DAY 3 - Zulu Homestead Visit

Arrive at Isibindi Zulu Lodge midday. Meet in the main lodge for tea and set off for an afternoon game drive and sunset.

Overnight: Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Situated in the private iSibindi Eco-Reserve, in the heart of the Anglo-Zulu battlefields, this 12 bed lodge is a unique combination of exclusive accommodation, wildlife, historical and cultural tours. 
​Guests are invited to explore the game reserve’s diverse habitat during the morning or evening game drives or walks. The fascinating history of the area with the close battlefield sites of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift can be explored on a day trip with one of our local historians.

Guided game drives and walks are available on request and subject to availability. All drives are in open game viewing vehicles. The game farm can also be explored on foot as we have no dangerous predators. 
We have 18 species of hoofed mammals on the reserve. The birdlife here is abundant and extremely rewarding for keen birders.


​The Battlefields tour includes a description of the context of the Anglo-Zulu War and events leading up to the outbreak of hostilities in January 1879. The battlefield tour starts at approximately 08h30 when guests are collected by their guide and head for Isandlwana. This battle was considered the greatest defeat in British colonial history and as the dramatic events of the day unfold, guests begin to envisage the tragedy and the bravery of this extraordinary battle that took place during a solar eclipse.

At approximately 12h00 guests travel to Rorke's Drift to enjoy a picnic lunch. The events of Rorke's Drift (the battle proceeded from Isandlwana to Rorke's Drift later in the same day) are described, as well as a short tour of the museum. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded at Rorke’s Drift for bravery, this being the largest amount awarded to any single regiment in British history.

​Depart the lodge at 08:30 for Isandlwana tour. At around 12:00 depart to Rorke's Drift for picnic lunch and tour. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon for sunset drinks at the pool and dinner.

Overnight: Isibindi Zulu Lodge

  DAY 1 - Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Highlights of the Tour 

 About the "Battlefields" of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

  DAY 2 - Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift

​A full day tour departing after breakfast, includes visits to a traditional Zulu trading store and Zulu village. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon and round the day off with a Zulu Boma Dinner 

Overnight: Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Camp

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.

 Itinerary - 3 Nights / 4 Days

Accommodation

6 luxury beehive suites, architecturally inspired by the traditional beehive shape, offer panoramic views of the game reserve, en-suite with bath & shower. Overhead fans & heaters. 

 About Isibindi Zulu Lodge







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The Anglo-Zulu War was fought in 1879 between the British and the Zulus. Following Lord Carnarvon's successful introduction of federation in Canada, it was thought that similar political effort, coupled with military campaigns, might succeed with the African kingdoms, tribal areas and Boer republics in South Africa. In 1874, Sir Henry Bartle Frere was sent to South Africa as High Commissioner for the British Empire to bring such plans into being. Among the obstacles were the presence of the independent states of the South African Republic and the Kingdom of Zululand and its army. Frere, on his own initiative, without the approval of the British government and with the intent of instigating a war with the Zulu, had presented an ultimatum on 11 December 1878, to the Zulu king Cetshwayo with which the Zulu king could not comply. Bartle Frere then sent Lord Chelmsford to invade Zululand. The war is notable for several particularly bloody battles, including a stunning opening victory by the Zulu at the Battle of Isandlwana, as well as for being a landmark in the timeline of imperialism in the region. The war eventually resulted in a British victory and the end of the Zulu nation's independence.

Zulu Homestead Visit starts at the Elandskraal Store, which is a traditional Zulu trading store where you can buy pots, curios and mingle with the locals. From there you go to a farmhouse to meet a family that have traditionally farmed for generations. This is followed by a visit to a local village halfway between Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. The tour is never the same as the guide will visit real zulu villages and enquire if the inhabitants are available for a visit – particularly when it comes to the community elders such as the Sangoma (traditional healer). If he/she is home, the will invite you into their house and explain the beliefs and practices. After this the tour visits the nearby Museum for a picnic lunch. 

DAY 4 - Departure

Enjoy the morning exploring around the reserve before a hearty breakfast and departure.

"Battlefields"

3 Nights / 4 Days