Situated within the private Isibindi Eco-reserve, in the heart of the battlefields region of KZN, River House offers guests an affordable self-catering alternative to staying at Isibindi Zulu Lodge which is on the same property. Guests staying at River House enjoy exclusive access to the property and provided you give 24 hours notice and there is space you could also book a dinner, Zulu Cultural experience, Boma Dinner or guided game drive at Isibindi Zulu Lodge should you decide you’d like a bit of a spoil one evening. River House truly is a wonderful new addition to Isibindi Africa’s already impressive list of lodges.

A five-hour drive from Johannesburg and approximately four hours from Durban, River House is easily accessible via the N3 highway for most of the journey. Once off the N3, the secondary roads are in relatively good condition besides the odd pothole here and there and be aware of speed bumps that seem to creep up on you without you even knowing they are there. It is advisable to avoid driving this section of the route past sunset as there are a large number of free-roaming cattle and goats grazing along the sides of the roads which can make nighttime driving very hazardous. Although no 4 x 4 vehicle is required to get to River House it is highly recommended that you have a vehicle with high clearance. The last 20km to the lodge is on gravel road and although my polo handled the gravel roads adequately during the fair weather I experienced on the day of my arrival, heavy rain on the day of my departure made the roads extremely slippery and it would have been safer and more comfortable to have an SUV type vehicle with increased road clearance.