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Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountain range and overlooking the infamous battlefield of Spioenkop, Three Tree Hill Lodge was opened to coincide with the centenary of the Anglo-Boer War in 2002. Set on the former site of a British military headquarters, the lodge has been constructed mainly from wood and iron to resemble the housing kits that were brought out from Britain in the 19th century.

It is of course the amazing story of the Battle of Spioenkop in 1900 that will be the focal point of your stay; guests will enjoy an introductory talk on the origins of the Second Anglo-Boer War and the Natal campaign. Explore the other battlefields in the region with the lodge's expert guide or take a guided walk, horse ride, or mountain biking excursion into the foothills of the Drakensberg. The nearby Spioenkop Game Reserve affords guests the chance to spot a range of animals that includes rhino, giraffe and zebra - on foot with an armed guide.

There are an array of cottages available, including the self-contained 'Churchill's Cottage'. Sleeping four guests in two en suite bedrooms, it has magnificent views of Spionkop, an inviting relaxation area and its own private swimming pool - the perfect escape on hot summer's afternoons from about November to April.


  • Secluded valley setting with Drakensberg backdrop
  • At the heart of the KZN Battlefields region with easy access to Spionkop
  • Lovely views from each cosy cottage
  • Green Leaf Environmental Award winner
  • Warm hospitality and owner-managed


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Golf
  • Guided walks
  • Historical tours
  • Horse riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Hiking
This beautiful eco-friendly lodge is owned and managed by the Blackburn family. Three Tree Hill Lodge is well situated within the Anglo-Boer War Battlefields as well as within easy driving distance of the magnificent Drakensberg mountains. In addition to the Battlefields tours offered by the lodge you can also enjoy horse riding, mountain biking and nature walks. A perfect spot to spend a few days exploring and relaxing!
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The six well appointed, neat and well maintained cottages at Three Tree Hill are nicely spaced from each other to allow privacy. Each cottage is furnished in understated elegance featuring a private wooden deck and en suite shower and bath with wonderful views of Spioenkop.

Other rooms

Close to the main dining area is the spacious two-bedroom Family Suite with a small kitchen and private veranda offering stunning views of the valley below. The master bedroom has a fireplace. The main bathroom features dual vanities, free-standing bath, and a shower. The second room is for the children and is equipped with toys and books and a bathroom with just a toilet and basin. A play area and sand pit are located just outside the suite.


The main lounge at Three Tree Hill is spaciously open-plan with large double doors leading out on to the veranda.

Relax in one of the comfy chairs with a drink, read in the afternoon sun or sit by the fire on a cool autumn evening.

Guests can enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley from the swimming pool or large terrace, where meals can also be served.

The lodge offers a wide range of activities - the focus is of course of the many battlefields in the area - but you may also go hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and even game viewing at the nearby Spioenkop Game Reserve.

Bird watchers will be keen to get ticking off some of the 300 species recorded in the area.


Meals at Three Tree Hill Lodge are served on the main lodge's veranda - weather permitting - or in the elegant dining area around the fireplace.

Breakfast and lunch are typically buffet-style meals while dinner is a delicious 3-course farm-style meal.

Evening drinks may be enjoyed on the lodge deck around a comforting fire or under the stars.

General facilities

  • Fireplace
  • Library
  • Private balcony or deck
  • Swimming Pool
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Traveller Reviews

Three Tree Hill Lodge

Sophie Gavalda

"We specially enjoyed Three Trees Hill Lodge : The lodge in itself, beautiful location, amazing food but mainly great owners who really give a special warm atmosphere to the place."

Bertrand Meyer

"My favorite lodge was Three Tree Hill Lodge where the staff is so friendly and the overall atmosphere just perfect for us."

Marjorie Needham

Three Tree Hill is under new management by Simon and Cheryl who were also very helpful and have made a suite available near Reception since we were last there and put in a ramp so it was easier to get to the Dining/Verandah area. We had an excellent day out with Simon to Elandslaagte and Colenso, he made the battles come alive. David did a walk in the game reserve with Cheryl whilst I lunged on the verandah with a book and watched the weaver birds building nests.
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Iain Cockin

"The Spionkop Three Trees Lodge was very good and an excellent suggestion - we wanted more time there as it was so good and the food and hospitality excellent."

Ian Stirling

"Simon and Cheryl are exceptional hosts and even take guests for walks in the afternoon, to view the wild life. Food very good, friendly staff, laundry done free of charge. Accommodation comfortable."

Lillian Choy

"At Three Trees in Spionkop we saw giraffe and rhinos from the terrace outside our room."

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