We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Paradise”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 5 more sites!
Isibindi Zulu Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 12, 2010

Simply amazing, Carmen and Chris were fantastic hosts. We were lucky enough to be the only ones staying at the reserve - as it was our honeymoon we were able to enjoy the honeymoon suite - an amazing beehive hut with the best view of the reserve and a pretty sunken bath. Drinking wine on the terrace with the monkeys watching us was quite an experience! The game drives were wonderful and the animals really are living in their natural environment with little human interference - wonderful to see them like this.
The food was mouth-watering and nothing was too difficult. Wonderful candle lit dinners and on one night a true zulu boma dinner including a demonstration from children at the local school. Never having done any safari before this really was a great place to go, we had no expectations before we arrived, but if we had, they would have been surpassed!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Aeparker81
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (144)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

116 - 122 of 144 reviews

Reviewed January 9, 2010

Arriving at Isibindi, we were warmly welcomed by Candy and Darren (a delightful couple and superb attentive hosts) and taken to our Beehive lodge set on the hillside. Built to resemble a typical Zulu hut, there are six of these self-contained and private “havens”, all comprehensively equipped with every essential (comfy beds,plenty of pillows,hairdryer etc) plus a myriad of extra thoughtful touches – from home made biscuits to candles around the sunken bath. Ok so there are moths and creepy crawlies aplenty (no mosquitos) - there are going to be, it’s the jungle after all and you quickly learn how to rub along with them. Each of the lodges has its own viewing deck from which to enjoy the spectacular scenery – there cannot be a more idyllic scene to wake up to. Delicious meals of the highest quality are served at the main lodge at times to suit the guests and you can eat by candlelight under the stars with the sounds of the bush as background music or under cover in the lounge if you prefer (but why would you ?) We did so much in the two days we were there – a guided tour of Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift, a traditional Zulu boma dinner with traditional dancing as entertainment and a great early morning game drive – and yet still found time to relax on our deck and soak in the beauty and tranquillity of the surroundings. After only 2 days, we were sad to leave and dearly want to return, for a much longer stay next time – frankly, I could have stayed there forever.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank padn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 6, 2010

We stayed here for two nights just before Christmas and to say it exceeded expectations is an underestimation. There are only 6 beehive rooms which are spread out around the top of the hill overlooking miles of game park. There is plenty of space around each one and you always feel as though you have the resort to yourself. The beehive suites themselves are the epitome of eco luxury. The beds are very comfortable. There's a lovely bath, massive shower, candles, biscuits, tea and coffee etc etc. Each suite has its own private viewing deck to just enjoy the view which is staggering. To wake up and look out and see it gives the day a great start and at night the star display is marvellous. There is a small infinity pool which shares the great view, a bar, outdoor dining area plus a library and a large lodge room with plenty of lounging space. The service is very very good and the food is really first class. Candy and Darren were marvellous hosts. I don't know how they prepare such wonderful cuisine in such a remote spot.
We booked the full day battlefields tour and saw Isandlawana and Rorke's Drift. To be honest, it was very very interesting but about 2 hours too long. A half day tour of both places is on offer and I would recommend that. We also enjoyed a zulu dinner in a nearby compound where we ate in the boma and local school children performed wonderful traditional dances for us. It was quite moving and totally uncommercial. The area is one of the poorest in South Africa and it is possible to sponsor a child for a school year for about £15. The game park is not the hugest but it is well stocked. We saw two types of wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, monkeys, many birds, antelope and pretty close. I highly recommend taking as many of the drives as you can fit in.
2 days just wasn't enough to take in everything this resort had to offer and we would love to return. Just to sit on your own deck and gaze out at the park with a sundowner is one of the great memories of Africa.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank alliebdive
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 14, 2009

We stayed two nights and had a great time. The huts are quite special and the view is amazing. When taken to our room we were told to watch out for George, the male giraffe, who would like to hang around down there. We though it was a joke for new guests - but half an hour later we sat on our terrace, enjoying the view, and spotted George. Our field guide was very nice and as we hadn't been on a game drive before he tried to explain as much as possible. The food the first night was amazing. I thought I wouldn't like lamb until I tried theirs. The second night we had a Zulu dinner and the Zulu girls ruled the place. We learned a lot about Zulu culture and the food was really good. Not only the managers but basically the whole staff was very friendly and hospitable. We had a very special time at Isibindi Zulu Lodge. As another reviewer mentioned the road is a dirt road, however, we didn't face any difficulties to reach the lodge with our non-4x4 car. I would send my family and best friends there, as we had a wonderful time. Thanks to the Isibindi team for a very special stay at a very special place!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Kay_Z_DE
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 16, 2009

We stayed at the Isibindi Lodge so I could fulfil a lifelong ambition and visit the Zulu Battlefields. My wife and ten year old son were dragged along under mild protest, but also enjoyed it. We had a wonderful stay over three nights and two days. Accommodation is in round chalets sleeping two (in our case two adults plus one child). Basic, but very comfortable and ensuite with a private verandah overlooking forest and bush. The lodge accommodates ca 14. Dinner is taken together in the main dining area, and had the atmosphere of an extended family. We enjoyed the company of the other guests - mostly Brits, but with some itinerant White Zimbabweans. On day one we took a trip to Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift with Mike Nel - highly recommended. The second day we took a 4 x 4 safari through the bush and across the Buffalo River by canoe to visit a Zulu village. That evening we walked down from the lodge to a reconstructed Zulu village for a display of dancing and a zulu meal. Food was great. Not so sure about the Zulu beer.
As our first time in Africa and near big game we were quite overwhelmed and I would go back again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Richard2UK
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 8, 2009

This property captures the character of Zulu building, life and traditions while maintaining top class levels of comfort and service.
It is conveniently located for Rorke's Drift and Islandlwana battlefield sites and also offers local game/wildlife viewing on foot or by 4x4, and opportunities to see and learn more of local Zulu culture.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank wdcw
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 11, 2009

We had 3 nights at the Isibindi Lodge, and had a marvellous time.

The lodges are really special, and the staff are so welcoming and friendly. The location is superb - walking around the game reserve is great, and we got to see quite a few different types of animals.

Our main reason for chosing the location was the proximity to the Battlefields. The tour organised for us did not disappoint, being very thorough and really informative. Although this was our main reason for chosing the lodge, it offered so much more, and we were really pleased we found it.

The hosts were great and the food was fabulous - one of us was a vegetarian, and we were both really well catered for.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank RBabroad
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Rorke's Drift
4 mi away
Fugitive's Drift Lodge and Guest House
5.8 mi away
Rorke's Drift Hotel
Rorke's Drift Hotel
#3 of 4 in Rorke's Drift
214 reviews
4.6 mi away
Rorke's Drift Lodge
Rorke's Drift Lodge
#2 of 4 in Rorke's Drift
266 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
9.1 mi away
Isandlwana Lodge
Isandlwana Lodge
#1 of 1 in Isandlwana
219 reviews
Show Prices

Been to Isibindi Zulu Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Address: 52 Osborn Road | Isibindi Eco Reserve, Rorke's Drift, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Rorke's Drift
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Rorke's Drift
Price Range: $386 - $418 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Isibindi Zulu Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 12 bed lodge is a peaceful, bushveld retreat with accommodation designed in an architectural celebration of the Zulu nation and offers a host of activities for those wanting to experience a combination of game viewing, Zulu culture and the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com, Travelocity, Priceline, Orbitz and Hotwire so you can book your Isibindi Zulu Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Isibindi Zulu Lodge South Africa/KwaZulu-Natal

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing