Spion Kop Lodge is situated on a working echo farm, concentrating on cattle and organic aloes .
Behind the Name "Spionkop"
The name Spion Kop - Lookout Hill was given to this impressive hill by the Voortrekkers in 1837. This was the original Dutch spelling and is still the English version.
South Africa - KwaZulu Natal a province of excitement and mystery, where the past meets the present in a destination of astonishing natural beauty-a melting pot of traditional and western culture.
From the ashes of the tragedy of the South African War of 1899-1902, fought between the people of South Africa and Britain and the allied men from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, who joined this war, being the first time that troops from overseas fought under their national banner
At the outset let me introduce Spion Kop Lodge’s Mpondweni and Schietsdrift Primary School Project to you.
Mpondweni consists of 59 pupils The pupils who attend the school are the children of the local farm labourers and labour tenants in the valley and on the R 600 district road. Because of its location some children walk about 10 Km to school, some barefoot. The parents respect education and understand that they are giving their children an opportunity, which not many of them have had. Those who have attended school do not speak English so it is difficult for the pupils to practise English in their homes. They are supposed to be taught through the medium of English, however the teachers themselves are not completely conversant with English.
Colonial style chalets are located in the park-like grounds, each individually furnished and appointed to offer luxury en-suite accommodation in an out-of-Africa setting. Guests are offered the choice of full board or self-catering facilities. Cool down in the natural rock pool surrounded by water features, enjoy a quiet drink at the pub or spend time in the historic library with its extraordinary collection of war books. There are a multitude of activities on offer.
Anglo-Boer War Society
Following a lengthy meeting with Boer War historian Ray Heron (F.R.G.S) from Ladysmith,Kwa Zulu Natal ,South Africa, we have decided to form a Boer War historical society along the lines of the Anglo Zulu War Historical Society, which is now successfully entering its 13th year with over 1,400 members.