Isibindi Zulu Lodge

The Zulu Lodge in Isibindi Game Reserve is characterised by different habitats which include montane grassland, valley thornveld and riverine forests. It is home to an abundance of plains game as well as Giraffe, Zebra and Wildebeest. Guests enjoy morning and evening safari drives as well as excellent bird watching opportunities. Leisure walks and lovely picnics along the meandering river beds can also be arranged. Located in proximity to the Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift where British and Zulu armies clashed.

Inspired by its architecture by the traditional beehive shape of the Zulu's, the popular Beehive Suites provide scenic views of the surrounding game reserve. Each of these suites features its private viewing deck and is complete with en-suite bathrooms (separate bath and spacious shower). The Honeymoon suite features a romantic sunken stone bath. The accommodation units are individually set along the ridge to ensure tranquillity and privacy.

Room features:

  • Double and twin beds
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Separate bath
  • Spacious shower
  • Sunken stone bath (Honeymoon Suite only)
  • Viewing deck
  • Overhead fans
  • Hairdryer.


The main lodge is set amongst large Buffalo Thorn Trees and boulders featuring a welcoming lounge with a large fireplace, a cosy library, a modern bar which has been carved out of a Wait-a-Bit Thorn Tree, an outdoor swimming pool and a large verandah. From the swimming pool, beautiful views over the game reserve can be admired. The delicious breakfasts and lunches are served either al fresco at the swimming pool or on the outdoor verandah.


  • Dining venues
  • Boma
  • Lounge with a large fireplace
  • Library
  • Bar
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Verandah.


The thrilling guided safari drives as well as walks are available on request and are subject to availability. Conducted in open wildlife viewing vehicles, guests enjoy all around views of the wildlife and the beautiful scenery. As there are no dangerous predators on the reserve, guests may also embark on a walk.

There are 18 species of hoofed mammals on the nature reserve, which include:

Giraffe, the Burchell’s Zebra, the Black Wildebeest (White-tailed Gnu), the Blue Wildebeest (Common Gnu), the Red Hartebeest as well as Nyala, Bushbuck, Blesbok, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Impala, Kudu, Grey Duiker, Steenbok and Warthog.

The Buffalo River offers excellent fishing with both the Barbel and Yellowfish (Scaly) found here. Guests should bring their fishing equipment, including bait. The transport to the river is about a 5km walk or can be driven by 4 x 4 vehicle.


  • Daily Safari Drives
  • Guided Walks
  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching
  • Zulu Boma Dinner - minimum two-night stay
  • Zulu Cultural Tours
  • Battlefield Tours
  • Tubing in rivers (summer)
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Mountain Biking (provide your bikes).

Nearby attractions:

  • Talana Museum (mining history, Dundee and the battle of Talana)
  • Battle of Blood River (Anglo-Boer Battlefield in Dundee)
  • Elandskraal Store
  • Shine High School (Rorke’s Drift)
  • Rorke’s Drift Craft Centre (Rorke's Drift)
  • Traditional Zulu curio shop (Fugitives Road).

Battlefield tours

Visitors have the opportunity to participate in the guided tours of the Anglo-Zulu battlefields. These tours are to be pre-booked so that arrangements can be made with iSibindi Zulu Lodge's preferred guides to take the trips. The battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift provide an in-depth insight into the rich history in this region of South Africa.

Zulu Culture & History

This lodge provides the chance to learn about South Africa's Zulu culture and traditions as they are practised in Zululand today. A memorable Zulu Boma Dinner starts during sunset when guests are led down a path to the beat of drums. Passing through to the clearing, visitors come across a true Zulu uMuzi (village) with dancing Zulu children.

The traditional dances with their roles in the Zulu culture are explained amid the dynamic displays. The separate day trip to one of the Zulu Homestead provides guests with a rare chance to experience the life of a rural Zulu family which has mostly been unchanged over many years since Shaka Zulu forged this nation.

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Stay 3 pay 2 special

 This is an ideal destination for a mid-week or weekend getaway. Isibindi Zulu Lodge is an intimate lodge with 6 beehive suites set on a private Game Reserve where you are free to explore.

Wonderful birding, tubing on the rivers, picnic lunches, explore local Zulu Cultural sites, visit the famous battlefields of Isandlawana & Rorke's Drift. Good clean country air & home cooking.

Stay for three nights and only pay for two, receive one free night. This offer is valid May and June 2018 and May and June 2019.

Included in the rate:

  • accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, one daily game drive or walk and a Zulu Boma Dinner on a 2 night stay. Each guest is entitled to 1 of the following on an evening game drive, glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink

Excluded from the rate:

  • Excludes park fees
  • Drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for May & June 2018 and May & June 2019
  • Only valid for a minimum 3 night stay
  • Subject to availability