Three Trees at Spioenkop Three Tree Hill Lodge Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Ladysmith Kwazulu Natal Description Surrounded by the Drakensberg Mountains, overlooking a secluded valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve and in the lee of the famous hill, Spioenkop, lies Three Trees Lodge. The Lodge has been built on a hillside amongst the striking Aloe Spectabilis and the Paperbark Acacia with views that inspired a guest to write ĎAfrica at its finest!í. It overlooks the Spioenkop Game Reserve, where white rhino, giraffe, zebra, eland, kudu, numerous smaller antelope can be seen, perhaps even from your bath! 270 bird species from Cape Vultures and Lanner Falcons to Buff Streaked Chats and Fairy Flycatchers have been recorded in the area. Spioenkop or Spion Kop? The name Spion Kop (Spy [Lookout] Hill) was given to this impressive hill by the Voortrekkers in 1837. This was the original Dutch spelling and is still the English version. Spioenkop is the modern Afrikaans spelling. So, as you wish. Contact Details Cheryl Blackburn +27 (0)36 448 1171 +27 (0)36 448 1953 Enquire now View Rates View Directions Attractions BATTLEFIELD TOURS Our flagship tour is a full day out, beginning with the Battle of Spioenkop, then lunch back at the Lodge, followed by the Battle of Colenso, plus Churchillís Capture at Chieveley. This is a full day tour, but can be done as two half day tours. BATTLE OF SPIOENKOP Breakfast is at 07:45 and the tour departs at 08:30 to the battlefield where this compelling story is told. The tour tells of the bloodiest day of the war, fought on Spionkop. This is arguably the most famous of all battles between the British and the Boers. The tour returns to the Lodge for lunch, approximately four hours later. BATTLE OF COLENSO AND CHURCHILLíS CAPTURE After lunch, (approx. 14:15 - 14:30), the tour departs for the site of Winston Churchillís Capture, where the Boer forces took him prisoner. This event propelled him onto the political stage in Britain. The tour then proceeds to the site of the Battle of Colenso, where General Sir Redvers Buller suffered his first defeat in his attempt to relieve Ladysmith. In this battle 7 Victoria Crosses were won. Cost - Flagship Tour (full day): R500 low season, R600 high season (see Rates page for Seasons) Battle of Spioenkop Tour (half day): R350 Battle of Colenso Tour (half day): R350 Booking: These tours are conducted daily on request, but can be booked in advance Location: Spionkop Battlefield, Chieveley and Colenso Battlefield. Both parts of the tour start and finish at the Lodge THE UKHAHLAMBA-DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS Three Trees offers great access to The uKhahlamba National Park (formerly the Royal Natal National Park), Cathedral Peak (with the new Didma Rock Art Interpretation Centre) and the Champagne Valley (Drakensberg Boys Choir) are all within an hours drive of Three Trees. So whether itís hiking, walking, climbing, riding, rock art, trout fishing, spectacular scenery or helicopter flips you are after, itís all on our doorstep. Activity: Walking, Hiking, Horse Riding, Trout Fishing, Climbing Booking: Day hikes and walks do not require bookings Duration: Depends on activity chosen Location: On average an hour's drive from Three Trees GAME VIEWING FROM THREE TREES Our position overlooking the Spioenkop Game Reserve affords great game viewing opportunities, whether it is from your room, on horseback or whilst out walking on our property. Rhino and giraffe and many varieties of antelope may be spotted grazing near the Lodge on the other side of the fence. SPIOENKOP GAME RESERVE Stocked with rhino, giraffe, zebra, eland and numerous other antelope; home to more than 270 bird species and with spectacular views of the Drakensberg over Spionkop Dam, Spioenkop Game Reserve is worth a visit. Cost: R10 entrance fee per person Booking: No booking necessary Duration: From 3 hours, depending on you Location: 50 minutes drive from the Lodge HORSE RIDES There are numerous opportunities for horse riding at and around Three Trees. We offer rides on the property providing wonderful views of the Spioenkop Battlefield, the Game Reserve and the Drakensberg Mountains. They provide a wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular countryside up close whether to view the flora and fauna, to gain insights into the difficulties of fighting a war with Victorian impedimenta on this terrain, or to view seldom visited parts of the Battlefield (for example the Boer trenches on nTabanyama). Cost: R150 Booking: Horse rides are conducted daily from the Lodge on request Duration: From 1 - 4 hours Location: Various routes are available, all starting and finishing at the Lodge WALKING There are numerous walks available from the Lodge. So if its nature, history, enjoying the fauna & flora or purely exercise the choice is yours. Cost: None Duration: 45 mins to 4 hours Location: Start and finish at Three Trees GOLF There are a number of golf courses in the Drakensberg, all within an hourís drive of the Lodge. Notably the Champagne Sports Resort Golf Course, which is rated in the Top 20 courses in the country. Cost: Petrol and green fees Duration: 4/6 hours depending on you Location: Drakensberg Mountains area RELAXATION Simply relax around the pool, on the deck or on the verandah at the Lodge enjoying the space and tranquillity. MORE DRAKENSBERG INFO The average height of the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg Mountains or uKhahlamba (onomatopoeic Zulu for a Barrier of Shields and Spears) is about 2900 metres (9800 ft) with numerous peaks, domes and buttresses exceeding 3000 metres. Although they donít challenge other famous ranges for altitude, the visual spectacle of sheer rock walls of 500 m (1600 ft) or more places them in the top league (the Thukela Falls plunge 850 metres making it one of the highest waterfalls in the world). JAYNEE LEVY SAYS IN HER COMPLETE GUIDE TO WALKS AND TRAILS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA "The Drakensberg, the highest mountain range in southern Africa, is noted for its magnificent buttresses and peaks. The numerous trails which traverse the Little 'Berg, with its enchanting waterfalls and pools and lush, forested gorges, have a magnetic attraction for mountaineers and hikers, while the magnificent views from the escarpment lure those with an adventurous spirit. Here, the summer heat is tempered by altitude and the occasional spectacular afternoon thunderstorm; the very cold winters cap the peaks in snow". UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE The KZN Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg was proclaimed South Africa's fourth UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of only 30 sites in the world that will be preserved for both its natural (mountain scenery) and cultural value (over 35% of all San rock art in Southern Africa is found in this area). The other World Heritage Sites in South Africa are the Cradle of Humankind, Cape Floral Region, Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Robben Island and St. Lucia Wetland Park. THUKELA OR TUGELA Tugela is the anglisized version of the Zulu name for Kwazulu Natal's biggest river, the Thukela. Thuka - the Zulu word meaning to frighten or startle, Thukela being the startling one.