Fodor's Expert Review Three Trees Lodge

D564, about 25 km (16 miles) northeast of Bergville, 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 Churchill's delightful self-catering lodge. 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.


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


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


Historical, Views, Family
Local Flavor


Phones: 036-448–1171 | 036-448–1953


7 suites, 1 cottage
Rate Includes: All meals

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