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Spion Kop Lodge

 
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Spion Kop Lodge

Location

R600 between Ladysmith and Winterton

Price range - complete one of the options

Rates/person
R1000 - R2000

About the establishment

General facilities & services
  • Baby sitting
  • Child-friendly
  • Conference facilities
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Gay-friendly
  • Laundry facilities
  • Restaurant/bar
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Wireless internet
Activities offered
  • Bird-watching
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Swimming pool
Getting there/ what's nearby
  • Airport transfers
  • Public transport nearby
  • Farm-stays

Spion Kop Lodge, set against the backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains on an expansive 700 hectare game farm, was the headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces, General Sir Redvers Buller, in the relief of Ladysmith Campaign, during the South African war of 1899-1902.

This beautifully restored, colonial style farmstead, boasts a magnificent dining-room with spectacular views. Luxurious, en-suite accommodation offering a choice of full-board or self-catering facilities, an exceptional swimming pool and conference room in park-like grounds, making this the perfect base from which to explore the berg, bush, birds and battlefields of this historic region of KwaZulu Natal.

Spionkop was the scene of one of the bloodiest and perhaps, most futile battles fought during the South African War of 1899-1902. Relive the memories and walk in the footsteps of three great leaders, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and Gen. Louis Botha.

Your host Raymond, will accompany you to the many historic sights. He paints a vivid picture of the personal trauma and military mindset that resulted in the slaughter of so many British and Boer soldiers. Tours to the various battlefields can be made in the comfort of air-conditioned vehicles.

The region offers some of the most exciting birding opportunities in South Africa. The avian diversity is tremendous, with over 270 bird species available. Birding activities include walks, boat cruises and day tours. Other activities include sunset boat cruises on Spionkop Dam, game viewing amongst the rhino, giraffe, and a variety of antelope. Fishing, horseback riding, walking, white water rafting and tours to rock paintings and caves occupied by the KhoiSan (Bushmen) are also available. Tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are optional.

The main building houses a small but well- appointed library, containing many historic books, a lounge with a fire place and a sunroom in which to relax. A well-appointed Conference Centre is also available. Experience the ultimate in relaxation and tranquillity, lazing in the rock pool as you watch the spectacular sunsets, or just sit on the deck and absorb the serenity of your beautiful surroundings.


 We are able to offer a diverse number of activities ,making us fairly unique as a destination .Listed below are some of the options which we have on offer : Battlefield Trips
Spion Kop Battle Experience ( four and a half hours .)
Colenso ,Ladysmith ,Churchill Capture Site etc. (full day)
Guided Tours of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift -The Anglo-Zulu Battles can be arranged on request
Sunset & Sunrise Boat Cruises  ( game and bird viewing . rhino etc. ) .
Game Drives 
Birding (274 species , including the White Backed Night Heron ) .
Helicopter flips through the Drakensberg
Golf at one of the country's most beautiful courses - (30Km)
Astronomy
Hiking
Canoeing
White Water Rafting 
Horse Riding Amongst the Game in the Reserve even for the inexperienced rider .
Drakensberg Boy's Choir Recitals. 
Falconry Birds of Prey Display 
Hiking trips into the Drakensberg Mountains - (Day trips)
Tours to the Bushmen Caves and Paintings - ( A two hour hike in the mountains.) Transfers :
Spion Kop Lodge - Durban Airport 
Spion Kop Lodge -Johannesburg International Airport 
Transfer from Spion Kop Lodge to Isandlwana and back 
Transfers from Spion Kop Lodge to Dundee



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