THREE TREES LODGE AT SPIOENKOP
KWA ZULU NATAL
This Country Lodge, built during the Anglo-Boer War, was created by the late David Rattray (a world-renowned Anglo-Zulu War historian) whose vision for Three Tree Hill Lodge was to bring to vivid life the struggle between the British Empire and the tiny Boer Republics.
“Built for the love of history & nurtured for the love of nature…”
Proprietors Simon and Cheryl Blackburn continue with this vision. They are both experienced safari & mountain guides, African-born, with the bush in their blood. They have spent their time together exploring remote parts of Africa & connecting with local communities. Their four children, Kei, Neo, Jos & Cas have joined them on many of these adventures. The lodge is located in Kwa Zulu-Natal, between Johannesburg and Durban. It is not far from the Drakensberg Mountains and close to many of the famous battlefield sites of the Anglo-Boer War.
The accommodation: includes 5 twin bedrooms, 1 king size bedroom, and a family suite, all equipped with roof fans, heaters, down duvets and the finest percale linen. The owner’s experence gained at world-class establishments shows in this family-run enterprise whose decoration, services and understanding of nature are wonderful to experience.
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The activities offered are endless ;
The two Flagship tours are the Battles of Spioenkop and Colenso, together with the capture of Winston Churchill at Chieveley.
Breakfast around 07h45 and the tour departs at 08h30 to this breathtaking hilltop battlefield where this most compelling story, in which Winston Churchill, Louis Botha and Mahatma Ghandi all played a part, is told. The tour returns in time for lunch, approximately four hours later.
COLENSO AND CHURCHIIL’S CAPTURE
After lunch (at approx. 14h30), this tour departs for the site of Winston Churchill’s capture by the Boers. This incident and his subsequent escape propelled him onto the political stage in Britain. The tour then proceeds to the Battlefield of Colenso, where Gen. Sir Redvers Buller VC suffered his first defeat in his attempt to relieve Ladysmith. Seven Victoria Crosses were won in a courageous attempt to save the guns.
WALKS AND HORSE RIDING
Guests can take themselves off on walks (no dangerous game) or be accompanied by a staff member if they would like something more informative. Guided horse rides to suit both novice and experienced riders are also available, the type and duration arranged on request. Both walks and rides offer breathtaking views of the Drakensberg Mountains and Spioenkop Game Reserve – with excellent rhino sightings and more than 270 bird species.
Three Trees offers a range of different mountain biking trails on the property, either with guests’ own bikes or use of the bikes at the lodge. In close proximity are some more technical trails in the Drakensberg , which can be done with a guide on request. The famous 130km “Berg & Bush” mountain bike trail runs through the property in November each year.
There are a number of golf courses in the Drakensberg, all within an hour’s drive.
HIKING IN THE DRAKENSBERG, & SAN ART
The lodge offers great access to the Drakensberg for both guided and self drive trips. Royal Natal National Park, Cathedral Peak and the Champagne Valley providing well organized and exhilarating hikes and breathtaking views. Details available upon request. Trips to see original San
Art paintings can also be arranged.
SPIOENKOP GAME RESERVE
Guests can visit and self-drive drive in the Spioenkop Game Reserve – about 50min from the lodge towards Winterton.
LADYSMITH SEIGE MUSEUM
The Siege Museum and old Anglican Church make a fascinating and worthwhile excursion.
Simply relax around the pool, on the viewing deck or on your room verandah enjoying the space and tranquillity.
Children under 12 years sharing with parents (extra single bed) are charged at a reduced rate. Cots can be provided for toddlers. The normal rate applies for children occupying separate rooms. Unfortunately no children under the age of 12 are allowed on the tours. However, competent staff at the Lodge will look after them while guests are out on tour.
This is a malaria free area.
Main Office, 214 Sea Island Dr, Georgetown, South Carolina, USA, 29440-7260
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