The Anglo Boer war lasted 3 years, and was to become the most costly Britain had ever fought, both in terms of money and lives lost. The most futile and bloodiest battle was the Battle of Spionkop, fought on 24 January 1900. Astoundingly, there were 3 men on Spionkop that day who were to influence the course of world history - General Louis Botha, Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi.
Spionkop Lodge is situated on the site of the original farmhouse where Winston Churchill set up camp prior to the battle. The farm itself is now part of a 700 hectare eco-reserve, with some 270 bird species, an abundance of antelope, indigenous bush, and in June and July, a concentration of flowering aloes whose beauty leaves one breathless.
On the reserve is also Mount Alice, where General Buller established his headquarters, and lost communication with his troops at a vital point in the battle.
Specialised trips to the battlefield are run by your host, Raymond, a gifted raconteur who brings to life the adventures and misadventures of that fateful day. An alternative tour is to Tugela Heights, Winston Churchill Capture Site, and Ladysmith.
The lodge itself is in the 108 year old former farmhouse, which has been wonderfully restored in park-like grounds to now house the reception lounge, the dining room, with spectacular views overlooking the Spionkop mountain, and the cosy Churchill pub.
The accommodation consists of 8 comfortable en-suite bedrooms, as well as 2 fully equipped self-catering cottages, ideal for families or friends travelling together.
Breakfast is included. Tours are additional.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings
The Heron family were so friendly and welcoming and made us feel at home from the moment we walked through the door. It is a really wonderful retreat and would recommend it highly for the hospitality, the quality of the accommodation and the great food and wine. We did a half-day tour of the battlefield with Alistair Heron which was marvellous. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer in this peaceful setting!
The Battlefield lodges were top grade accommodations and the food and service levels high. Loved the library and bar at Spionkop and I think all our party would return to Spionkop Lodge. Their view and location were suitable for anyone, not just attlefield enthusiasts.
General Information For Guests
The lodge is situated at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains (a world heritage site), adjacent to The Spionkop Nature Reserve (rhino, giraffe, antelope), and minutes away from one of the most beautiful golf courses in KwaZulu-Natal. :: ::As the farm is of great historic significance, the Lodge specialises in trips to the Battlefields, Spionkop, Colenso and Ladysmith. Raymond, your host and guide, will bring the battles alive in the theatre of your mind, with his ability as a raconteur and passion for the story and the area. Rates available on request.
Other activities include: golf, birding (274 species, including the White Backed Night Heron), sunset & sunrise boat cruises, game drives, astronomy, hiking trips into the Drakensberg Mountains, canoeing, white water rafting, horse riding amongst the game in the reserve (even for the inexperienced rider), Drakensberg Boy's Choir Recitals, tours to the bushmen caves and paintings, falconry birds of prey display. Rates also available on request.
From Johannesburg: Take the N3 to Durban. Go through the Tugela Plaza (at the bottom of Van Reenen's Pass). After approximately 12 km there is an off-ramp to Bergville on the left. Take it, and at the top of the ramp TAKE THE LEFT TOWARDS LADYSMITH (not Bergville). About 7 km along this road is the R600 to the right. Travel for about 19 km and the lodge is on the left-hand -side.
From Durban: Take the N 3 to Johannesburg. Approximately 6 km after the Ultra-City Garage near Estcourt, take the Bergville off-ramp on the left. At the top of the off-ramp go left to Bergville/Winterton. Go through Winterton and about 1 km after the town, take the R600 road to the right. Spionkop Lodge is about 16 km on the R600 after the dam turn-off on the right-hand side.
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