Isandlwana Lodge

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5.0
#1 of 1 lodge in Isandlwana
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Among the rolling hills of Zululand, cut into the rock face, lies Isandlwana Lodge, overlooking the battlefield and plains where the Zulus defeated the British in the first major battle of the Anglo-Zulu war. Enjoy unparalleled views from the crisp early light of a sparkling Zulu dawn to the splendour of the African sunset. Isandlwana Lodge offers twelve luxury rooms all en-suite and tastefully decorated in a mixture of traditional and modern styles. All rooms face the historic and scenically beautiful Isandlwana plain with a view of the mountain. The magnificent views are pervasive, whether you’re sipping on sundowners on the upper veranda, enjoying the privacy of your own balcony, or indulging in a skilfully prepared meal in the high ceilinged dining room. Although tours with Dalton are a must, guests can also retreat to the comfort of the library to delve deeper into the region’s history, or recall the gripping events with other similar-minded visitors in the comfortable lounge and bar areas. Or simply cool off in the rock pool and soak in the endless vistas!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Patio
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Electric kettle
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu

Location

Isandlwana 3005 South Africa
Getting there
King Shaka Intl Airport
148.2 km
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Tour538783 wrote a review Apr 2023
4 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel was one of the standout experiences from our trip to South Africa. We arrived late at the hotel as we had landed in Durban about 1800 and the weather en route to the hotel was very foggy but were instantly made welcome with food and drink. The hotel is an amazing structure built into the hillside with marvellous views over the battlefield area of Isandlwana. Our room named after the then Zulu King was very comfortable with the same fantastic views and a lovely quiet balcony. We could watch the cattle being moved early in the morning and returning home at night.

We stayed three nights, choosing to visit Isandlwana battlefield on our first morning and Rorkes Drift in the afternoon. It was fascinating to hear about the battles and see the geographical location of where the different parties were. Dalton, our guide, made the whole experience come alive. He is a Zulu and the great grandson of the then local chief but presented the information about why the battles took place giving information about the breviaries on both sides.

Everyone at the lodge made us so welcome and were very attentive to our every need. We had a much needed rest the second day, enjoying a swim and being able to take in the wonderful views. The food was outstanding. A wonderful experience.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All the rooms seem to have the same wonderful views. Just arrive and relax!
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Paul C wrote a review Mar 2023
Milan, Italy25 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This exceptional hotel is a jewel in the KwaZulu Natal crown. The Lodge nestles in the hills overlooking the KZ battlefields offering fantastic views of the whole area. The highest quality of accomodation and restaurant service are offered with outstanding KZN decor throughout. Ten out of ten.

The battlefield tour was a little protracted but offered a detailed insight into this historic location. Well done Dalton.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Francis C wrote a review Apr 2022
Hawkhurst, United Kingdom551 contributions244 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Delightful lodge built in the rocks. Met by Ros who made us very welcomed. Our room was fabulous with a large window with a view straight over the area. The food was delicious during our stay. Coffee and tea were available and guided tours by Dalton were available
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Dave OHalloran, General Manager at Isandlwana Lodge
Responded 12 Sept 2022
Thank you for your kind words. It was a great pleasure
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jenen58 wrote a review Feb 2020
Dublin, Ireland26 contributions19 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 2 nights . The lodge is beautiful in a wonderful setting and the tour of the battlefields was excellent . Sadly this is all let down by the worst quality food we have had in S.A. As well as been badly prepared they used the cheapest ingredients . Which for what we paid was a real let down . Pool area also needs some attention loose boards on decking etc.

But the really worst part was the attitude of the manager Shane. There was another couple and ourselves staying . There was confusion over a bill for wine with an extra bottle being charged for which we didn’t have . When the receptionist tried to discuss it with him . He very rudely said if it’s the waitresses mistake she can pay for it . We were all very upset with the way he spoke to and treated his staff. Because of this and the problems with the food we would not recommend this to lodge to anyone .
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Dave OHalloran, General Manager at Isandlwana Lodge
Responded 12 Sept 2022
Thank you for your honesty in rating the lodge. The lodge is now under new management and I can assure you that all comments have been addressed. The pool is currently undergoing a revamp and should be completed by the end of September.
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bennis998516 wrote a review Feb 2020
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The location was wonderful.
the lodge the lounge and rooms were very good the pool area needed a good clean.
Where it fell down was the quality and quantity of the food in relation to the price charged.
The lack of courtesy and attention by mamanagement in the evenings to their guests was not acceptable compared to other locations we stayed during our vacation.
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Date of stay: February 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Dave OHalloran, General Manager at Isandlwana Lodge
Responded 12 Sept 2022
I thank you for your comments. Down fall has been addressed.
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Journey798957 wrote a review Dec 2022
Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom8 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an amazing trip here in Aug 22. The staff and facilities really couldn't do enough. We had a most enjoyable stay. The setting of the lodge is unbeatable, the views from the deck and the room balcony was fantastic. We made the most of the trips available to Rorke's Drift and having been to SA a few times now have to say it's one of my highlights. When we went back to Ballito we spoke about our trip and all our friends were discussing how they felt they'd not realised the places to go on their doorstep. Hopefully some of them will take our recommendation and book in at Isandlwana Lodge
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Linda G wrote a review Nov 2022
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom184 contributions178 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful stay.
Arrival. Easy to find and the minor road to the lodge was fine. Great security man, very friendly, very good reception who explained the lodge and showed us to our room.
Room. Amazing, huge comfy bed, lovely bathroom and the most fantastic view.
Food. We are both vegetarian, the food was excellent, hot and freshly cooked.
Tour. We did a battlefield tour to Islandwana and then onto Rorke’s drift organised by the lodge. The guide was excellent.
This is a very special place to stay.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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simon p wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom21 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for two nights in January. We received a warm welcome, despite being two hours late, and were shown to our very nice room after a welcome drink. We had a lovely meal with super wine and admired the fantastic view over the battlefield. The next day we did the excellent battlefields tour before returning to the lodge in the evening for another lovely meal.
The welcome, food, drink and view are second to none. A highlight of our tour of KZN
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All were lovely
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Response from Dave OHalloran, General Manager at Isandlwana Lodge
Responded 12 Sept 2022
We appreciate you comments. Thank you
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aliste600751 wrote a review Sept 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Myself, my father and two sons stayed at the hotel for two nights
Great food,great location,really helpfull staff . Many thanks to Dave,Ricardo and the team.
They even found a video of Zulu dawn for us to watch on the second night.!
Would def recommend.a stay here ...Views from the rooms to the battlefield are awesome. .
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Dave OHalloran, General Manager at Isandlwana Lodge
Responded 12 Sept 2022
Thank you for you kind words. Was a great pleasure hosting you and your sons.
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Mark L wrote a review Nov 2021
39 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a delightful experience, can't tell me any other lodge is better for the Battlefields! Lie in Ned and scan over the landscape feeling the battle, seeing those Graves. Food absolutely delightful and yummy! Clean and friendly, helpful staff. Tour guide, Dalton, was a great story teller and knowledgeable.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Sunscreen for hot days
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Response from Dave OHalloran, General Manager at Isandlwana Lodge
Responded 12 Sept 2022
We appreciate your kind words.
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Tour538783 wrote a tip Apr 2023
4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms seem to have the same wonderful views. Just arrive and relax!"
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Wylie Norwich wrote a tip Feb 2023
United Kingdom121 contributions57 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms have great views."
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Mark L wrote a tip Nov 2021
39 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Sunscreen for hot days"
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simon p wrote a tip Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom21 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All were lovely"
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carole l wrote a tip Nov 2019
Knysna, South Africa9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"They are all the same overlooking the battlefield"
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PRICE RANGE
R 10,205 - R 10,874 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
isandlwana hotel isandlwana
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalIsandlwana
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Isandlwana Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Isandlwana Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Isandlwana Lodge?
Top room amenities include a desk, a view of a nearby landmark, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Isandlwana Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Isandlwana Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Isandlwana Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Isandlwana Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.
Are there any historical sites close to Isandlwana Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fugitive's Drift (9.0 km).