28 Dec Spionkop Lodge – Tugela
Spionkop Lodge on Woodlands Farm was the home of George Spearman and was to bear witness to one of the biggest defeats of the British Army in the early stages of the Anglo Boer War. (23/1/1900-24/01/1900).
Present at the battle were, Winston Churchill, Louis Botha, General Buller, Denys Reitz and Mahatma Ghandi among many others who later became prominent in the war.
Spionkop Lodge, owned by the Heron family now has catered, self catering offerings in the old farmhouse, with the converted barn used as the reception, bar and dining room, with views overlooking the Tugela River and Spionkop Hill. The Lodge would have had a grandstand view of proceedings as it was commandeered by the British Forces.
Alastair and Raymond Heron are professional guides who do visits to the local battle sites which include Vaalkrans and Colenso. Contact: 036-4881404/0825730224
Spionkop battlefield as viewed from Spionkop Lodge.
General Redvers Buller VC
Indian statesman and activist Mohandas
Karamchand Gandhi (1869 – 1948), circa 1940.
(Photo by Dinodia Photos/Getty Images)
General Louis Botha