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i toughly enjoyed my stay at Spioenkop Nature Reserve. At R90 per person per night camping year 2019, i did not find the price bad at all. Although you can take a normal car into the reserve. i'd suggest something with a little more ground...More
Having been a number of times over the last 20 years, we were really shocked how dilapidated the park has become. Clearly spending restraints from Parks Board and lack of basic care has seen the lovely park deteriorate into a very poor state. The position...More
One of the lesser known nature reserves in KZN where one can enjoy the beautiful Spioenkop Dam and a wide variety of wildlife. There is a tranquil picnic site next to the water and several routes one can drive (with an ordinary sedan) to view...More
We went to have a look at this dam having heard about it before and were we bitterly disappointed. Except for seeing a couple of zebras in the distance and plenty of faeces everywhere, we were convinced there were no other wildlife left in the...More
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Greetings from Spion Kop Lodge in sunny Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Below is an introduction to the lodge, we have become a destination for our guests ,(especially our return guests ) - due to the diversity of activities... More
Greetings from Spion Kop Lodge in sunny Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Below is an introduction to the lodge, we have become a destination for our guests ,(especially our return guests ) - due to the diversity of activities which we offer ,our guests generally stay three or four nights, in order to allow themselves time to do justice to this area. Once you have read my mail, perhaps you would like to get back to me, should you have any queries.
The Lodge, comprises of the original homestead with nine well-appointed ensuite bedrooms ,each with its own veranda ,looking onto the garden .We offer a free wifi service in the reception, dining room and pub area of the lodge . The full-board tariff is R 2170.00pp.per night. Bed and Breakfast rates are available on request. The main building houses a small but well-appointed library, containing many historic books, a lounge with a fire place in which to relax. We also have three ensuite bedrooms in Sunset Rest House.
There are two private , self-catering cottages with fire places , sleeping 4 and 5 guests , @ R 1980 .00 and R2310.00 per night ,per cottage respectively . The two cottages have been converted from the original farm buildings , which were built in the early 1880’s and are constructed from dolerite and we have tried to maintain the colonial theme throughout . The larger cottage, Acacia has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a very small, single bedroom. Aloe cottage has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Visitors may either self-cater or have all meals in the dinning-room, just as the mood takes them. Both cottages have braai facilities.
The original barn built in 1890, has been converted into a reception area, dining- room and cosy pub. Added to this, we have a small but well-appointed Conference Room for corporate conferences. There is a water hole in front of the deck where one can see some amazing birds and an amazing view of the Eastern Free State Mountains and the famous Spion Kop Battlefield.
Experience the ultimate in relaxation and tranquillity, lazing in the pool, as you watch the spectacular sunsets, or just sit on the deck and absorb the serenity of your beautiful surroundings, or amble along the birding trail to the water-hole. We are a member of Birdlife South Africa because there are some 295 varieties of bird species on and around the farm .
Imagine yourself on the summit of the rugged and historic Spion Kop Battlefield as the sun goes down, and looming shadows fall as the moon rises! Awesome! Raymond Heron (FRGS) lectures in the United Kingdom, and has presented at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
Spion Kop was the scene of one of the bloodiest and perhaps, most futile battles fought during the South African War of 1899-1902. This theater of war, was to bring together three significant and influential characters from the chapters of modern history, namely, Winston Churchill, a 23 year old war correspondent, Louis Botha who was to become the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa in 1910, and a London qualified lawyer, Mahatma Gandhi, who was a stretcher bearer with the volunteer Ambulance Core. One end of the Anfield Football Stadium in Liverpool, is known as the "KOP ",in honour of the soldiers from Liverpool and her surrounds, who fought so bravely ,some losing their lives, during the Battle of Spion Kop .
As the Farm is of great historic significance, we specialise in trips to the Battlefields, Spion Kop, Colenso and Ladysmith. Raymond Heron ( FRGS) our Historian, who usually goes to the UK annually to lecture on his subject, and Alastair, who is also a Cultural and Battlefield Guide ,will bring the battles alive in the theater of your mind ,with their ability as a raconteurs and passion for the story and this area. They will also instill an interest in birding and nature, as you meander through this historic valley, on your journey into the past, as you relive the events of that fateful battle, enabling you, to relive the past that changed our future, as you walk in the footsteps of great men.
We are able to offer a diverse number of activities here at Spion Kop Lodge and our local surroundings, making us fairly unique as a destination .
Listed below are some of the options which we have on offer:
Spion Kop Battle Experience @ R 699.00pp (four and a half hours.)
Colenso, Ladysmith, Churchill Capture Site etc. @ R 990.00pp (full day)
Guided Tours of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift -The Anglo-Zulu Battles can be arranged on request @ R 1000.00 pp + transport.
Sunset & Sunrise Boat Cruises (game and bird viewing. rhino etc.) @ R 499.00pp - plus park entrance of R 50.00 pp
Game Drives @ R 490.00pp - plus park entrance of R 50.00 pp
Birding (295 species, including the White Backed Night Heron) .
Helicopter flips through the Drakensberg
Golf at one of the country's most beautiful courses - (30Km)
Horse Riding @ R 250.00 for two hours.
Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Recitals @ R 165.00pp.
Falconry Birds of Prey Display @ R 100.00 pp - (40km.)
Drakensberg Reptile Park @ R 120.00pp
Wine tasting @ R180.00 pp – locally grown pinotage grape, with delicious wine.
Hiking trips into the Drakensberg Mountains - (Day trips)
San Rock Art Caves and Paintings Tours - (A two hour hike in the mountains.)
AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Available on request.
We specialise in service to the clients. “Arrive as guests, leave as friends! "
I hope that you find the above information useful. I look forward to hearing from you in the not too distant future. I have taken the liberty of sending you a few photographs of the lodge and the farm and our neighbouring reserve.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any further details which you might need .
Spion Kop Lodge