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September 30, 2013

Spion Kop Lodge

Greetings from Spion Kop Lodge in sunny Kwa Zulu Natal. Thank you for your interest in our beautiful property.

Below is an introduction to our beautiful lodge and what it is that we offer. We have become a destination for our guests, (especially our return guests) – due to the diversity of activities, which we offer, our guests generally stay three or four nights, in order to allow themselves time to do justice to this area. Once you have read my mail, perhaps you would like to get back to me, should you have any queries.

The Lodge, comprises of the original homestead with beautifully appointed ensuite (bath and shower) bedrooms, each with it’s own veranda, looking onto the garden .The full-board tariff is R1600.00pp.per day. Our Bed and Breakfast rates are available on request. The main building houses a small but well-appointed library, containing many historic books, a lounge with a fire place and a sunroom in which to relax.

There are two private, self-catering cottages with fire -places, sleeping 4 and 5 guests, @ R 1300 .00 and R1500.00 per night, per cottage respectively .The larger cottage, Acacia has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a smaller bedroom. Aloe cottage is ideal for a family of four, having one double bedroom and a smaller twin bedded room. Visitors may self-cater or have all meals in the dinning-room as you wish. Both cottages have braai facilities.

The original barn built in 1890, has been converted into a reception area, dinning room and cosy pub. Added to this we have a small but well-appointed Conference Room for smaller corporate conferences. A water hole in front of the deck where one can see some amazing birds!

Experience the ultimate in relaxation and tranquillity, lazing in the pool, as you watch the spectacular sunsets, or just sit on the deck and absorb the serenity of your beautiful surroundings, or amble along the birding trail to the water hole. Spion Kop was the scene of one of the bloodiest and perhaps, most futile battles fought during the South African War of 1899-1902. This theatre of war, was to bring together three significant and influential characters from the chapters of modern history, namely, Winston Churchill, a 23 year old war correspondent, Louis Botha who was to become the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa in 1910, and a London qualified lawyer, Mahatma Gandhi, who was a stretcher bearer with the volunteer Ambulance Core. One end of the Anfield Football Stadium in Liverpool is known as the “KOP “, in honour of the Liverpool soldiers who fought and lost their lives during the Battle of Spion Kop.

As the Farm is of great historic significance, we specialise in trips to the Battlefields, Spion Kop, Colenso and Ladysmith.Raymond Heron (FRGS) our Historian, who now goes to the UK annually to lecture on his subject, lectured in the United Kingdom, where he presented at the Royal Geographical Society in London. and Alastair who is a Battlefield and Cultural Guide, will bring the battles alive in the theatre of your mind, with his ability as a raconteur and passion for the story and this area. They will also instil an interest in birding and nature as you meander through this historic valley on your journey into the past, as you relive the events of that fateful battle! The past, which changed our future, as you walk in the footsteps of great man.

We are able to offer a diverse number of activities, making us fairly unique as a destination.

Listed below are some of the options, which we have on offer:
Battlefield Trips
Spion Kop Battle Experience @ R 550.00pp (four and a half hours.)
Colenso, Ladysmith, Churchill Capture Site etc. @ R 990.00pp (full day)
Guided Tours of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift -The Anglo-Zulu Battles can be arranged on request @ R 990.00 pp + transport.
Sunset Boat Cruises @ R390.00 pp. (game and bird viewing. rhino etc.)
Game Drives @ R 390.00 pp
Birding (294 species, including the White Backed Night Heron)
Helicopter flips through the Drakensberg
Golf at one of the country’s most beautiful courses – (30Km)
Horse Riding amongst the Game in the Reserve @ R180.00.pp even for the inexperienced rider.
Drakensberg Boy’s Choir – Recitals on Wednesday afternoons @ R 150.00pp.
Falconry Birds of Prey Display @ R 65.00 pp – (40km.)
Hiking trips into the Drakensberg Mountains – (Day trips)
Tours to the Bushmen Caves and Paintings – (A two hour hike in the mountains.)

Should you wish to be collected at an airport and driven around our beautiful Kwa Zulu Natal, we are able to offer this option with our qualified Tour Guides. If necessary transport to and from airports is available .However ,as we are on a direct route our roads are good, it is really easy to find us .Should you require any advice or guidance for your intended trip please do not hesitate to ask us.

Spion Kop Lodge – Durban Airport R 2800.00
Spion Kop Lodge -Johannesburg International Airport @ R 3900.00
Transfer from Spion Kop Lodge to Isandlwana and back -R 2800.00
Transfers from Spion Kop Lodge to Dundee – R 2500.00
The transfer rates are dependent on Fuel prices.

We specialise in service to the clients. ” Arrive as guests, leave as friends! “

I hope that you find the above information useful. I look forward to hearing from you in the not too distant future. I have taken the liberty of sending you a few photographs of the lodge and the farm and our neighbouring reserve.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there are any further details which you might need .Our Web page is

” Yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Have a fantastic week, may it be spent in the company of someone special!


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