This was my third trip to Spionkop Lodge in KZN.
My previous visit was with my wife back in 2016,
and it seems that nothing much externally has been changed.
Owners Raymond and Lynette Heron believe in the old adage;
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
That being said, on a property like this there is
always ongoing maintenance of some description.
Far too cold to swim, but in summer this pool gets a lot of use.
The main building (reception, bar and dining room)
is the building on the right of this image.
The pale coloured building is the house where guests are accommodated.
Originally a three-roomed farmhouse,
it currently has nine en-suite bedrooms to offer visitors.
The colour of the plumage on this Weaver
almost matches that of the Aloe on which it is perched.
This is where my wife and I stayed on previous occasions,
this time we are around the corner in Room 7.
Every lodge needs to have a Jack Russel.
This is Daisy, who actually owns Spionkop Lodge.
The lifted front paw is a behaviour to get the guests to feel sorry for her
and perhaps give her a tidbit or two.
Given half a chance she will accompany willing guests to their room
at night, where she will curl up on the floor and sleep.
The fact that she has been blinded in one eye by venom from a Spitting Cobra
has not deterred her from enjoying her life to the fullest.
There has been a soft-furnishing upgrade since our last visit.
The bed is extremely comfortable and it bigger than usual.
A desk, beverage station and a pullout couch complete some of the decor.
A mixture of old and new in the bathroom.
There is also a full-size bath for the guests to soak in,
should they wish to do so.
The devil is in the detail...
A sip before bed on a freezing winter night?
Plenty of old farm implements lying around.
If you are a photographer, they will get your creative juices flowing.
A single sundowner drink on the deck as the sun sinks quickly
beyond the western horizon.
Sunset, with the aloes making an interesting contrast.
One of the best-stocked pubs I have been into in a long while.
Memorabilia abounds in this space, both on the walls
as well as behind the bar.
Why hide the silverware if you can put it on display...
Several interesting pieces on display and each with a story attached.
One of the few establishments that still use linen napkins.
Part of the accommodation that faces the main reception building.
The star trails in the clear night sky were spectacular.
Just before bedtime...
Sunrise over Spionkop Lodge
Breakfast of champions?
And beautifully presented as well.
Almost too perfect to eat.
Tugela River, with Spionkop in the distance.
Listen to what raconteur, and owner of Spionkop Lodge,
Raymond Heron has to say about
Spionkop and the battle that took place there:
To find out more about what the lodge has to offer,
visit their website:
A big thank you to each of these brands
for coming on board.
This has been my constant travel companion
for the past several years.
It might look worn,
but that represents the kilometres/miles
we have shared together.
From Kilimanjaro to the beaches of India.
To coach trips across Europe and Vietnam
and to a variety of game lodges and road trip destinations
in South and Southern Africa.
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This torch has been turning heads!
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
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When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.
When back home, I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high-speed fibre connectivity to
enable me to get my postings published in record time.
This Powerbank is my constant companion
while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
ALWAYS choose to be Batman.
My constant travelling companion.
To find out more about the collectable Funko range of figurines,
I could not do without this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely a stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack.
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is,
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows moving from supported
to handheld in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
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