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Three Trees at Spioenkop

Three Trees

Set in the KZN Battlefields on the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, Three Trees at Spioenkop (meaning Spy, or Lookout Hill) is a lodge with environmentally-friendly practices at its core - including Fair Trade and Green Leaf certification.

Three Trees Hill Lodge

Family-friendly, the owner-managed four star lodge sets itself apart with its hospitality - you’re welcomed into your host’s home, served locally grown farm-style country food and you might even encounter any of their four dogs, some of the nine horses, three cats and six chickens during your stay at Three Tree Hill Lodge.

Sleeping dogs

Simon and Cheryl Blackburn are both experienced safari and mountain guides who’ve explored most of Africa and what makes the place special is their willingness to share their incredible knowledge and love for African wildlife, history and culture.

The main lodge is a shrine to historical artefacts and Simon is a fount of knowledge on their significance - you can even take a historical tour. The staff are extremely competent and above all, happy in their place of work - which only shows the benefits of a Fair Trade accreditation.

Rusted farm equipment

Cheryl can tell you fascinating stories behind every product they source and why they chose it - so you get to know the person behind every (local) brand.

Three Trees products

The intimate, 18 bedded lodge offers luxury cottages that perfectly capture the bygone colonial era - with corrugated iron padding, wood-panel interior and antique sash windows.

Three Tree Hill lodge

Three Tree Hill Lodge interior

Three Trees is equipped with all modern conveniences such as overhead fans and wall panel heaters, embroidered linen, down duvets and pillows and en-suite bathrooms with shower and bath (with unsurpassed views over the plains).

Each room has three-quarter twin beds (doubles on request) and a private deck looking out over the game-rich Mfazimnyama Valley.

Views from Three Trees lodge

With its location on the border of the Spionekop Game Reserve, so you might even be lucky enough to spot a giraffe, zebra or rhino from the comforts of your verandah, or you can go for a guided game walk with one of your hosts (both qualified guides).

The two-bedroom family suite has an en-suite master bedroom with two spacious walk-in closets and a fireplace, claw bath and separate shower. Folding glass doors lead out onto the wide verandah.

Three Tree Hill bedroom interior

The children’s bedroom has a single bed and a set of bunk beds which can comfortably accommodate three children under 12 years old (there’s even a sand pit outside). There is a separate toilet & basin that services the children’s room.

Churchills, a stand-alone cottage-style villa that sleeps four, has a spacious open plan kitchen and lounge with double glass doors offering sweeping views over the Spioenkop Game Reserve.

Three Tree Hill bathroom

A large deck overlooks the private pool, braai and entertainment area below. Please note that this cottage is not suitable for children under 8 yrs, because of its high balustrade.

Three Tree Hill deck

Three Trees is also the perfect location from which to explore the Anglo-Boer War Battlefields (Battles of Spioenkop and Colenso), while the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields (Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift) and the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountains, a world Heritage site, are just a short drive away.

Anglo-Boer War painting

What makes it eco?

Three Tree Hill Lodge is Green Leaf Environmental Standard certified, which means they manage their environmental impact in accordance with the standard. They do this in a number of ways:

  • Energy efficiency measures and training for staff, use of Econo heat pads (which run on lower wattage and surface temperature than oil heaters), energy-efficient bulbs, timed geysers with thermal blankets and building insulation
  • Cleaning products and guest amenities are biodegradable
  • Locally sourced produce, linen and furnishings and their own organic veggie and herb garden
  • Recycling and upcycling
  • Composting and earth worms
  • Septic tank dosed with bio salts
  • Water from from aquifer, guest education on water conservation measures, low flow shower heads, rain water tanks
  • Local staff, support of all schools, feeding programme for the creche and building of a jungle gym and computer classroom - as well as supporting the local long distance marathon runner
  • Training staff and villagers in health and nutrition

Three Tree Hill poolside

Three Trees at Spioenkop Quick Facts

Accommodation type:

4 star private lodge (cottages, family suite, private villa)


Spioenkop, about 240 kms (2.5 hours) from Durban

GPS Coordinates:

S28 39 41.6 E29 29 13.6


Couples or families


Cottages from R 2,115.00  per person per night (sharing) to R 5,790 per night for a family suite (Sleeps 2 adults and 3 children). Churchills (private villa) from R 2,515 per person a night (sleeps 4 adults or 2 adults, 2 children).

Green in Africa Eco-Rating





Yes - communal

Meals available

Farm-fresh locally-sourced Al a carte meals served family-style at a communal table or separately on request.




Well-marked nature walking trails (guide free on request), birding, mountain biking, game walks and rhino tracking, horse riding (pony rides for children on request).


+27 (0)36 448 1171 / +27 (0) 82 379 1864


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