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Reviewed 24 October 2017

At the start of our South African holiday we spent three nights at Three Tree Hill and truly enjoyed every moment. The other reviewers have talked about the welcome from Simon and Cheryl and the warm feeling there is but what impressed us so much is that it is all in balance. There is always someone to speak to and to help if you want it but there is also the option for absolute privacy when in your self-contained cottage you would not know there was anyone else in the world!

Strongly recommended are the optional tours. Ron took us to the site of the Battle of Spioenkop and not only made it alive but also put it into the context of South African history which will enable us to appreciate the country more completely. He is SO knowledgable and seems truly interested in the people he is escorting as well as his subject matter. This must be hard sometimes but you would never know. We felt most privileged to have spent time with him.

The rhino walk with Simon is not to be missed either. I have recently had a knee replacement and he measured his pace to mine so I was able to enjoy the experience without discomfort. Sundowners with Melanie, the excellent food in companionable surroundings all made this one of the best stays ever. Thank you so much to the whole team for allowing us to be part of your family, albeit for too short a time.

Room Tip: They are all excellent
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

We stayed here for two nights in October while touring KZN. The Lodge is set on top of a hill and from the individual cabins you have a splendid view over the valley to Spienkop, the site of one of the most infamous defeats suffered by the British Army in the second Zulu War. While visiting the battlefield site was the main purpose of our visit, one could quite easily have spent a couple of days here just chilling out, without visiting a battlefield. The main lodge is centrally situated on the site with individual cabins set out along the ridge of the hill a short walk from the main lodge. We had cabin number 6, which was fine with the aforementioned splendid views. Meals are taken in the main lodge with all the guests sitting at a long communal table - you can have an individual table if you so wish. The food was excellent although the menu was set for each dinner so if you hadn't liked what was on offer you might have been a bit stuck. The whole ambience, including the pre-dinner drinks, was like going to a friend's for a large dinner party.We used the resident guide, Ron, to give us an excellent tour of the Spienkop battlefield site and an explanation of the battle and the Anglo-Boer War. i would not hesitate to recommend this lodge. If you want full time Wifi, you will be disappointed as it is only turned on during the mornings, which could be a bit tiresome.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank NDW_Wimbledon
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

We stayed for 4 nights as part of our battlefields tour of Kwa Zulu. From the moment we arrived Cheryl, Simon and their staff did everything to make our stay memorable and it truly was. Nothing was too much trouble. The welcoming cold flannel and ginger tea set the tone. Cheryl's attention to detail is seen wherever you look. A member of staff hosted the evening meal which was always delicious. We stayed in one of 6 large bungalows all with everything you would expect including a viewing veranda. We overlooked the wild life reserve towards Spioenkop Hill. The view was stunning. From our elevated position we saw giraffe, a variety of different antelopes, zebra and rhino. The presentation and tour of the battle of Spioenkop Hill by Ron was outstanding. He gave an excellent overview of the history of South Africa to put the battle into historical perspective. His guided tour of the battle field itself brought the whole tragic events to life. We also had a tour of the local village organised by Brett, who is very enthusiastic and knowledgable. This gave us a fascinating insight into Zulu life, which we were glad not to have missed. Finally, the early morning safari walk with Simon was fascinating and revealed his deep knowledge and understanding of the local wildlife. You'd be very unlucky not to see a rhino up close! We very much hope to return one day.

Stayed: September 2017
Thank john130648
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights, and were just blown away by how special the three trees was. Such stunning views all around and the activities on offer, in particular the rhino walk was brilliant! All the staff are so attentive and knowledgable. Brent was great to have around and really knows his stuff!
The only thing I would say is to be aware drinks aren't included which wasn't mentioned until check out, I think this was to fit in with the feeling of making you feel at home, however I feel a mention of this on arrival would be a good idea. Thank you for making our stay so special!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

I was bowled over by Simon and Cheryl's incredible lodge and team. Nothing was too much trouble, each staff member was genuinely interested in making my stay super special. Every detail in the room was thought of, from chargers to hot water bottles to eco friendly torches.

And as for the food? Heavenly. Fresh organic ingredients and flavorful dishes at each meal. I loved the locally sourced artisanal cheeses and the chilly tasting one afternoon was a highlight. If you can, ask for the apple soup! It was memorable.

And then there was the battle stories. Fascinating, engaging, and brought to life by Simon and his team.

Be warned.... I will be back!

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Wilna-Namibia
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