Isandlwana Lodge – The Pride of the Battlefields

We were recently invited to stay at the incredible Isandlwana Lodge for a weekend. Growing up, I was never really interested in what happened in South Africa’s history. Well, the weekend away changed that all, and really broadened my mind!

One of the highlights of this place was that it’s uniquely placed, overlooking the distinctive Isandlwana Rock. This is where the famous battle between the British and the 24 000-strong Zulu army took place on 22 January 1879. It’s the only private lodge situated in such close proximity to an actual Battlefield!


Built to look as if  it were growing out of the Nyoni rockface, Isandlwana Lodge really captures all the drama and texture of the area’s rich history. It offers total relaxation, comfort and luxury in all of its 12 en-suite bedrooms. Each bedroom has sweeping panoramac views of the rural Zululand plains and the famous battlefield site which is the same view that the Zulu commander, Ntshingwaya saw from the cliffs in 1879. 

We thoroughly enjoyed the views and ambience of the Lodge from the pool-deck and verandah, with amazing outlooks of the open plains and mountains in the distance! The photos speak for themselves… you’re left feeling in awe.


For newly-weds, Isandlwana Lodge is an original and exciting honeymoon destination. Offering the perfect combination of precious time together in the comfort of the lodge or exploring the area on one of the informative tours. It’s also the perfect venue for executive conferences or team-building getaways of up to 10 people and is equipped with all the essential conference infrastructure.

The Isandlwana Guesthouse is an attractive, thatched roof building offering economical accommodation for families and small groups. This can be rented as a three bedroom, two-bathroom house or as two separate units.


A visit to Isandlwana Lodge ticks the box for a wide variety of visitors. Whether you’re a a history buff, a hiker, a bird-watcher or a horse rider, it caters for everyone. A host of activities include guided Battlefield and Cultural Tours (both walking and driven); Mountain-biking, Horse-riding, Hiking Trails and Photographic Outings.


Easily accessible from Durban, Johannesburg and northern KwaZulu-Natal on tar roads, Isandlwana Lodge is an all year-round destination.

Definitely a place for your bucket list!