Fodor's Expert Review Three Tree Hill Lodge

D564, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal, 3370, South Africa Fodor's Choice

This quaint little Victorian lodge is run by a safari- and mountain-guide couple who follow Fair Trade, sustainability, and social ethics, and also offer guided walks and activities. It lies in the lee of the infamous Spioenkop hill, site of one of the bitterest battles of the South African (Anglo-Boer) War. Choose a cozy en suite Victorian cottage overlooking a secret game-filled valley, set against a magnificent mountain backdrop, or one of three delightful self-catering lodges (Kiplings is particularly geared to littles with games and bunk beds). Check out the amazing original memorabilia throughout the lodge—there's even a copy of one of Winston Churchill's paintings of the area when he was a war correspondent here. Even if you're not into military history, a morning's visit to the top of Spioenkop and its mass grave with a knowledgeable guide, may well have you in tears. Reserve the new wine cellar for an intimate evening dinner and top-notch South African wine tasting. 

PROS

  • superb hosts
  • fabulous tours, including game walks and rhino tracking
  • excellent food and gorgeous location

CONS

  • bleak in winter
  • pricey, as with all properties in the area
  • drinks not included in price

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Historical, Views, Family
Intimate
Mountainside
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 036-448–1171 | 087-059–9016

HOTEL DETAILS

9 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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