Rooms: 8: 1 family chalet (chn under 12) with 2 bedrooms (1 dble, 1 bunk + single); 1 self-contained family chalet (children 12+) with 2 bedrooms both en-s; 6 dble chalets with en-s bath + sh'r.
Prices: R2,700 pp including all meals. Guided activities extra.
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Meals: All meals included. Meals available for self-catering on request.
Directions: From Durban take the N3 north for 260km - take the R616 L for 19km towards Bergville. Go L onto the D564 for 8km.
This is the comfortable way to experience the Boer War and one of its most famous battlefields, Spioenkop Hill. The lodge sits in complete isolation on an opposing hill with views that flood out across the green valley and down to the Spioenkop Nature Reserve. The chalets are little colonial havens where the emphasis is on simple good quality, rather than elaborate decoration. Each overlooks the reserve and rhino, giraffe, eland, warthog, various species of buck and plentiful bird life can be seen from the rooms. If you can pull yourself away from your unobserved verandah there’s plenty to do. Croquet over a glass of home-made lemonade, a tour of the battlefields, horse-riding, exhilarating guided walks tracking rhino with guide and owner Simon… or losing yourself for hours in the lounge which is steeped in history with paintings, books and a wonderful collection of artifacts. Simon and Cheryl clearly have a love of life and a deep care for the environment. This is the first Fair Trade guesthouse in Natal no less; they make their own firelighters out of teabags; they have a wormery; a wonderful veggie garden where kids are encouraged to get dirty; and a newly-purchased solar cooker. So, whether it’s relaxing at the sunset spot overlooking the Amphitheatre and Spioenkop Dam, trekking Spioenkop Mountain and hearing the story of the battle, or making your way through a gauntlet of dalek-like aloes to the decked pool perched precariously on the hip of the valley for a little lie down, Three Trees will surely have at least one box for you to put a big tick in!
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