Isandlawana Lodge, KwaZulu Natal.


This is how cold it was when we arrived at Isandlwana Lodge.
Even the dassies (Rock Hyrax) were huddled together.
When the lodge was originally built there were about 25,
now there are over 200 of these small mammals.
An interesting fact about this animal,
is that its closest living relative is the African Elephant.

This is the entrance to this stunning lodge,
the only one actually built on a battlefield.

Our room…
It had a very comfortable bed, which was all that we actually required.
Most of our time here was spent visiting the battlefields.

A cosy chair to relax in.

A well appointed bathroom.
No bath, but it does have a spacious shower.

All of the rooms have a balcony that overlooks
the area where the battle of Isandlwana took place.

Looking back into our room from the balcony

The hill on the right is where the British were encamped
and where the majority of the fighting took place.

The reception area and lounge.
This whole area also looks out towards the battlefields.

Upstairs, on a mezzanine floor, is a small library and internet area.

The “heart” of the lodge…
The bar.

The deck behind the dining room.

The pool did look inviting,
but it was FAR to cold to actually take the plunge.

There are 16 old pier pillars that have been incorporated
into the lodge design.
These have all been named after important Zulus from the war

The lodge has a wrap-around balcony that allows guests
 to gaze out over the battlefields.

Dinner is served.
The dining area is used for all meals,
but in the evening it takes on a wonderful relaxed ambience.

The food is tasty, home made and well presented.
Not a “fine dining” offering, but filling.
Just what was required after a busy day on the battlefield.
On a personal note, I would have liked more of a choice at lunch.
even if it was only a toasted sandwich.

What the Zulu army would have been looking at back in 1879.

I am CERTAIN that the Zulu warriors were not served THIS
on the night before the battle.
The Lodge sits in the lee of Nyoni Rock,
from where the “head and chest” of the Zulu Impi attacked.

A full moon through the fire.
The lodge in the dying afternoon sunlight.
I jokingly said to Shane, GM of the Lodge, that I wished
 that the battles had been fought closer to a main road.
But, of course, there was no N3 back in 1879.
That being said, we arrived via Ladysmith,
and went home via Newcastle.
Both roads are in the process of being repaired.
The former seems to be complete,
the latter still has a couple of “stop and go”
roadworks that might cause some delays.
I can highly recommend a stay at this Lodge.
We also did a battlefield tour with one of their resident guides,Dalton.
Seeing the battles from a Zulu perspective was enlightening.

I have been asked to speak at this conference in Cape Town
Very excited as it is a first for me.

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