iSibindi Zulu Lodge iSibindi Zulu Lodge Accommodation in Eshowe Kwazulu Natal Description Only a stones throw from the famous Rorke s Drift Battlefield this luxurious lodge nestles among the thorny Acacias on the koppie at in the Isibindi Eco-Reserve. The traditional Zulu Bee-Hive styled huts provides luxurious and unique accommodation. Each hut is completely secluded and large French doors are the window to which you will waken, seeing the world as it was meant to be by the soft early morning light. Views are breathtaking and all the more stunning as they can be taken in at leisure while sitting in comfortable cane chairs on your own private wooden verandah. Each hut has en en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. Coffee and tea making facilities are provided in the rooms. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room and lounge area. There is a fully stocked honesty bar as well as a cool and comfortable verandah to sip those long G&T s on a hot summer days. At night you can have your drinks around a huge bonfire while waiting for your meal to be served. The dinner is a three course meal. All special dietary requirements are taken into account. Breakfast is a full English breakfast with fruit and muesli with yoghurt as a starter. Light lunches are available from noon. Teas and coffees are also available throughout the day. Directions from Dundee From the town of Dundee take the R33 towards Greytown. Travel for 45km before turning left at the Isibindi Eco-Reserve/Elandskraal. Travel 14km along this dirt road until you reach a turn-off to your left to Isibindi Eco-Reserve. Six km along this road you will find the entrance to the reserve on your right. Contact Details Paige & Brett Gehren +27 (0)35 474 1473 +27 (0)35 474 1490 +27 (0)82 466 8538 Enquire now View Rates View Directions Attractions Battlefield tours The battlefield tour starts at approximately 8h30 when guests head for Isandlwana, where the greatest defeat in British colonial history took place. Your historian describes the dramatic events of Isandlwana and surrounding area. After lunch, guests travel to Rorke's Drift where a picnic lunch is enjoyed. The events of Rorke's Drift (the battle proceeded from Isandlwana to Rorke's Drift later in the day) are described, as well as a short tour of the museum. At Rorke's Drift the men are rewarded for their bravery with no less than 11 Victoria Crosses, the most number of Victoria Crosses evr to be one in a single battle. As the dramatic events of the day unfold, guests begin to envisage the tragedy and the bravery of these extraordinary battles that took place in this remote corner of Zululand. Guest return to the lodge at approximately 16h00. Zulu Boma Dinner Starts at approximately 16h30 when guests walk down to the uMuzi (traditional village) situated some 500m from the lodge. A short tour of the village accustoms guest to the layout and traditional aspects of a homestead. This is followed by traditional dancing and singing by young local boys, throughout which the different dances and their symbolism is explained by a Zulu interpreter. At approximately 18h30 guests will be invited into one of the beehives to enjoy a meal of traditional foods and drinks. After dinner guests return to the lodge for tea and cake. Zulu Homestead Visit The Buffalo border is the Western boundary of the game reserve, across this boundary is traditional "Zululand". Guests are rowed across the river and then walked to a traditional homestead, largely unchanged for centuries, where a sangoma (Zulu witchdoctor) lives. A tour of the homestead is conducted by the sangoma who can also be encouraged to 'throw the bones', which is an ancient Zulu art of fortune telling and rain wishing. Game Drives & Walks Guest can enjoy early morning and evening game drives and safaris on the private game reserve. The numerous rivers that cut through the reserve and surrounding mountains make for some wonderfull scenery. Stop and ponder over the length of a giraffes neck or the twist in the magnificent Kudu's horns. Guests are also encouraged to do game walks, because there are none of the Big Five on the reserve making it quite safe to travel on foot.