Spioenkop takes its name from the Dutch name Spion Kop, meaning Spy or Lookout Hill, back in 1837 when the Voortrekkers settled in this region. The history here is different to that of the nearby Battlefields, as Spioenkop was the site for the second Anglo-Boer war (1899-1902), where Winston Churchill fought alongside the British Army, as well as a young Mohandas Gandhi (the future Mahatma Gandhi).
Whilst here, you can visit the Spioenkop Nature Reserve on walks or horseback, where wildlife includes various antelope species, giraffe and rhino. The Northern Drakensberg mountain range, including uKhahlamba National Park (formerly the Royal Natal National Park), Cathedral Peak and Champagne Valley, offer some superb hiking opportunities.
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Places near Spioenkop
- The Drakensberg 50 miles away
- The Battlefields 71 miles away
- The Midlands 73 miles away
- Lesotho 95 miles away
- Umhlanga Rocks 121 miles away
- Durban 123 miles away
- The South Coast 137 miles away
- Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park 164 miles away
- Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve 170 miles away
- Phinda Private Game Reserve 184 miles away
- iSimangaliso Wetland Park 186 miles away
- Eswatini 188 miles away
- Lake St Lucia 189 miles away
- Johannesburg 198 miles away
- Port St Johns 205 miles away
- Coffee Bay 231 miles away
- The Elephant Coast 235 miles away
- Southern & Central Sectors Kruger National Park 266 miles away
- Hazyview 270 miles away
- The Escarpment 272 miles away
- The Pilanesberg National Park 280 miles away
- Sabi Sands Game Reserve 292 miles away
- Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve 295 miles away
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Three Tree Hill is found in the foothills of the central Drakensberg, overlooking the Boar War battlefield of Spioenkop.