• SA 4×4 Magazine at Lammergeier

    Posted on August 2, 2013 by in 4x4

    Koos Zietsman recently visited Lammergeier Highlands Reserve to test two of our now-famous tracks: The River Rat Run and the Transkei Ridgeback and wrote an article about his experience for the SA 4×4 Magazine.

    4×4 Still the Best by Far

    Years ago a wise man explained to me about RIP: Never talk about Religion, Income or Politics in a social setting. Now, after having spent many a fine braai night around the camp fire debating and comparing the size and ability of our respective 4×4 vehicles, I can’t help but wonder whether we shouldn’t add another to the list…

    But jokes aside. Getting into your chosen truck, bakkie, Landy, SUV or other 4×4 and tackling some tough trail looking for 4×4 adventure and challenge; conquering switchbacks, river beds and steep ascents, should be enough to make you glad you traded that sedan.

    Koos Zietsman on Transkei Ridgeback trail

    Koos Zietsman on Transkei Ridgeback trail

    Testing your mettle, and that of your 4×4…

    If you read the SA 4×4 Magazine, Leisure Wheels or any of the other ‘outdoorsy’ publications, you’ll know that  South Africa has its fair share of places to do just this. But if you really want to get off the beaten track and go where but a few have gone before, you need to take a crack at the Lammergeier Highlands Reserve 4×4 adventure trails.

    I know one thing for sure. My Totota Hilux Raider 4×4 has proven itself time and again on some of the toughest trails. And we get it all here. By that I mean weather – like snow and rain – and tricky terrain – steep rocky slopes, switch backs, river crossings, to name but a few. Lammergeier really is the perfect spot to check to test all your vehicles specs. I personally guide the more challenging trails to make sure your 4×4 adventure ends with a smile on your dial.

    For the less adventurous…

    If adrenaline is not your thing, try one of our less arduous 4x4 trails

    If adrenaline is not your thing, try one of our less arduous 4×4 trails and enjoy the scenery

    No worries if a heart-pounding adrenalin rush isn’t quite your pace or  if you are new to the sport. We have a number of routes to get you upping your 4×4 skills in no time at all and excellent picnic spots where you can stop to rest and take in the view.

    SA 4×4 Magazine Article

    You don’t need to take my word for any of this. Koos Zietsman, an ardent 4×4 enthusiast, accepted my challenge. He wrote a true account of his experiences here at Lammergeier Highlands Reserve for SA 4×4 Magazine. The article is titled Higher Ground and if you click on the name, you can read it.

    YouTube Footage

    In addition to the SA 4×4 Magazine Article, Koos also posted some great videos on YouTube. You can view these below to get a realistic feel for the 4×4 tracks he took on.

    River Rat Run


    Transkei Ridgeback


    Lammergeier Submarine


    Your Personal 4×4 Challenge

    You don’t need to be from SA 4×4 Magazine to be included in the challenge: the invitation is extended to you too.

    The SA 4x4 Magazine challenge is extended to you too!

    The SA 4×4 Magazine challenge is extended to you too!

    Come and show us just how capable you and your vehicle are, and be prepared to have the time of your life. We could always compare notes and discuss all the finer points of our adventures over a braai. At Lammergeier, this subject is unlikely to ever become a taboo.


3 Responses so far.

  1. Pieter says:

    Good Article about amazing 4 x 4 tracks

  2. Koos Zietsman says:

    Kevin, for a Highlands farmer you are very good with words too! The 4×4 trail is certainly worth a visit and the surrounding scenery breathtaking, certainly one to add to your bucket list!

    • Kevin Isted says:

      Thanks Koos – only good because of your expert driving skills – gave us mere mortals the confidence to conquer this incredible skyline on 4 wheels instead of 2 !!!