Christmas is a time for giving. For those wanting to celebrate somewhere special and unusual – and enjoy the spirit of giving, there can be no better place than rural Africa.
The perfect alternative to a white Christmas in the UK has to be a visit to Isandlwana Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. A special and memorable highlight of a Christmas stay at Isandlwana is the Annual Candy Run to the local Zulu village on Christmas morning.
This tradition was started at the lodge in 2002 and is enjoyed by guests and staff alike, as guest often remark afterwards – it encompasses “What Christmas is all about”. The faces say it all!
Every Christmas day the Candy Run offers guests staying at the hotel the chance to get involved by visiting the local villages and handing out candy.
They receive a wonderfully warm welcome and the locals say it’s the highlight of their Christmas. It’s a lovely way to spend Christmas and give something back to the local community.
The staff go all out to assure guests of an unusual and special Festive Season.
This may include a scrumptious Christmas Eve dinner, a fabulous brunch on Christmas Day after the candy run, a fireworks display on New Year’s Eve, entertainment from a Zulu dance team, fascinating battlefield tours or a visit to the local village where you will have a chance to meet the most hospitable Zulus.
All activities and events are planned with the up most care and will be sure to please all who participate!
About the Lodge: The lodge is environmentally sound and supportive of their local community.
A striking lodge, carved into the side of iNyoni Rock near to the historic 1879 Anglo-Zulu battlefield site, Isandlwana is steeped in colonial history and offers magnificent views over Zululand.
Ideally located for exploration of the nearby battlefields of Rorke’s Drift, Fugitives Drift and Isandlwana itself, there is a rock pool for a refreshing dip, and a comfortable lounge makes a convivial venue for sundowners before dinner in the restaurant.
12 rooms, 3Â½ hours from Durban airport, restaurant, lounge, rock pool, local tours and activities.
The Isandlwana Community Tribal Trust was formed so that funds earned from the lodge could be used for schools, clinics or other projects, which benefit the entire community.
The trust receives a percentage of gross turnover of the lodge and they can own up to 10% of the shares.
During construction 80 local people worked on the project and there are presently 23 staff members from the village working at the lodge.
Kuoni 01306 747008 or www.kuoni.co.uk offers 4 nights on full board basis at the Isandlwana Lodge, South Africa in a standard room, including flights with South African Airways from London Heathrow with group transfers in resort. Price for Dec 2010 (22-27 Dec 2010) from Â£2568 per person based on two sharing.