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Getting out in nature from Three Tree Hill Lodge

We encourage our guests to get out into the foothills as much as possible – on horseback, on foot and on mountain bikes…

By Cheryl Blackburn
Owner and guide, Three Tree Hill Lodge

It wasn’t difficult deciding to set up home at Three Tree Hill. We’re lucky enough to have some of the region’s (if not South Africa’s) finest scenery on our doorstep and we love sharing our knowledge and history of the area. Champagne Castle is South Africa’s third highest peak and wherever you go the rugged peaks of the Drakensberg (which means dragon mountains) offer a magical backdrop.

Although the lodge is a lovely place to relax and enjoy the views we encourage our guests to get out into the foothills as much as possible – on horseback, on foot and on mountain bikes. Trail rides on horseback weave through the working cattle farm adjacent to the Spioenkop Game Reserve where you might see game from time to time. Mountain bike trails on the farm snake through the hills, following narrow single tracks and trails, and range from 2km to 20km.

Guided nature walks along set trails can be arranged free of charge. I’ve been bringing my children on these walks for years and it’s still something we love to do as a family. I’ve made them as interactive as possible, highlighting the small things like plants and insects and showing them how to track wildlife by spotting patterns and excrement in the earth. There’s game spotting, too – sometimes we might be lucky enough to see white rhino and giraffe. There are more strenuous walks into the neighbouring Spioenkop reserve, too, where the terrain is rocky and hilly.

About 3km from Three Tree Hill and situated below iNtabamnyama Battlefield is the Rangeworthy Cemetery, which holds the graves of soldiers killed in the battles of iNtabamnyama and Bastion Hill. There is even a Geocache hidden here. We offer walks or bike trips here.


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Alfred & Cheryl Blackburn

Being born in the Kruger National Park instilled in Cheryl a love of nature and wildlife. Having lived and worked as a guide in the Kruger reserve, and also in Botswana, she eventually got the opportunity to run her own lodge, with her growing family, in the lush KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg region. She still finds time to guide guests on foot, tracking white rhino in the neighbouring Spioenkop Game Reserve.

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