He is generally regarded as the bravest of the Boer generals during the Second Boer War and as one of the leading figures of Boer independence. As a guerrilla, his tactics proved extremely successful. De la Rey opposed the war until the last, but when he was once accused of cowardice during a Volksraad session by President Paul Kruger, he replied that if the time for war came, he would be fighting long after Paul Kruger had given up and fled for safety. This proved to be the case.
Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest of Phinda Game Reserve, the spectacular &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge fuses sleek architectural design with the ultimate in conservation principles.