Three Trees at Spioenkop

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.

 

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The lodge also adjoins the Spioenkop Nature Reserve which contains white rhino, giraffe, zebra, eland, kudu and numerous smaller antelope. This lodge has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, giving one the feeling of coming home. Taking its name from Three Tree Hill where General Sir Charles Warren had his headquarters during the battle, the lodge has been constructed using mostly wood and iron so as to resemble the housing kits that were brought out from Britain in the 19th century.

The lodge consists of 6 standard luxury twin suites. There is also a 2-bedroomed family suite, which is situated in close proximity to the main dining facility and in the opposite direction to the other guest suites. It has a master bedroom en-suite, a children’s room with a separate toilet and a small kitchenette. The bedrooms are equipped with all the modern conveniences with heated towel rails and 100% cotton percale linen adding to your comfort. These luxuries do not detract from the colonial design, but merely enhance your turn of the century South African colonial life experience. The beds are ¾ twins but doubles are available on request. Each room has its own deck, which offers unimpeded views of the valley and Spionkop. If luck is on your side you might see a rhino or giraffe wandering by.

Each of the six twin cottages has its own shower and bath from where one can soak up the atmosphere of Spioenkop whilst gazing out over the valley. Guest amenities consist of a unique range of exquisite hand-made virgin olive-based African Botanical body care products. They are 100% natural, botanically active, ph-balanced, cruelty free products with no harmful chemicals or parabens.

THREE TREES FLAGSHIP TOUR

BATTLE OF SPIOENKOP: Romantically situated on top of a hill with views that redefine ‘big sky country’, the tour tells of the bloodiest day of the war, played out by a cast seldom challenged. On that hill were Louis Botha (the 1st Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa), Winston Churchill (voted the most famous Briton of the 20th century) and Mohandas Ghandi (the future Mahatma). The result of this battle confirmed that those early disasters of ‘Black Week’ were not merely beginners luck on behalf of the Boers – Spioenkop is arguably the most famous of all battles between the British and the Boers. The tour starts from the Lodge at 08:30, after an early breakfast (07:45). We head off in the bus playing our CD - The Pre-amble to the Boer War. which takes us from the Boer invasion of Natal into the Battle of Spioenkop. You will spend two hours exploring the summit, listening to the compelling tale that unfolds on this emotive hill. After refreshments you return to the Lodge in time for lunch, listening to the cd - The Aftermath.

BATTLE OF COLENSO & CHURCHILL'S CAPTUREA: fter lunch (at about 14:30), the tour departs for the site of Winston Churchill’s 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.Tour returns at approximately 18h30

TALANA, DUNDEE, ELANDSLAAGTE, WAGON HILL, LADYSMITH, VAALKRANS: Tours can be organised to any of the battlefields listed in the heading above, or any site of particular interest by prior arrangement.

LADYSMITH MUSEUM & MEMORIALS: Guests are encouraged to make a trip into Ladysmith to visit the impressive Siege Museum and Anglican Church (an evocative memorial to all the British soldiers who died in Natal before and during the Siege). The battle of Wagon Hill (Platrand to the Boers) was the one concerted attempt by the Boers to take Ladysmith during the 4 month long siege. The Burgher Memorial (to the 781 Boers who lost their lives in Natal) is both moving and impressive (for some overbearing) and there is a wonderful view over the town of Ladysmith.

 

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Three Trees at Spioenkop Kwazulu Natal

Rough and ready, smart and sophisticated, rural and rustic, KwaZulu-Natal is as eclectic as its cultures, people and landscapes. It has its metropolitan heart in the port of Durban  and its nearby historic capital, Pietermaritzburg. The beaches along this coast attract local holiday-makers, and to the north is Zululand, home to some Africa’s most evocative traditional settlements and cultural sites. The region also boasts alluring national parks and isolated, wild coastal reserves. The province’s border in the far west, the heritage-listed uKhahlamba-Drakensberg  mountain range, features awesome peaks, unforgettable vistas and excellent hiking opportunities.

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