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Three Tree Hill

Rhenosterfontein Farm Hambrook Village, Bergville 3370 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 18/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 18/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 12 Specialty lodging in Bergville
Travellers' Choice
Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve and in the lee of the famous hill, Spioenkop, lies Three Trees lodge. Perfect half-way stop between Johannesburg & Durban, only 27km from the highway (N3)Spectacular scenery, locally grown Country-style food, fine linen and superb hosts makes this lodge the ideal environment in which to escape and unwind. This intimate luxury lodge is owner-managed by Simon & Cheryl Blackburn whose passion for Africa fills every corner. Guests are welcomed into their home, and invited to experience the warm hospitality in their family run lodge.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children's playground
Indoor play area for children
Valet parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycles available
Golf course
Horseback riding
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu


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Rhenosterfontein Farm Hambrook Village, Bergville 3370 South Africa
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0livinglife1 wrote a review May 2022
Melbourne, Australia143 contributions53 helpful votes
Often reviews are a single point in time based on alignment of offering and patron … I’d like to offer that in the case if Three Tree Hill Lodge I’ve returned again again since 2013 and I have never left happier. My most recent visit I stayed at the more secluded Churchills with stunning views and cosy fire. All meals are tasty and nourishing. The wine list is well balanced. I loved being able to eat in the wine cellar, deck and patio. Cheryl’s game walk was fantastic and I know my partner enjoyed the war history excursion as well. Melanie is fantastic and nothing is ever too much trouble. We also went to Cathedral Peak for a day and the drive there and back is was doable. Three Tree Hill continues to deliver consistent value for money. I can’t wait to return!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Flamelily Traveller wrote a review May 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa80 contributions46 helpful votes
When we arrived we were a bit skeptical as the place looked very simple and basic. However this cattle farm will surprise you. 5 star for me means service, accommodation and food is on point. The welcome was so warm, all the staff are so genuine in their efforts to ensure every family member has a great stay. The accommodation is spacious and comfortable. It has a rustic old school vibe, I usually prefer a more modern look/vibe. We travelled with young kids and board, games, puzzles and much more was provided to keep them entertained. The food, was amazing, so delicious, organic, always in point. The kids were always catered for and considered. We had to drive for about an hour to get a closer view of the mountains and I would recommend going with a good SUV that can handle muddy and wet dust road if it’s raining. Overall I would definitely go back. It’s a lovely, quiet, getaway from the hustle and bustle. There are also some nice trails to do. I think 3 nights max here will do.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Kevin wrote a review Apr 2022
Hout Bay, South Africa61 contributions17 helpful votes
Incredible farm setting, great views, Burchell cottage was top notch, Melanie was an incredible host, perfect for families/kids... and THE FOOD! Best food we've ever had at a lodge. Plus, a perfect location to explore the various regions of the Drakensberg. Really had an amazing stay. Our only complaint was the overwhelming white-male-colonizer-war decor. Walls and walls and placemats full of white men fighting. Sure, we can learn from war history – but there was zero representation of the women and native (black) Africans the war affected too. Just glorifying the two white countries that stole the land then fought each other over it (even a photo of a colonizer's tombstone above the toilet!). It's 2022 and the world has changed a lot, so maybe it's time to tone down the colonialism history...
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Date of stay: April 2022
Room Tip: Burchell's cottage is the most private, at the very end
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Shevaun P wrote a review Mar 2022
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A beautiful part of the world. The scenery & views were breathtaking, our lodge was very private with an enormous deck looking over the game reserve & Spionkop. If you do nothing else, make sure you do the battlefields, their guide, Ron Gold, speaks from a place of so much knowledge and you'll be transported back to that time in history. The staff were incredibly helpful and organised tickets to The Drakensberg Boys Choir - an absolute must! Our host, Cheryl arranged a gin tasting in the superb Molly Blackburn library - we had no idea South Africa had so many wonderful gins! We will most definitely be returning, make sure it's on your "must visit" list.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Room Tip: All their rooms are magnificent.
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CarolineDevon wrote a review Feb 2022
Devon, United Kingdom26 contributions24 helpful votes
This is Africa…WOW.. we totally loved this beautiful place , despite the somewhat challenging drive up to it. Melanie and her delightful staff were wonderful, amazing food, great drinks, very clean and comfortable. We stayed in a beautiful lodge with our own viewing deck with a stunning view over the hills. Incredibly peaceful, the history of Spionkop is all around. It is so worth the drive, we were sad to only have booked 24 hours there, will definitely return. Put it on your list!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Make sure you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle!
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Hannah B wrote a review Feb 2022
5 contributions1 helpful vote
For every tough story that makes the media headlines here or across the world, there is a good news one for South Africans, none more so from our heroes in the hospitality trade, who have experienced the most challenging times in living memory. A superstar among the gallant for their remarkable tenacity and courage are the Blackburns of Three Tree Hill Lodge, overlooking the shores of a vast Midlands lake in the lee of one of the world's most celebrated battlegrounds, Spioenkop. My wife Cheryl and I, visited for a couple of nights this week in the company of our granddaughter, Hannah. Let me say at the outset, we are former hoteliers ourselves having founded both Hartford House and Lynton Hall on the KZN South Coast. Both made their mark in the hospitality and culinary worlds, and we appreciate the efforts people make for the pleasure of their guests. Whatever the ravages of covid, Three Tree is in immaculate shape, their staff remain as cheerful as they ever were, completely uncowed by the challenges they've faced through the epidemic. The accommodation is marvelously appropriate for the history it celebrates, and you have to marvel at the offerings of the kitchen and a wine cellar that reminds of the mastery of winemakers to the West of us. This new addition lies at the base of a memorial library dedicated to the memory of one of South Africa's bravest activists, the late Molly Blackburn. This is a place that demands a spiritual recall of the fortitude of their British and Boer forebears for those with an interest in the events that fortold the end of Victoria's empire, yet you might ask what families might do with their kids at a venue inspired by history lessons? Our recommendation would be to visit the website, which reminds us of the wealth of attractions of a neighborhood that has never known finer fettle. The Drakensberg and its environs have seldom experienced greater blessings in the way of rain, and there are few bushveld settings more profitable than the surprises of Spioenkop; Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, the Great Eland, a jolly tribe of Warthog mom and her three snorting piglets, and a birding paradise of every imaginable variety. This is a remarkable property run by remarkable people, and you know it the moment you step into it. Do yourself a favour while international travel is under the pump. We were quite emotional as we drove out.
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Date of stay: February 2022
Room Tip: It has it all.
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putovi wrote a review Nov 2021
California36 contributions9 helpful votes
Magnificent mountain setting, first class accommodation, superb meals, attention to detail in every aspect of the visitor experience. For the nature lover this is indeed the most stunning setting. Busy bird life, adjacent game reserve viewed from our Burchell's cottage verandah, delightful wild flowers and marvellous hiking trails. Unfortunately, the receptionist on duty accepted payment from our guests for a portion of the stay contrary to our explicitly written instructions that we were hosting the entire stay at Three Tree Hill. Consequently the stay ended with a less than favorable impression of what could have been a most spectacular stay. This did not match the first class service we expected to receive.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Roberta-Jayne wrote a review Oct 2021
Toronto, Ontario, Canada55 contributions33 helpful votes
If you really want to experience the beauty of the South African bush accompanied by every comfort, this is the place! Cheryl and her very welcoming staff are pros at making one feel special and cater to every need. But it truly is the unique wild landscape, full of blossoming aloes, that makes one not want to ever leave. There are clever "reveals"- when approaching the cottages, they look like green gardeners' sheds, but then one enters to find a beautifully appointed space complete with flowering aloes hand embroidered on the bed coverlet. Open the door to the covered stoep and the view over the valley is breath-taking. The property backs onto a nature reserve- bring your binoculars to see rhinos, giraffe and other animals grazing in the distance. The abundant food is delicious- be sure to dine one night in the wine cellar. The library with its fireplace is perfect for chilly weather or just to relax and browse the abundant books. Three Tree Hill makes every effort to be enviro-friendly and to use the skills of local people. We stayed for 3 nights and would have happily stayed longer. Treat yourself to Three Tree Hill-- you won't regret it.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Jonas S. wrote a review Oct 2021
Zurich, Switzerland6 contributions
We stayed at the Three Tree Hills Lodge as part of a family vacation for three days. We were very warm welcomed by Melanie and introduced to the fantastic and lovely lodge and its activities. Each room is represented by its own cabinet, and decorated with an excellent focus on the details. All rooms provide a fantastic view towards the national park, and with good eyes some animals (e.g. Giraffe, Zebra or Rhino) can be spotted. Beside the lovely rooms, there is a modern pool, an other lounge area and a nice fire place available, and as an absolute highlight a fantastic wine cellar. The food is very delicious and offered in a high quality, including vegetarian. The whole team around Cheryl is doing an excellent job to make sure a guest feels comfortable and fully relaxed. Within seconds, we felt being "home" and had our please to chat with the whole staff. We will for sure return to the lodge for a longer stay!
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Date of stay: October 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Lovely lodge to fully relax and enjoy vacation
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Francois wrote a review Sep 2021
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
What a wonderful setting. Cheryl and co were excellent - catering to all whims - and serving up fantastic hospitality with food, wine, atmosphere accomodation and all you can wish for. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
US$443 - US$525 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionBergville
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Frequently Asked Questions about Three Tree Hill
Which popular attractions are close to Three Tree Hill?
Nearby attractions include Spioenkop Nature Reserve (5.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Three Tree Hill?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Three Tree Hill?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a desk, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Three Tree Hill?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Three Tree Hill?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Three Tree Hill?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Three Tree Hill?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.
Is Three Tree Hill accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.