“I get most satisfaction from waking up and being an inspiration to many other young people who might think their background cannot be associated with success. My advice is don't be scared to start something different, don't wait to know how everything will take place for you to be convinced to start. Just begin and let other people see you doing it first, especially if it’s a little different.”
Situated in the foothills of the Kwazulu Natal Drakensberg range, where rolling green hills are dotted with flat-crowned Acacia trees, giving it the quintessential “Out of Africa” feeling.
This Fair Trade certified lodge, places great emphasis on 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. This intimate, luxury 24 bedded lodge is owned 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.
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).
A myriad of other activities are available at the lodge, which include horse trails, game walks, hiking, mountain biking and birding. The lodge has three two-bedroomed family cottages, which offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and six double cottages suitable for couples & single travellers.
The Main Lodge
The main lodge living area has an open-plan design, with four sets of large double doors leading onto the wide verandah. The result is a flowing space, where you can relax on a comfy chair, read in the afternoon sun or enjoy convivial chatter. In the winter an open log fire creates a warm, welcoming environment.
The lounge is adorned with historical memorabilia and a collection of Africana for guests to enjoy. Puzzles, board games and a variety of books provide entertainment on a rainy day. Pre-dinner drinks are served in this cosy atmosphere, whilst mingling with the other guests and sharing travel tales from around the world.
This is an elegant room that is separated from the lounge area by a fireplace. Private tables with plated meal options are served either inside, outside on the viewing deck or on the breezy verandah. Lunches consist of light salads, home-baked stone ground bread, charcuterie & artisan cheeses. Dinners are a set menu with three homely farm-style courses followed by port or cognac in front of the fireplace or out under the stars.
This cosy 3000-book library is dedicated to Simon's mother, Molly Blackburn who fought tirelessly for the rights of women & children during the apartheid times in South Africa. In summer, the space is cooled with airconditioning & in winter, a warm log fire. Mostly books on wildlife, nature & history, but a selection of novels are also available. Underneath the library, is the wine cellar.
Buried under the ground underneath the Molly Blackburn Library is the wine cellar. In keeping with Three Trees Fair Trade commitment, we only stock South African wines showcasing the best of her organic, biodynamic & women-made wines. A dinner down here is not to be missed. Arrange prior to arrival so you don't miss the opportunity!
The swimming pool area offers complete relaxation under the spreading canopy of an Acacia tree. A short walk down a shady, steep path, brings you to this secluded spot, where the pool is kept warm by an insulated thermal blanket at night. Water temperature ranges between 18 – 24 degrees celsius.
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