My husband and I have just returned from a 2 night stay at Isandlwana Lodge and loved every minute of our time there.
The journey from Johannesburg was long but on the whole an easy drive. The sight of the Lodge tucked into the cliff-face overlooking Isandhlwana and the battle fields, was spectacular. Our luggage was taken up the hill for us and a welcome drink awaited us while we checked in.
Ros and Shane are very warm hosts and all the staff are lovely, specially our waitress, Patricia.
Our room was spacious and comfortable and having our own private balcony overlooking Isandlwana was wonderful.
After exploring the Lodge which is more intimate than I expected, we were so impressed with its construction right up against the cliff- face. The many photos and paintings of the battle on the walls were fascinating.
After a delicious dinner we enjoyed a good sleep and were up in time for a full day with our Zulu guide, Dalton. He was a mine of information and how he remembered dates and times and names was amazing. After breakfast, he sat us down on the wrap-around balcony overlooking the battle- fields and gave us a wonderful background talk, showing what happened that day at Isandlwana did not happen in isolation but was the culmination of a series of events over many years.
Dalton then took us by landrover to the foot of the "hill" and sat us on camping chairs under the shade of an acacia to point out exactly what happened and when. It was as though the story came alive and we were spell-bound.
After allowing us time to walk around the grave sights marked by white cairns, which we found very moving, we were taken back to the lodge for a light lunch.
At 2pm Dalton fetched us again and drove us to Rorke's Drift where we visited the little museum there and then once again, sat in our chairs under a tree, while Dalton recounted the amazing events of the Battle of Rourke's Drift.
We were back at the hotel by 5:30 and after a well-needed shower, were ready for another lovely meal served to us by the delightful Patricia. We very reluctantly left for Johannesburg the next morning, with our heads filled with amazing historical facts and our stomachs filled with great food!
Thank you everyone concerned for an unforgettable 2 days!
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