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2019 Halloween Night Run

2019 Halloween Night Run

Are you brave enough to face what’s lurking in the forest? If so, join us for a ghostly night run on Saturday 12 October through our 5km and 10km trails! For just R150, runners enjoy a freaky night run on either our 5km or 10km trails, and a hearty 2-course dinner afterwards. If you are not running, sit back, relax and keep fingers crossed that the runner you are supporting makes it back from their eerie adventure! Prizes for best-dressed and other great spot-prizes are to be won! So, start planning your costume now! Sounds good? Well then book now...

Corporate Wellness Packages

Corporate Wellness Packages

Looking for that ideal spot for your business’ year end function, or for a unique corporate wellness getaway to thank your team for a hard year’s work? Here at iNsingizi our passion is shaping tailormade corporate wellness packages for companies, big, small, and everywhere in-between, focused on helping busy people have fun, de-stress and just breathe…… Our vast property, set in the undulating hills and valleys of the little hidden gem Mid Illovo, boasts various indoor and outdoor venue options ~ an African Spa, delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners (all prepared by our in-house chef) and mountain-biking, running and walking...

Our focus on the elderly this Mandela Day

Our focus on the elderly this Mandela Day
Our focus on the elderly this Mandela Day
Our focus on the elderly this Mandela Day
Our focus on the elderly this Mandela Day
Our focus on the elderly this Mandela Day

Our mobile spa therapists spent Mandela Day 2019 pampering the elderly at a nearby retirement home, Lincoln Haven, in Eston as our salute to the great Madiba. Foot and hand massages, nail treatments and a lot of TLC were the order of the day ~ leaving Lincoln Haven residents feeling special and our therapists feeling good; a win-win situation! Here at iNsingizi we’re all about family and as such, treasure the elderly community in the area, taking immense pleasure in providing them with some personal care and attention every so often. If you aren’t familiar with Lincoln Haven, it is...

Wedding shoot dreams are made of these…

bush wedding
Wedding shoot dreams are made of these…
african bush wedding
Wedding shoot dreams are made of these…
Wedding shoot dreams are made of these…
Wedding shoot dreams are made of these…
Wedding shoot dreams are made of these…

We recently played host to an incredible wedding photoshoot with the talented duo from African Bear Photography to showcase the endless creativity that we can provide as a venue. We love working with couples that like to do things a little differently hence the dream team we put together to create an inspirational photoshoot unlike anything we’ve ever done (or seen) before! As mentioned we had the honour of working with husband and wife renowned local photographers, African Bear Photography, and added a few other “greats of the industry” namely makeup experts, Kiss and Makeup; local flower and décor specialists,...

Father’s Day feast and craft rum experience

Father’s Day feast and craft rum experience

This Father’s Day we aim to celebrate the dad(s) in your life with an unforgettable day of cycling or running (for the energetic dad!), a Caribbean feast and a rum tasting experience like you’ve never seen (or tasted) before...

Other Stirring iNsingizi Stories

Other Stirring iNsingizi Stories

The story behind iNsingizi’s “Red Brick Road” iNsingizi’s 2km-long drive to the lodge, known as the “Red Brick Road”, was built in the year 2000 by the late Albie Reid, who personally laid every brick by hand, 10 metres a day, at the advanced age of 75! It took him roughly 10 months to complete. Albie was an invaluable asset to the iNsingizi team and shall be remembered dearly for his contribution, which is sorely missed. A chapel Baptised in Water iNsingizi’s wedding chapel was conceived from an epiphany the Dohne family had while staring at the farm dam closest...

The “bird of inspiration” Behind iNsingizi’s Name

The “bird of inspiration” Behind iNsingizi’s Name

The “bird of inspiration” Behind iNsingizi’s Name “iNsingizi, the foolish looking ground hornbill, amused the tribespeople with its apparent pomposity. There seemed no doubt that the female had good reason for her cry. ‘Ngiyemuka, ngiyemuka nqiya kwabethu’ (‘I am going away, going away to my people’). To this the male replied gruffly: ‘Hamba, hamba. Kad’usho.’ (‘Go, go. You have been saying so for a long time’).” – From traditional Zulu folklore iNsingizi Lodge & Spa owes its name to an old ground hornbill nesting site on the property that sadly no longer exists. Although it’s not known where the birds...

Things to do

Things to do

Things to do 30min Away… Meditation and yoga sessions Clay pigeon shooting Hot air ballooning Water-skiing Game drives Things to do 1 Hour Away… Sharks Board (learn about sharks) Phezulu cultural and safari park Midlands Meander – south Ushaka Marine World Diving with sharks Umgeni Bird Park Whale watching Deep sea diving Beaches Things to do 1 T0 2 Hours Away… Drakensberg Trout fishing Things to do 3 Hours Away… Hluhluwe and iMfolosi Big 5 game reserves St Lucia – hippos and crocodiles Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve Turtle watching Battlefields

Putting down iNsingizi’s roots

Putting down iNsingizi’s roots

Nestled in a secret valley IN THE ESTON/MID-ILLOVO DISTRICT, “TORQUAY” The original farm on which iNsingizi Lodge & Spa was built in 1996, has been held in the Dohne/Killian family for more than 85 years and is currently farmed by Nigel, Di, Ryan and Kyle Dohne. The founder of iNsingizi Lodge & Spa, Nigel Dohne, has Midlands’ soil coursing through his veins. Born in Pietermaritzburg in 1956, Nigel is a product of Maritzburg College, where he completed matric in 1974. From school, he went straight into the army, serving his year-long military service in the infantry at 2SAI in Walvis...

Our farm story…from past to present

Our farm story…from past to present

Sowing The First Seeds It was the year that John Logie Baird demonstrated the first mechanical television system (January 26); Alan Cobham established the first commercial air route to South Africa (March 6); Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, and American actress Marilyn Monroe were born (April 21 and June 1, respectively); a weather map was televised for the first time (August 18); A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh was published (October 14); and famous magician Harry Houdini died after his appendix ruptured (October 31). That same year, 1926, Henry Drummond Harper, known as “Harry” to his family, the maternal grandfather of...