iSibindi Zulu Lodge

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iSibindi Zulu Lodge Accommodation in Eshowe Kwazulu Natal

Name of hostsRhino Post Safari Lodge
Tel:+27 (0)35 474 1473
Cell+27 (0)82 466 8538
Emailres@isibindi.co.za
Webwww.isibindiafrica.co.za

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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.

Accommodation

Rooms and units

Beehive Suites 6

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Inspired by traditional Zulu architecture, the six delightful beehive suites afford rolling views of the Isibindi Eco-reserve and Zululand. Each Beehive is en-suite with its own verandah.

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.

Activities Nearby
Bird Watching, Health & Fitness, Horse Riding, Paddling - Whitewater-Rafting, River Rafting/Expedition, Walking

Nearby Attractions

Battlefields tours to Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana 5.0 km
Game Drives and Walks 0.0 km
Zulu cultural experiences & meals 0.0 km
Panoramic Tours 20.0 km

 

Directions

From Johannesburg (approximately 4 and a half hours) Take the N3 highway out of Johannesburg to Durban. Pass Heidelberg and just before the tollgate take the off ramp to Villiers. Turn left and then right onto the R103. Stay on this road, then take the turn off to Vrede and turn left onto the R34. Bypass Vrede. Continue on the R34, through Memel and towards Newcastle. Go through Newcastle and follow the signs to Ladysmith/Dundee (N11). After approximately 20kms, turn left towards Dannhauser/Dundee on the R621. At the T-junction, Dannhauser Bridge is on your right and a Shell service station is directly in front of you. Turn left to Dundee, still following the R621. At the next T-junction, turn left again onto the R68 to Dundee. Pass through Dundee, entering the town Karel Landman Street, then turn left at the traffic circle into Victoria Street. At the second robot (traffic light), there is a BP garage to your left on the corner, turn right. This is the R33 to Greytown. Travel approximately 45km on this tarred road. You will pass 2 x Rorke’s Drift signs along the way – ignore them! When you see the iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve sign and the Elandskraal sign on your left, turn left onto the dirt road. Continue on this dirt road for approximately 14km. Once you have passed a stone church and cemetery on your left, turn left to Rorke’s Drift. If you pass a Zulu trading store on your right, you have GONE TOO FAR! After approximately 6km you will see the iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve sign on your left – a few metres further you will see a large black gate indicating the entrance on the right. Press the buzzer and Reception will open the automatic gate for you. Follow the dirt track all the way to the top of the “koppie”or hill, where you will see the parking area on your left. Welcome to iSiBiNDi! From Durban (approximately 4 and a half hours) Take the N3 out of Durban to Pietermaritzburg/Harrismith. Once in the Pietermaritzburg area, go past the Durban off-ramp and take the Church Street/Greytown R33 off ramp. Head towards Greytown, following the R33 past Albert Falls Dam, through New Hanover and Seven Oaks. Pass straight through Greytown and head towards Dundee, following the R33. You will pass through Keate’s Drift, Tugela Ferry and Pomeroy. We suggest you do this trip by daylight as the route is poorly lit, the road is steep and winding and there may be stray animals on the road. Approximately 11kms after Pomeroy when you see the iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve and the Elandskraal sign on your left, turn right onto the dirt road. Continue along this road for approximately 14kms. Continue on this dirt road for approximately 14km. Once you have passed a stone church and cemetery on your left, turn left to Rorke’s Drift. If you pass a Zulu trading store on your right, you have GONE TOO FAR! After approximately 6km you will see the iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve sign on your left – a few metres further you will see a large black gate indicating the entrance on the right. Press the buzzer and Reception will open the automatic gate for you. Follow the dirt track all the way to the top of the “koppie”or hill, where you will see the parking area on your left. Welcome to iSiBiNDi! Alternatively, from Durban take the N3 to Ladysmith. See above directions from Johannesburg, however read from line 4 (but turn right, not left off the N11 towards Dannhauser/Dundee) and continue as per directions. From Northern KZN Option 1 Proceed South towards Richards Bay on the N2. Take the Empangeni turnoff and when you reach a set of robots (traffic lights), turn right and pass through the town, going straight all the way through past several robots. On leaving Empangeni, you will be heading towards Nkwaleni. Travel for approximately 47kms where you’ll reach a T-intersection which indicates the towns of Nkwaleni and Eshowe to your left and Melmoth to your right. Turn right and travel for approximately 27km on the R66 to Melmoth. Drive straight through the town and after 2-3kms turn left for Babanago. Continue for approximately 27kms, when you will suddenly see a faint sign on the lefthand side of the road, indicating a righthand turn towards Babanago. This is easy to miss, so keep an eye out. Turn right and continue for another 33kms to the town of Babanago. This part of the road experiences low level cloud and mist so take care! Once you arrive in Babanago you will come to a four way stop. Turn left towards Nqutu. After approximately 42kms you will see a sign indicating Isandlwana Battlefields. Turn left onto the dirt road and proceed for approximately 16kms. You will pass Isandlwana Lodge on your right, but keep proceeding now towards Rorke’s Drift. Take a left at the Rorke’s Drift sign (D30) and travel for another 9kms. You will cross the Buffalo River. Shortly after at the T-junction turn left towards Rorke’s Drift again. Pass the Museum and battlefield sites and continue through the town for another 10kms. You will see several iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve signs showing you where to go. Pass Fugitive’s Drift. ISiBiNDi Lodge will be on your left hand side a few kilometres later. a few metres further you will see a large black gate indicating the entrance on the right. Press the buzzer and Reception will open the automatic gate for you. Follow the dirt track all the way to the top of the “koppie”or hill, where you will see the parking area on your left. Welcome to iSiBiNDi! Option 2 From Pongola head south on the R66 towards Vryheid. After approximately 23kms, turn right onto the R69 to Vryheid. Travel for 106kms. Bypass the town of Vryheid and head for Dundee on the R34 which after 25kms turns into the R33. Travel for a further 41kms until you reach Dundee. From Dundee follow directions as per from Johannesburg above. From Mpumalanga/Kruger Park From the Kruger Park, head towards Hazyview, taking the R40 or R538 towards White River, then Nelspruit. Take the N4 towards Machadodorp. Turn off to Carolina on the R36. At Carolina take the R33 east towards Swaziland. After approximately 37km it will join with the N17 at the village of Warburton. Leave the N17 and continue with the R33 southwards. Pass through Amsterdam and continue until the R33 joins with the N2 South and passes through Piet Retief. Then leaving the N2 again, continue with the R33 southwards through Paulpietersbug/Vryheid and on towards Dundee. Once in Dundee, the R33 becomes Victoria Street. At the second set of robots (traffic lights) on Victoria (the intersection with Wilson Street), there is a BP service station across the corner. Turn left into Wilson Street and continue out of town. The road once again becomes the R33. Head towards Greytown for approximately 45kms, passing the town of Helpmekaar. You will pass Rorke’s Drift signs along the way – ignore them! When you see the iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve sign and the Elandskraal sign on your left, turn left onto the dirt road. Continue on this dirt road for approximately 14km. Once you have passed a stone church and cemetery on your left, turn left to Rorke’s Drift. If you pass a Zulu trading store on your right, you have GONE TOO FAR! After approximately 6km you will see the iSiBiNDi Eco Reserve sign on your left – a few metres further you will see a large black gate indicating the entrance on the right. Press the buzzer and Reception will open the automatic gate for you. Follow the dirt track all the way to the top of the “koppie”or hill, where you will see the parking area on your left. 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. Welcome to iSiBiNDi! Safe travelling! Reservations Office: 035 474 1473 A/H: 082 466 8538 Lodge direct number: 034 642 1620

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