dundee. I think it is about 30miles from Rorke's Drift/Isandahlwana sites.
The resort is well-spaced out and the welcome was good. It sits on a prairie with the mountains in the distance and tame-game wandering around the perimeter - zebra, springbok, ostriches etc.
I get the impression that tourism is a new thing for Kwazulu Natal and while the enthusiasm is definitely there, the support network that hotels often require from suppliers etc are not yet up and running. That said, I found the reception articulate, knowledgable and helpful when requesting wifi passwords/dealing with queries etc.
We stayed in a silo room, which was by definition circular. The rooms were basic (rustic, to quote our tour guide) but were clean and spacious. As per usual for SA, the television was antiquated and it was pot-luck if you could get a channel. If you need to relax in SA, bring a book! The shower was fine and the towels were plentiful. The bed was good and our sleep was good. The room was cleaned to a perfectly adequate standard. As it was a thatched roof, the inevitable fusty smell (which I like but my wife doesn't) was evident.
There was a thunderstorm in the afternoon - common in many parts of SA - that was a show in itself!
As you are somewhat isolated, you are something of a captive audience but the restaurant and bar on site is more than adequate. The food was ok, if a little school-dinnery but was plentiful and very, very reasonably priced. The wine was great and was almost embarassingly cheap. The bar staff were friendly and full of fun but for me, the highlight were the Zulu waitresses who gave an impromptu sing-song of I would assume are traditional Zulu songs.
The swimming pool was a strange thing, it had no sunloungers and it took us about five minutes to figure out how to open the gate (lift and push) to gain access. A sign and a few loungers would be an easy win here, I'd suggest.
To summarise: yes it is rustic. But this is in the middle of rural KZN and will most likely improve in time. It was the most basic of all the hotels we stayed in on our tour but due to the friendly welcome it made up for it quite a lot. It is probably ideal if you're doing a Battlefield Tour.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- South Africa's Premier Battlefields, Conferencing,Wedding,Rugby Resort & Events Destination Battlefields Country Lodge is half way between Durban & Johannesburg and situated in the heartbeat of the well known historic Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal. Accommodation comprising of 70 air-conditioned, en-suite rooms surrounded by immaculate lawns, gardens & game. We are in close proximity to the famous battle sites Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Blood River monument and Talana Museum, rated as one of the best in South Africa. ... more less