Spionkop Game Reserve
Spionkop Reserve is situated 35 km from Ladysmith and 14 km from Winterton. An entrance fee is payable at the entrance gate. Reception office hours are from 08:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:30 on weekdays and 08:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 16:00 on weekends and public holidays. The savannah landscape in the game reserve is home to interesting wildlife including white rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, numerous antelope and prolific bird life.
The Spionkop experience
Visitors can enjoy game viewing and there are self-guided trails available around Spionkop Dam. A variety of game and bird (270) species occurring in the reserve. Horse rides through the game area are available daily at 08:00 and 14:00, minimum age 12 years. It is easy to get quite close to these wild animals on horseback without alarming them and this is a treat not to be missed. Great for beginners and experienced riders. The horse trails start at 2:30 pm but you need to be there by 2:00 pm and are required to pre-book on the number: 0364881578 Angling is permitted. The dam offers opportunities for a variety of water-sports and there is a road network open to tourists. From the reserve there are views of the Drakensberg Mountains which extend from Giants Castle, to the Sentinel in Royal Natal National Park.
Spionkop Mountain is the site of the infamous Battle of Spionkop which took place in 1900 where the British suffered one of their worst defeats of that period. The Battlefield is accessible by road and the 360 degree view from the summit can only be described as spectacular. Relive the memories and walk in the footsteps of three great leaders, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and Gen. Louis Botha who were all played a role in this battle. Spionkop battlefield is best visited with a battlefield guide but there is a self guided trail also available.