The drive over Lundean’s Nek into the old Transkei and up the valley of Dangershoek is particularly beautiful. It is recommended that only high clearance 2wd vehicles & 4×4 attempt this as the condition of the road varies from good to bad from time to time. There is a spaza shop at Dangershoek for cooldrinks etc, so take along your own sandwiches. There is the option of continuing further up to Nomlengabana (past the Catholic Church in Dangershoek) but this route is bakkie or 4×4 only. The scenery is dramatic mountain cliffs, rivers & rural Transkei life. The river you follow is the border between Lesotho & South Africa.
Tiffindell is 30km from Reedsdell. A stunning 5km drive up Volunteers Hoek Pass gets you to the ‘top of the world’ where you travel another 15km to get Tiffindell Ski Resort. The Resort offers drinks & food from their restaurant in the summer months & you are most welcome as a day visitor. The dams & rivers on Tiffindell are Wild Trout Waters and a permit to fish can be sought at the Tiffindell Reception. Other summer activities include mountain biking, hiking to Ben McDhui peak (3001m) and the spectacular Telle Falls (6-hour hike). The alpine wildflowers are a sight to behold, especially in February & March. Your drive can continue to the top of Naude’s Nek via Cairntoul Police Station (1-hour), on to Rhodes – directly from Tiffindell (45 mins) or via Cairntoul (1½ hours), or turn around for home.
Rhodes can be accessed through Mosheshesford (1-hour) or over the mountain via Tiffindell (2-hours). Rhodes is a quaint Victorian-era village with some lovely historic buildings. Three restaurants (Walkerbouts Inn, Rhodes Hotel & Rubicon Restaurant) service the village, as well as 2 general dealers, a petrol station, two art galleries and an antique shop. Here the Drakensberg changes mood with weather and season, often covered in snow in winter or cascading waterfalls down vertical cliffs inviting a refreshing swim in summer.
Your hosts, Chris & Kath, have been farming for the last 20 years, with 15 years in the hospitality industry. The Isted family has been farming in the district for 6 generations.
Bring your own bikes for rides of a lifetime – groups & families are most welcome. The spectacular mountainous terrain of the Southern Drakensberg is the perfect setting for awesome guided trails that provide fun for the whole family. As we border on the former Transkei, we have literally hundreds of kilometres of unhindered riding terrain. No request is too unreasonable – we’ve seen it & done it all! Steep mountain tracks (up to 2750m) and challenging river crossings test your technical riding skills. Trails are guided and range from easy to difficult & technically challenging. Along the way there is always time to admire the breath-taking views, cool off in the mountain streams and roost each other in the muddy riverbed!
Chris assesses your ability and tailors the trail accordingly. Chris has lived his life in the area and is an experienced enduro rider – The Roof being one of his favourite races. He loves the technical challenges of the mountains but caters his trails to suit every need. Fun loving & knowledgeable, Chris makes the most of your trail experience, taking you to the best places in the area. Interaction with the locals is his specialty, adding value to your trail – whether it is lunch at a local shebeen or up at Tiffindell, you experience life as we live it.
The area is becoming well known for excellent riding – whether training for The Roof, or enjoying a fun day with the family. Chris has guided riding greats such as Giovanni Sala (7 times World Enduro Champion), Alfie Cox (9 times Roof of Africa Champion), Daryl Curtis & Riaan van Niekerk. We hosted the first ever KTM Rallye Raid in October 2007 here, which Chris helped Red Cherry Adventures organise. Chris was the route co-ordinator and set out the routes, covering hundreds of kilometres in the Barkly East, Rhodes, Maclear & Lady Grey districts. Comfortable accommodation and similar cottages on neighbouring farms enhance your visit to our spectacular area.
Reedsdell Guest Farm has the facilities to cater for every possible event or function no matter how big or small.
Set in the picturesque Witteberg mountain range, the southwestern spur of the Drakensberg, 1100 ha of pristine mountain terrain and crystal clear streams are home to Reedsdell Country Guest Farm.
The Guest farm nestles below the sheer cliffs of the majestic peaks of the Drakensberg among montane grasslands where visitors can hear the gurgle of the Joggem & Edgehill streams in which shy wild trout abide. Spotting the Mountain Reedbuck and Vaal Rhebok is a challenge as their shining coats blend in with the fawn grasslands. Home to the Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture) and the Black Eagle that fly wistfully on the thermals that rise above the dominating Drakensberg peaks. The surrounding valleys and ridges offer spectacular walks through an awe-inspiring landscape with many wildflowers and a variety of birdlife.
Here the Drakensberg changes mood with weather and season, often covered in snow in winter or cascading waterfalls down vertical cliffs inviting a refreshing swim in summer.
Why not plan your next camping trip, team-building event or even wedding at Reedsdell! Plenty of accommodation is available in the surrounding area as well as at Reedsdell, offering a variety of accommodation options to suit every need.
Perfect venue for any event or function!
Quad biking in New Zealand is an active adventure sport for the outdoor enthusiast. Quad bike trails can take you into the mountains, along the shores and even into the bush. If you are into adventure sports, adrenalin rushes and fun then quad biking is for you. Also known as All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s), these 4 wheelers are tough and versatile and ideal for exploring the countryside or pitting your riding skills against whatever mother earth has to offer.
With its wide variety of different topographies and vegetation, quad biking in New Zealand offers a great range of experiences for quad biking, irrespective if you are a beginner or a seasoned pro. There are a growing number of places for quad bike hire and by viewing the list above you can select somewhere close to you. Quad biking in NZ provides some tough and challenging terrain as well as milder environments for quad biking for kids of all ages.
A word on Quad Biking:
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.” – Hellen Keller
“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
If you are going to look for quad bike hire then you need to do some research and make sure you’ll be properly equipped with at least a helmet, gloves and a pair of good quality boots. This will make quad bike riding more pleasant and safer.
Quad biking in South Africa offers a variety of machines that vary in size both physically and from an engine capacity point of view and one should ensure that you are comfortable with both aspects before embarking on your quad bike adventure.
There were some fatalities in the early days of quad biking, largely due to rider ignorance and inexperience. Quad biking in South Africa is an adventure sport that provides equipment that is relatively easy to operate on a smooth, flat surface, but need skill and training when being ridden in more challenging conditions. Pay particular attention when looking for quad biking for kids. They often have a gung-ho approach and don’t realise the limits of their abilities and the power of the machines. Quad bike hire needs to be undertaken with caution when over enthusiastic teenagers are involved. Also, remember not only to look after yourself but also the environment. Quad bike riding is lots of fun but can cause irreparable damage to the environment so enjoy your quad adventure while being environmentally responsible.
Quad bike trails, quad adventures and quad bike riding offers many challenges and diverse uses: Recreation
Sport – Racing
Agriculture – Farming
The first quad bike ATVs were made during the 1950s. These early models had six wheels instead of four. Honda made the first three-wheeled ATV in 1970, and were famously portrayed in the James Bond movie, “Diamonds Are Forever”. Dubbed the US90 and, later, the ATC90, it was designed purely for recreational use. It featured large balloon tires instead of a mechanical suspension. By the early 1980s, suspension and lower-profile tires were introduced. The 1982 Honda ATC200E Big Red was a landmark model. It featured both suspension and racks, making it the first utility three-wheeled ATV. The ability to go anywhere on terrain that most other vehicles could not cross soon made them popular with US and Canadian hunters, and those just looking for a good trail ride or outdoor adventure. Soon other manufacturers introduced their own models.
Sport models were also developed by Honda, which had a virtual monopoly on the market, due to effective patents on design and engine placement. The 1981 ATC250R was the first high-performance three-wheeler, featuring full suspension, a 248-cubic-centimetre two-stroke motor, a five-speed transmission with a manual clutch and a front disc brake. For the sporting trail rider, the 1983 ATC200X was another landmark machine. It has an easy-to-handle 192-cubic-centimetre four-stroke that was ideal for new participants in the sport.
Suzuki was a leader in the development of 4-wheeled ATVs quad bikes. It sold the first ATV, the 1983 QuadRunner LT125, which was a recreational machine for beginners.
In 1985, Suzuki introduced to the industry the first high-performance 4-wheel ATV, the Suzuki LT250R QuadRacer. This machine was in production for the 1985-1992 model years. During its run, it underwent three major engineering makeovers. However, the major core features were retained. These were: a sophisticated long-travel suspension, a liquid-cooled two-stroke motor and a fully manual 5-speed transmission for 85-86 models and a 6-speed transmission for the 88-92 models. It was a machine exclusively designed for racing by highly skilled riders. Honda responded a year later with the FourTrax TRX250R-a machine that has not been replicated. Kawasaki responded with its Tecate-4 250. In 1987, Yamaha introduced a different type of high-performance machine, the Banshee 350, which featured a twin-cylinder liquid-cooled two-stroke motor from the RD350LC street motorcycle. Heavier and more difficult to ride in the dirt than the 250s, the Banshee became a popular machine with sand dune riders thanks to its unique power delivery. The Banshee remains hugely popular, but 2006 is the last year it will be available in the U.S. (due to EPA emissions regulations). In Canada, however, the Banshee will be back for the 2007 model year, still featuring the same parallel-twin, 350cc, two-stroke engine that made the machine famous.
At the same time, development of utility ATV quad bikes was rapidly escalating. The 1986 Honda FourTrax TRX350 4×4 ushered in the era of four-wheel-drive ATVs. Other manufacturers quickly followed suit, and 4x4s have remained the most popular type of ATV. These machines are popular with hunters, farmers, ranchers and workers at construction sites.
Safety issues with 3-wheel ATVs caused all manufacturers to switch to 4-wheeled models in the late ’80s, and 3-wheel models ended production in 1987, due to consent decrees between the major manufacturers and the Consumer Product Safety Commission — the result of legal battles over safety issues among consumer groups, the manufacturers and CPSC. The lighter weight of the 3-wheel models made them popular with some expert riders. Cornering is more challenging than with a 4-wheeled machine because leaning into the turn is even more important. Operators may roll over if caution isn’t used. The front end of 3-wheelers obviously has a single wheel making it lighter, and flipping backwards is a potential hazard, especially when climbing hills. Rollovers may also occur when traveling down a steep incline. The consent decrees expired in 1997, allowing manufacturers to once again make and market 3-wheel models, though there are very few marketed today.
Models continue today to be divided into the sport and utility markets. Sport models are generally small, light, two-wheel drive vehicles which accelerate quickly, have a manual transmission, and run at speeds up to 90 miles per hour (120 km/h). Utility models are generally bigger four-wheel drive vehicles with a maximum speed of up to 65 miles per hour (104 km/h). They have the ability to haul small loads on attached racks or small dump beds. They may also tow small trailers. Due to the different weights, each has advantages on different types of terrain.
Six-wheel models often have a small dump bed, with an extra set of wheels at the back to increase the payload capacity. They can be either 4-wheel drive (back wheels driving only), or 6-wheel drive.
There are also 6 and 8-wheel models where the rider sits inside, known as AATVs (amphibious all-terrain vehicles). These vehicles may float and are designed to go through swamps as well as dry land. These were around in the United States long before 4 and 3-wheeled vehicles were introduced (by Honda and other Japanese companies). Current brands of these machines include Argo and MAX. They consist of a fiberglass or hard plastic “tub” with low pressure (around 3 PSI) tires and use a skid-steer steering setup. Though not as fast as other ATVs, they can be operated with precision at slow speeds, and, of course, have the ability to float. The spinning action of the tires is enough to propel the vehicle through the water, albeit slowly. Outboard motors can be added for extended water use. Technically, these AATVs are not true ATVs by the ANSI definition of an all-terrain vehicle. Often, they have steering wheels or control sticks rather than motorcycle-type handle bars and are intended for more than a single rider, in contrast to ATVs that meet the ANSI definition. At the end of the day, no matter which machine you prefer quad bike riding is a great adventure sport.