The Isted family motto: “Nosce Teipsum” or “Know Thyself”
The Isted Family Name is originally of Anglo-Saxon origin. A village by the name of Isted was historically part of Denmark until 1918, when it was transferred to Germany following a referendum. Since then it became known as Idstedt. Further research shows a possible movement from Scandinavia – Denmark, and then movement to Sussex in England.
The story of the South African Isted Family History begins with the immigration of the original 1820 Settlers into South Africa. The Isted family, along with the Sephtons and Gush families, moved to the area now known as of New England, Wartrail and Moshesesford. The area borders the former Transkei & Lesotho in the North Eastern Cape; right at the tip of the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range known as the Witteberg.
The Isted Family who owns the Lammergeier Highlands Reserve, moved to the area on the 3rd of the 3rd month 1933 where the farm Ossa was bought by Norman Torr. This land was originally owned by the Joubert brothers who were the builders of the Jouberts Pass (3rd steepest mountain pass in South Africa). Jack Isted moved to the Witteberg from the original family area of Wartrail after he had completed his service as a B52 Bomber Pilot in WWII. Here he married Dorothy Torr and bought the original family farm, Ossa.
Operations of sheep farming expanded and additional land was acquired. Later, cattle farming was incorporated as well. These farms where bought over by Dick Isted who married Margot Meyer (originally from Bethal – Transvaal ) and expanded the operations into a commercial farming venture with their four sons Edwin, Chris, Kevin & Leslie Isted, making it what it is today.
The operation still continues to expand and grow in the living memory of their youngest son Leslie Isted. And so Dick & Margot built and passed on a legacy to the fourth Isted generation in the area, which is known as ‘die hoeke”
The exciting yet challenging process of farming and tending the land as well as the introduction of eco-tourism in the form of Lammergeier Highlands Reserve is part of the vision of the Isted Family: not only to improve & expand the farming operations, but also to share the area with visitors who can appreciate the beauty of nature and the preservation thereof.