Isandlwana Lodge is within comfortable driving distance of several of Africa’s most spectacular game reserves, enabling guests to combine enjoyment of Zululand’s rich wildlife heritage as well as the living history of the battlefields.
The adjoining Umfolozo and Hluhluwe game reserves, (the most long-established on the continent), host ‘The Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), but are perhaps best known for the part they played in preventing the total extinction of Africa’s rhino population. Both the black and white species of rhino are found here.
Mkuzi game reserve (superb natural parkland beneath the Lebombo Mountains, is world famous for its abundance of bird life. More than 500 species of birds have been recorded in Mkuzi, where visitors are encouraged to use the numerous hides on the river bank and lakeside to view the passing panoply of wildlife.
Among numerous other reserves run by the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service, the newly proclaimed Itala Game Reserve in the north offers visitors an opportunity to mingle with herds of giraffe, zebra and an amazing variety of antelope in a unique setting of valleys surrounded by almost mystical rock formations, reminders of the wild and untamed Africa of yester-year.
Join us and historian Rob Gerrard on a tailor-made historic tour as we recapture all the rich detail of the history of Isandlwana and the surrounding areas.
Today Isandlwana nestles peacefully amongst the majestic beauty of the Zululand Hills, but in January 1879 it was the site of one of the most dramatic and enthralling events in the history of the Zulu Kingdom.
The Anglo Zulu War is an enduring story of courage and self-sacrifice, bloodshed and tragedy. Isandlwana Lodge is situated in the very heart of the historic locations where these remarkable events took place.
Rob Gerrard FRGS, and ex-Gordon Highlander, is our battlefields historian and we can organise custom made tours to numerous places of interest.
Today’s KwaZulu-Natal was not only the location on the Anglo Zulu War of 1879, but of many of the great Anglo Boer War Battles such as: Talana, Elandslaagte, Ladysmith, Colenso and Spioenkop. Future world leaders would come to the fore: Winston Churchill, Jan Smuts, Gen. Botha, and Mohandas Ghandi.
Isandlwana Lodge is well situated for visits to these historic battlefields.
The history of the Zulu people did not end in 1879. It is still a vibrant force today, and we can arrange for you to visit their homes and discover the Zulu way of life.
Enjoy their tribal dancing; taste their foods; visit a traditional khaya and admire the colourful art and craft work; perhaps even visit a local Sangoma.
We are also within easy reach of the beautiful emaKhosini Valley, where the story of the Zulu nation began. We can guide you through the graves of King Shaka’s ancestors, and take you to visit eMgungundlovu, the royal residence of King Dingane. You can also enjoy a visit to oNdini, the residence of King Cetshwayo, close to the Ulundi battlefield where the Anglo Zulu War ended on 4 July 1879.