Spioenkop Mountain stands sentry over thorn savannah and water where visitors can see panoramas that stretch from hot valley bushveld across cool water to the Drakensberg Mountains often covered in snow in the winter.

Steeped in Anglo Boer War history, the reserve boasts a rich selection of wildlife including white rhinocerous, giraffe and a variety of plains and bushveld antelope.

The abundance and variety of species assures visitors a rewarding game experience.

Spioenkop Mountain is the site of the infamous Battle of Spioenkop 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.

The dam offers opportunities for a variety of water-sports and there is a road network open to tourists. Busses are not permitted as the road system is unsuitable.

The Discovery Trail, split into three kilometre and six kilometre loops, winds around the dam's southern shore in an area free of dangerous game. Picnic sites are scattered all around the dam shore.

From the reserve there are views of the Drakensberg Mountains which extend from Giants Castle, to the Sentinal in Royal Natal National Park.

The nearest town which has a full range of services is Bergville which is 18 kms away. Winterton is 14 kms away and Ladysmith where there is a hospital is 40 kms away.

A variety of accommodation options are available in:
Northern Drakensberg area in the vicinity of Bergville.


Facilities offered are horse riding, game viewing and boating.


From the south turn off the N3 on to the R74 signposted Winterton. One kilometre after Winterton cross the Little Thukela and turn right on to the R600 signposted Spioenkop.

From the north turn off the N3 on to the R616 and head towards Ladysmith.
5 kilometres down that road turn right on to the R600 signposted Spioenkop.

Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer ( October to March ) 06h00 to 19h00
Winter (April to September ) 06h00 to 18h00

Office Hours:
The office is open from 08h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 16h30
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