Frequently Asked Questions


Phone our booking office on + 27(0) 36 448 1171 or email reservations@threetreehill.co.za

However the easiest way is to click on the  Book Now icon above.


We are open all year as the weather is never hot, cold or wet enough to justify closing down.

The Lodge is at 3800 feet and we are thus free of malaria and humidity.

Most  guests stay for three nights although some have stayed as long as ten nights. It all depends on how much of our beautiful area you wish to visit. This is an activity rich area with lots of exploring to do…. and don’t forget relaxation time. We recommend a minimum of 3 nights with 2 full days to be able to do some of the activities and take in some of the scenery.

The dress code is casual at the Lodge, for all occasions including dinner.

Summer is the rainy season and we often have afternoon thunderstorms. Annual average rainfall is 650mm. The days are hot (average 77 F/ 25 C), but by nightfall it cools down (average 65 F/ 18 C) However, please be prepared for the occasional cold snap. Winters are generally mild and dry with warm days (average 60 F/ 16C) and chilly mornings and evenings (average 41 F/ 5 C) – a wonderful time for visiting KwaZulu-Natal. Interestingly snow has been recorded on top of the Drakensberg every month of the year!

Children of all ages are most welcome at Three Trees, except at Churchills (only children over 8 years old allowed here due to the high balustrade.) Three Trees is  the perfect destination for discerning parents wanting old fashioned outdoors and nature based entertainment for their children. Fresh mountain air, wholesome meals & physical activities such as croquet,nature walks, shrimping & pony rides will ensure a great nights sleep for all. Earlier meal times are arranged for children and baby sitters available on request.

Day trips from the lodge include Drakensberg Mountain Hikes, Canopy Tours & Drakensberg Boys Choir School Performances. The Falcon Ridge Birds of Prey Centre thrills visitors every morning, with a fantastic show. Dragon Rock Reptile Centre next door to the Raptor Centre will provide even more hands-on entertainment hosting animals such as scorpions, spiders, hedgehogs, alligators & snakes. All Out Adventure Activity Centre in the Northern reaches of the Drakensberg boasts quad biking, archery, zip lining & paint ball for the more adventurous.

Earlier meal times can be arranged for children with tasty, simple farm meals to enjoy after a day out in nature. Unfortunately children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on the battlefield tours. There are competent 1st Aid Trained staff at the Lodge who will look after them while you are out on tour or enjoying a meal.


For the tours you will need comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat, sunblock, binoculars, sunglasses and a light jersey/jacket for the summer and in winter a warm jacket/fleece. A light rain/wind proof jacket is recommended.

Transfers to/from anywhere in South Africa can be arranged on request.

There are maps and guide books available for guests to use at the lodge. Picnic lunches can be arranged to enjoy beside the mountain streams. It is recommended to bring along your own backpack, good walking shoes, swimming costumes, rain gear for your hikes.

Jaynee Levy says in her Complete Guide to Walks and Trails in Southern Africa: “The Drakensberg, the highest mountain range in southern Africa, is noted for its magnificent buttresses and peaks. The numerous trails which traverse the Little ‘Berg, with its enchanting waterfalls and pools and lush, forested gorges, have a magnetic attraction for mountaineers and hikers, while the magnificent views from the escarpment lure those with an adventurous spirit. Here, the summer heat is tempered by altitude and the occasional spectacular afternoon thunderstorm; the very cold winters cap the peaks in snow”.

UNESCO World Heritage Site says that the KZN Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg was proclaimed South Africa’s fourth UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of only 30 sites in the world that will be preserved for both its natural (mountain scenery) and cultural value (over 35% of all San rock art in Southern Africa is found in this area). The other World Heritage Sites in South Africa are the Sterkfontein Caves (Cradle of Humankind), Cape Floral Region, Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Richtersveld Cultural & Botanical Landscape, Vredefort Dome, Robben Island and isiMangaliso Wetland Park.

The lodge is situated in the northern Drakensberg region of KwaZulu-Natal. Bergville, the closest town is 24km away. Ladysmith is 45km away. This is almost mid-way between Durban and Johannesburg westwards towards the Drakensberg mountains, 27km from the N3 highway.  The driving time from OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) is 4 hours and from King Shaka International Airport (Durban) 3 hours. After the highway, there is 18km of subsidiary road and the last 8km is a good gravel road. No 4 x 4 vehicles are necessary. The nearest airstrip is in Ladysmith and is grass surfaced at 1200m/3937ft.

Most guests travel her independently with a hired car, but transfers can be arranged on request.

The average height of the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg Mountains or uKhahlamba (onomatopoeic Zulu for a Barrier of Shields and Spears) is about 2900 metres (9800 ft) with numerous peaks, domes and buttresses exceeding 3000 metres. Although they don’t challenge other famous ranges for altitude, the visual spectacle of sheer rock walls of 500 m (1600 ft) or more places them in the top league (the Thukela Falls plunge 850 metres making it one of the highest waterfalls in the world).

Summer is our rainy season and we often have thunderstorms in the afternoons. The days are hot (average 30 degrees Celcius) but by nightfall it cools off. However please be prepared for the occasional cold snap. Our winters are generally mild and dry with warm days (average 20 degrees Celcius) and chilly mornings and evenings – a wonderful time for visiting KwaZulu-Natal. This is a malaria free area.

From Durban or Johannesburg Take the R616 (exit 230) off the N3 towards Bergville After 19km turn left onto the D564 (Signposted Rangeworthy Cemetry/Three Tree Hill Lodge) After 6.5km km on this gravel road you will reach a cattle grid and signpost Three Trees at Spioenkop. Turn left over the cattlegrid & head up the hill till you reach the lodge. Should the gates be closed, please kindly close behind you.

NOTE: this is a good gravel road and 4×4 vehicles are not necessary Do not take any of the roads marked Spioenkop or Spioenkop Nature Reserve

From the Free State Take the R74 (Oliviershoek Pass) to Bergville Immediately before Bergville turn left onto R616 to Ladysmith. Please note that the pass is in disrepair and requires careful driving. After 16km turn right onto the D564 ((Signposted Rangeworthy Cemetry/Three Tree Hill Lodge) After 6.5km km on this gravel road you will reach a cattle grid and signpost Three Trees at Spioenkop. Turn left over the cattlegrid & head up the hill till you reach the lodge. Should the gates be closed, please kindly close behind you.




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