Welcome to Spioenkop

Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve is situated in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, 35 km from Ladysmith and 14 km from Winterton. The reserve was established in July 1975 and is 6 000 ha in extent.

Spioenkop Accommodation

  • Campsites (with plug points)

    There are 30 sites each accommodating a maximum of six people, and are suitable for tents or caravans. The sites are close to the water’s edge, with slipways conveniently situated to facilitate the launching of boats. There are communal ablution blocks with hot and cold water.

    Book Direct - Tel: +27 (0) 36 488 1578


  • Kitchenette
  • Ironing board
  • Catering services
  • DSTV (limited)
  • Hotspots
  • Exhibition/convention floor
  • Restaurant
  • Room service - full menu
  • Courtyard
  • Lounges/bars
  • firewood
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Valet cleaning
  • Car hire


Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.


Private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 28.80 per day.

Spioenkop Activities

  • Spioenkop Dam is ideally suited to boating, but may become very rough due to berg winds between August and October.

  • Life jackets must be carried on board and be worn at all times.

  • There are self-guided trails available.

  • The Siege of Ladysmith museum is also worth a visit.

  • Horse rides through the game area are available daily at 08:00 and 14:00, minimum age 12 years.

  • Visitors may enjoy game viewing with a variety of game and bird (270) species occurring in the reserve.

  • Angling is permitted. Anyone wishing to fish from a boat at night must obtain written consent from the Officer-in-Charge.

  • Battlefield

  • For those interested in KwaZulu-Natal’s history, the area is rich in historical significance. Spioenkop Battlefield, (24 January 1900), overlooks the dam and is clearly visible from the reserve. Other battlefields dating from the Second Anglo Boer War, are also in close proximity to the reserve. They are; Colenso (15 December 1899), Vaalkrans (5-7 February 1900) and Pieter’s Hill (27 February 1900). A booklet on the Battle of Spioenkop is available from the curio shop.
  • Spioenkop Useful Information

  • Visitor’s are advised to bring food, drinks, matches, swimming towels and a torch, especially during the summer months, as Eskom power is subject to interruptions due to storms.

  • The nearest source of supplies and petrol is Winterton, 14 km from Spioenkop.

  • A registered boat club operates at the dam, but boaters need not be a club member.

  • Visitors intending to participate in boating must provide life jackets, which must be worn at all times, and skippers must be in possession of a valid skippers licence.

  • Boats must be registered with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

  • Please note that there are no boats for hire.

  • Spioenkop Contacts

    Spioenkop: + 27 (0)36 488 1578

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