Thank you so much to guests Julia Aalbers, Mike Gibbs, Richard & Gabrielle Bramwell for sponsoring the education of this young man, Msizi Nkosi. He now has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and has a permanent post at Nokopela Primary. Thank you!!
When Msizi first approached us 2 years ago, he asked if he could work in return for money to study to become an Educator in his village. Over the years we have given him odd jobs around the lodge, from washing dishes to chopping wood, making beds to taking the children’s pony rides. His determination certainly paid off – well done.
Our South African volunteer, Cherer Smith, has done wonders at Zamakuhle Creche in Hambrook village – waterproofing and painting the roof and installing ceilings with insulation – just needs a coat or two of paint now – much cooler in the classroom already!!
Three Trees at Spioenkop was awarded a Platinum Diners Club Wine List Award for their excellent choice in the best of South African wines. Their list has a great variety & diversity of wines that compliment their product. Organic, Fair Trade and Bio-dynamic wines in each variety add to their unique list.
Sakhile Centre of Learning inspired by Legacy of Grace & Elijah Mbonane is situated right next door to the entrance of the Royal Natal National Park in the Amazizi community. Thank you Bergville Pre primary, Hayhouse publishers and Three Tree Hill Lodge for helping Sakhile Day Care Centre with their dream. Stationery cupboard, books, chalkboards & chalk, white boards, crayons, colouring in pens…… Thank you so much!
Each year Specialist Advanced Equine Dentist, Steve Clark, visits the 7 horses at Three Trees. After administering a mild sedative, whilst the horse is still standing, the dentist gets to work with his array of equipment. Balancing the horses teeth in his mouth not only helps him with feeding, but also prevents any secondary muscular problems that may arise due to an unbalanced mouth. Observing the procedure is like watching an artist transforming a canvas. After this visit we miraculously watched the condition in 2 of our new geldings improve tremendously, since they were now able to chew their food properly. #equinedentistryservices
Three Trees staff were treated to a trip to the coast for their “end of year” Christmas party this year. After a long drive and early start, breakfast was enjoyed on the beach at sunrise. Staff were then transported to the harbour where the #eLan Catamaran was waiting for them for a 3 hour bay cruise out at sea. Mesmerised by the beauty of the city from the ocean, some of them seeing the sea for the first time. On arrival back on land, a guided tour of the famous Moses Mabhida soccer stadium was arranged. What a great experience for all!
A mutual love of the environment & education brought an American visitor, Cheryl Grace together with Cheryl Blackburn (owner of Three Trees) & Nature Guide, Elijah Mbonane. Together they will work on transforming a derelict piece of land adjacent to the Royal Natal Park into an Environmental Education Centre for children.
This year Three Trees won the Imvelo Award for Best Overall Environmental Management System for a small establishment. This achievement was only possible with the hard work and dedication of the team of staff at the lodge. Here, Ryna Boshoff & Ntobeko Ntshingila receive the award at a glittering ceremony in Sandton meeting with the Minister of Tourism.
Three Trees was sponsored by SIPPO (Swiss Import Promotion Programme) for the last 3 years to gain access to the European Tourism market by training & mentoring a small group of tourism enterprises and then paying and arranging for them to do a number of presentations in German speaking Europe. Cheryl Blackburn represented Three Trees and gained invaluable experience to the markets there, visiting a number of new tour operators in that area. Fair Trade Tourism, Tourism Enterprose Partnership & South African Tourism are also partners with this fantastic initiative. 2015 saw 191 tour operators attending the workshops, where South African food, wine & hospitality were abundant.
Three Trees Team ready for 1,200 mouths to feed Berg & Bush#realmountainbiking. Three Tree Hill Lodge offers a refreshment station along the route, which is funded by the race organisers. The funds are fed directly into Three Trees Community Fund, which supports the schools in the local village, Hambrook.
The line-up starts with the Descent, which is the feature race for the racing snakes, and continues with the Great Trek, which is a more relaxed mid-week ride following the same 214km route.
The event wraps up with the 110km Two-Day race, which caters for the more social riders who are not able to spend three days on a bike.