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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.
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.
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.
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.