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Three Trees Lodge

Three Trees Lodge, inspired by David Rattray and Andrew Ardington, is the ideal establishment from which to explore and contemplate this history. Luxury accommodation in the heart of the Spionkop Battlefield, mouth-watering food and hosted by raconteurs who bring the story of South Africa to life.


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.

Built on a hillside amongst the striking Aloe spectabilis and the Paperbark Acacia with views that inspired a guest to write 'Africa at its finest!'. The Lodge overlooks the Spioenkop Game Reserve, white rhino, giraffe, zebra, eland, kudu, numerous smaller antelope can be seen from the lodge, 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.


The bedrooms are equipped with all the modern conveniences with heated towel rails and 100% cotton percale linen adding to you 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.

Three Tree Hills Lodge in the Northern Drakensberg has unveiled its new private villa.

two en-suite bedrooms
a modern kitchen
plunge pool
decked entertainment
braai area
views over the Spioenkop Game Reserve
not suitable for children under eight

Three Trees Lodge Activities

Battlefields Tours

Three Tree Hill Lodge specialises in the history of the 2nd Anglo-Boer War from (1899 – 1902) with the Battle of Spioenkop being our focal point. One cannot however hope to understand this watershed event (not just for South Africa – it was 'the longest, the costliest, the bloodiest and most humiliating war that Britain fought in between 1815 and 1914') without studying what caused one of the smallest countries in the world to declare war on the worlds greatest empire of the time. Our guides, Andrew Ardington and Christi Vogel, bring this dramatic period of our history to life presenting world class, holistic, evocative and insightful tours.

Game Viewing

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. Although Three Tree Hill Lodge borders and overlooks part of the Reserve we have no direct access unless a walk has been pre-arranged with KZN Wildlife.

Horse Riding
There are numerous opportunities for horse riding at and around Three Tree Hill. We conduct rides on the farm providing wonderful views of the Spioenkop Battlefield, the Game Reserve and the Drakensberg Mountains.

A wonderful opportunity to experience this spectacular countryside up close. Its flora and fauna, insights into the difficulties of fighting a war with Victorian impedimenta on this terrain and other, seldom visited parts of the Battlefield (the Boer trenches on nTabamnyama for example). Rides can also be arranged up onto the top of Spioenkop.
The Spioenkop Game Reserve also offers rides( starting at 08h00 and 14h00). and Rolling M Ranch on Vaalkrans Battlefield have wonderful horses.

There are numerous walks available from the Lodge. So if its nature, history or purely exercise the choice is yours.

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