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Posted on: Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Izibindi Zulu Lodge – gameviewing, battlefields and Zulu culture

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Isibindi Zulu Lodge in Rorke’s Drift, KwaZulu Natal, is a peaceful bushveld retreat with accommodation designed in an architectural celebration of the Zulu nation. It offers a host of activities for those wanting to experience a combination of gameviewing, battlefields and Zulu cultural experiences.

“We found Isibindi quite unique, with it’s beehive lodges and warm casual setting and atmosphere.  Darren and Candy and all the staff were ultra accommodating, friendly, helpful, and informative,  With Darren as the chef, the food was exceptional and the ambience of our dinner under the night sky was one of the highlights of our trip …

Our unaccompanied game walk in their reserve with Roger the giraffe, the zebras and the waterbuck was an unexpected adventure – And they were kind enough to provide us with a two way radio just for that added feeling of security.  We did the cultural tour which was heartwarming and a truly enriching experience.  We will return to Isibindi!!” – Ben and Kim Thirkield, Massachsusetts, USA

Isinbindi Zulu Lodge

Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated within the 4000 acre Isibindi Eco-Reserve which offers diverse habitats ranging from montane grassland and valley thornveld to riverine forests. The reserve is home to abundant indigenous game, morning and evening game drives are offered and there is excellent bird watching. It is also quite safe to walk or take a picnic along one of the meandering river beds and view Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, etc.

The 12 bed Lodge is a peaceful bushveld retreat with accommodation designed in an architectural celebration of the Zulu nation. Architecturally inspired by the traditional Zulu beehive shape, the beehive suites offer panoramic views of the game reserve and its diverse habitats ranging from montane grassland to riverine forests. Each Beehive suite has its own viewing deck overlooking the game reserve and the surrounding hills like Rorke’s Drift. All rooms are en-suite with separate bath and spacious shower.

Isibindi Zulu Lodge

The main lodge set amongst huge Buffalo Thorn Trees and dolorite boulders boasts a homely lounge with a large fireplace, a library, a unique bar carved out of a Wait-a-Bit Thorn Tree, a swimming pool with a view and spacious verandah. The privately set swimming pool has breathtaking views over the game reserve. Guests gather around the bar in the evenings to recall the days safari on the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields or a game walk on the game reserve.

Isibindi Zulu Lodge takes pride in its cuisine and has developed a reputation for its unique presentation of South African Fair. Breakfasts and lunches are either served al fresco at the swimming pool or on the verandah. Picnics can also be arranged for guests wishing to picnic on the reserve. Bush breakfasts can also be provided with prior arrangement; this will consist of a game drive with a break somewhere in the bush to enjoy a breakfast cooked to order …

Isibindi Zulu Lodge, for me, was more of a spiritual experience, as I have a great respect for old and traditional cultures. The kids of the village and especially Zama delivered an absolutely wonderful presentation of the Zulu life both past and present. The views from the rooms are beautiful. Rolling hills as far as the eye and management so friendly and informative. They have the right mix of professionalism, passion and knowledge – Amy, Sydney, Australia

To find out more visit Isibindi Zulu Lodge or contact Reservations on telephone: +27 (0)35 474-1473.

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