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Isandlwana Lodge
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Great location looking over the village and battlefield itself - you cant help but love this African experience! Lovely lodge and a really knowledgeable guide Rob Gerrard brought our tour of Rorke's Drift alive. Fantastic friendly and helpful staff who go the extra mile - when our next accommodation fell through at short notice they couldnt do enough to help us. We only stayed one night - not long enough! We booked direct, a bit of a challenge but worth persevering as we would definitely recommend and would go back.

Room Tip: Number 1 if you can but they are all lovely!
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 31, 2012 via mobile

From the moment you arrive, you are made to feel special and welcome. The battlefield tours guided by resident historian Rob Gerrard were the absolute icing on the cake. His passion and knowledge are unsurpassed and completely compliment the location and standard of the Lodge. The staff are attentive, friendly and engaging and the standard of accommodation will not dissappoint. Altogether we spent 3 fantastic nights there and now need to find an excuse to return!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We stayed at Isandlwana for 3 nights in May 2012. The location of the lodge is stunning, overlooking the battlefield of Isandlwana. The room we stayed in (room 1 - Cetshwayo) was very good. The staff at the lodge were so friendly and helpful. We had a great cultural tour with Gloria (who also served in the resturant). We had a day touring the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rooke's Drift with the lodges Historian, Rob Gerrard. What a great experience. He really made the battles come alive with the way he told the story of how the battles happened. It was the highlight of the holiday for me. Food was excellent as well. This is a really special place to stay and we would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 1, which had a great view of the battlefield
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

A truly beautiful boutique hotel, with all your comforts catered for. Very nice rooms with beautiful views. You truly feel like you are in Africa in this setting. We didn't go on any of the tours (as we had been on them via Fugative's Drift a few years ago) but were impressed by the snippets we overheard as Rob Gerrard gave the background to booked guests. It is definitely the best location for doing the Isandlwana battlefield tour. You have a magnificent view over the battlefield from the lodge, that is situated on the plateau from where the Zulu commanders led the battle. It's a very moving and spiritual place with white cairns wherever a soldier fell. The food was excellent and they were very obliging in their catering for our specific needs. They have winter specials that are really reasonable and we look forward to going again next year. Excellent value.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms overlook the battlefield, but do ask for one specifically. We were in room 5 a...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

We have stayed at the lodge on four occasions and look forward to returning soon. Rob Gerrard and Dalton are excellent guides and provide a fascinating insight to the battles, from both perspectives.
Should you have the time, I would recommend visiting the Mangeni Falls, Fugitives Trail and the local Zulu school.
I would also suggest a minimum three night stay, you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Corner rooms are larger.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

A truly amazing place. We were welcomed from the moment we arrived. The staff need to be commended - everyone (Andre went to great trouble to give us directions from the bush and the always the extra mile on service). The food was fresh and beautifully prepared, the rooms were fantastic and had everything we needed including lovely fresh fruit. We witnessed an incredible electric storm from the balcony - the viewpoint spectacular both night and day. Rob was a brilliant guide and brought to life the battlefields. He painted a picture with words that we will never forget. Gave great context of the landscape, the smells ... the sounds and the feelings during battle - his knowledge was exceptional. My three English guests enjoyed the whole experience and found it very moving from their historical point of view and it increased my knowledge. I would strongly recommend using Rob in any tour of the battlefields. We would do it all again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Isandlwana Lodge

Address: Portion 20 of Reserve No: 18 No:15838 | Nqutu, Isandlwana 3005, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Isandlwana
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Isandlwana
Price Range: $484 - $542 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Isandlwana Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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 
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