THREE TREE HILL LODGE - Van Reenen's Pass, Spioenkop Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, and overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, lies Three Tree Hill Lodge
Formerly known as Three Trees at Spioenkop, this Fair Trade certified lodge, places great emphasis on Sustainable Responsible Tourism and offers spectacular scenery, locally grown farm-style country food with superb hospitality. It is the ideal environment in which to unwind and be rejuvenated.
Close to the base of Van Reenen's pass, the lodge is also the ideal half-way stop between Johannesburg & Durban, only 27km from the N3 highway. This lodge is the perfect location to base yourself for exploring the major Anglo-Boer War Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal (Battles of Spioenkop and Colenso), the Northern Drakensberg Mountains (world heritage site), and within easy (2hrs) reach of the Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields (Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift).
The name Spion Kop, Spioenkop or Spionkop (Spy or Lookout Hill) was given to this impressive hill by the Voortrekkers in 1837 as they settled along the Tugela River Valley. Spionkop was the original Voortrekker or Boer spelling, and Spion Kop the English version, with Spioenkop as the modern Afrikaans spelling. ‘So, as you wish…’
This is where the journey begins...
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Walks in the neighbouring Spioenkop Game Reserve can be pre-arranged with our resident guides. These are more strenuous than the Nature Trails on the farm, as the route does not follow a set trail. Uneven, rocky, hilly terrain will be encountered and walks may last between 1.5 – 2 hours. Maximum number of people is 8. Minimum charge is 2 persons. Unfortunately, no children under 12 years allowed.
(R420 per person)
MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES
Exhilarating mountain bike trails on the farm snake through the hills, following narrow single tracks. Bikes, helmets & gloves are available for the use of guests. Guided trails range between 2km – 20km.
(R420 per person)
HAMBROOK VILLAGE EXCURSION
A truly authentic experience with one of the Three Trees staff members that take you to the nearby village (8km down the road) for a look into the lives of the Hambrook residents. Pop into the pre-school & visit someone’s home.
(R395 per person, which is donated to the Community Fund)
Trails on the farm (ranging between 2 - 9km) can be arranged with a guide free of charge. This is a particularly great activity for families with young children who may not join the Game Walk in the reserve. It is an interpretive experience, focusing on the small things – plants, insects, tracking & even game spotting.
RANGEWORTHY CEMETERY WALK
Rangeworthy Cemetery holds the graves of those killed in the battles of iNtabamnyama & Bastion Hill. There is even a Geocache hidden here. Experience trips to Rangeworthy Cemetery 3km down the road (and back up again).
(Walk – no charge, Bicycle – R420 per person)
GUIDED HORSE TRAIL RIDING
Trail Rides can be arranged to suit the experience and pace of the riders. Inexperienced rides are approximately 30 – 45 minutes, while experienced rides 60 – 90 minutes. English-style saddles with snaffle bridles are used. Hard helmets are compulsory and provided. Rides are taken on the working cattle farm, adjacent to the game reserve, where game may be seen from time to time.
(R420 per person)