• history • nature • culture
    history • nature • culture
Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, and overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, lies Three Tree Hill Lodge

Formerly known as Three Trees at Spioenkop, this Fair Trade certified lodge, places great emphasis on Sustainable Responsible Tourism and offers spectacular scenery, locally grown farm-style country food with superb hospitality. It is the ideal environment in which to unwind and be rejuvenated.

Close to the base of Van Reenens pass, the lodge is also the ideal half-way stop between Johannesburg & Durban, only 27km from the N3 highway. This lodge is the perfect location to base yourself for exploring the major Anglo-Boer War Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal (Battles of Spioenkop and Colenso), the Northern Drakensberg Mountains (world heritage site), and within easy (2hrs) reach of the Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields (Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift).

The name Spion Kop, Spioenkop or Spionkop (Spy or Lookout Hill) was given to this impressive hill by the Voortrekkers in 1837 as they settled along the Tugela River Valley. Spionkop was the original Voortrekker or Boer spelling, and Spion Kop the English version, with Spioenkop as the modern Afrikaans spelling. ‘So, as you wish…’

The Lodge

This intimate, luxury 24 bedded lodge is owner-managed by Simon & Cheryl Blackburn whose passion and enthusiasm for Africa’s wildlife, history and culture is immediately evident when you visit. You are welcomed into their home, and invited to experience the warm hospitality, and relaxed atmosphere in their four star family-run lodge.


All guided experiences should be pre-booked & are subject to guide availability. Please allow yourself enough time to enjoy the lodge surroundings and facilities when making your reservation. Recommended minimum stay is 3 nights. Please pre-book to avoid disappointment.


Today, there are approximately 3,500 residents together with a small privately-funded pre-school, a government funded primary & high school. All are kindly assisted with various projects by Three Tree Hill.

Latest News

New teacher at Sakhile

The Legacy of Grace’s focus is on Education and the Environment. Over the past few years, we have managed to teach 60 children in a very inadequately small building at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains. We have decided to employ a second teacher to enable the class to be split and make teaching more effective. Please welcome Thulisile Luthuli to the project. Thuli has no formal teaching education, but loves children...

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Sad Goodbye to our loyal, furry friends…

This month was a very sad month in our pet department. We bid a very sad goodbye to Nim & Farrison. Both so loyal, so loving. REST IN PEACE beautiful souls. You will be missed by all!

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SA Gin collection grows

Three Tree Hill has not been able to resist the fabulous selection of South African Craft Gins available in the country. We now have a collection of 25 gins, only South African, of course. Try some with a splash of bitters, others with a zest of grapefruit, some with a sprig of rosemary & even one with a cardamom pod. Best enjoyed on the rocks, without a tonic mixer.

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Guest Reviews

  • Everything was just perfect. Amazing hosts. Excellent food. Brilliant rooms with a stunning view.


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  • Perfect lodge! Such a homely atmosphere! Loved every minute of it! Especially loved the history talk!!! Thank You!

    Monique La Meyer

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  • Absolute heaven on Earth ... a beautiful getaway for the whole family ❤

    Shana Giessing

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