Afternoon excursion on the Spion Kop Dam in Kwazulu-Natal, comprising a relaxed afternoon sitting in the boat, viewing game and enjoy sunset refreshments.
Spion Kop Lodge Sunset Boat Cruise
The meeting point is at Spion Kop Lodge in scenic KwaZulu-Natal, from where we get into the vehicles and drive to the shores of the lake where the boat awaits.
The reserve surrounding the dam is approximately 4 700ha in extent, while the dam is the focal point for visitors and covers an area of 1 529ha. Against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, this dam is fed by the Tugela River.
Expect to see an abundance of wildlife such as Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, White Rhino, Jackal and Aardvark as well as assorted antelope including Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest and Eland.
There is plenty for bird lovers too; with 285 bird varieties in this area, as you may see African Hoopoe, Cardinal Woodpecker, Pied Barbet, White-backed Night Heron and vultures.. Bird watching is often best in the late afternoon or early morning.
As you quietly sip your sundowners while the sun goes down on the Drakensberg Mountains, you will have an opportunity to simply absorb the magnificence and sheer natural beauty surrounding you.
On the opposite side of the dam is the highest hill in the area, site of the famous Spion Kop Battlefield, regarded as one of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s hidden tourist gems.
This was the site of a major battle during the Second Anglo-Boer War. The Boers had besieged Ladysmith and had also taken up a defensive line to try and relieve Ladysmith. Here, they clashed with the Boers at Spion Kop. During this fierce battle, 1 550 men were killed, wounded or taken prisoner. The Boers, under General Botha, lost 230 men.
Apart from the wildlife the Reserve is a paradise for nature lovers, with its abundant plants, trees and grasses.
Animals have adapted to enjoy the nutritional value of the various plant foods; nature’s way of ensuring sustainable co-existence. As the dominant tree in this area, the Acacia Karoo (Sweet Thorn, uMunga) grows under many conditions, attracting countless insects and birds (which in turn, lure lizards, snakes and mammals). The Acacia Siberian (Paper bark thorn, umKhamba) is another tree found in considerable abundance here. Nature lovers can also see numerous, Termitariums, mounds of soil beneath the trees and in the grass that house thousands of termites. With their specialised communal functions, termites resemble one elaborate body.