About Reedsdell Country Guest Farm
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. Holistic farming practices ensure the sustainability of the fragile ecosystems, while Eco-tourism allows this scenic environment to be shared responsibly with one and all.
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 and 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.
Your hosts, Chris and Kath, have been farming for the last 16 years, with 14 years in the hospitality industry. The Isted family has been farming in the district for 6 generations. Chris is an experienced Polocrosse player and races off road motorbikes competitively.
Reedsdell Country Guest Farm
A comfortable sandstone farmhouse with beautiful grounds and magnificent views that invite you to just sit and relax or take a casual stroll to experience the nature around you. Challenging mountain terrain provides exciting activities for the more adventurous spirits. Situated 300m from the Joggem river, it is ideally placed for the fly fisherman, with a variety of activities for the rest of the family to enjoy.
Three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (main bedroom en-suite) with a lounge and dining room provide comforts for a pleasing stay. The open fireplace, solid fuel heater, electric blankets and wall-mounted heaters ward off the winter cold. Meals provided. Sleeps up to 10 persons
A lovingly restored stone barn, Stable Cottage is the epitome of a mountain retreat. The delightful & tastefully decorated cottage is fully equipped for self-catering with a kitchen / dining room, lounge, 1 double & 1 twin bedroom and 1½ bathrooms. The open fireplace and wall-mounted heaters add to the cosy atmosphere in winter when snow is often seen on the mountain peaks (and on the ground!) from the comfort of the lounge. The cottage is serviced and meals provided on request. Sleeps from 4-6 persons.
Reedsdell Guest Farm has added camping to their accommodation facilities! What can beat the view up Lundeans Nek from your sheltered camping spot under the pines close to the farmhouse and shed, nestling below the sheer cliffs of the majestic peaks of the Southern Drakensberg - an awe-inspiring landscape with many wildflowers and a variety of birdlife and small wildlife.
The ablution facilities include 10 hot water showers and six flush loos – ideal for accommodating big groups with a never-ending supply of hot water supplied by a 2000L donkey-system. We specialise in group events, catered where needed, in our beautiful sandstone shed built from stone that used to house the turn-of-the-century Wartrail Cheese Factory. The shed can easily seat up to 200 people comfortably. For individual families, there are indoor facilities for eating or relaxing in when there is wet weather inside the shed.
Our country craft shop & tea-garden, Woolly’s in Wartrail, offers our visitors beautiful woollen products – sheepskin slippers, as well as locally hand-knitted scarves & beanies from the Masibambane Knitting Group.
Quad-bike & scrambler trails:
Bring your own bikes for rides of a lifetime - groups and 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.
Steep mountain tracks (up to 2750m) and challenging river crossings test your technical riding skills. Chris is an experienced Roof of Africa rider who assesses your ability and tailors the trail accordingly. Trails are guided and range from easy to difficult & technically challenging.
A spectacular drive from Telle Bridge through to Lundeans Nek on good gravel road brings you to Reedsdell. Trails are guided by Chris, ranging from easy to very difficult. Pre-trail assessments are done before beginning a trail. The Dargle Trail - “It was my slightly off-track approach to a rutted mud section, 2693m above sea level in the northern Eastern Cape, which left the …pick-up in need of jack & the ‘road’ in urgent need of reconstruction.
“All part of the fun,” Wartrail guide Chris Isted chuckled…” Getaway magazine April 2006. This is a challenging trail, taking approximately 5 hours and rated a difficulty of 3 by the Getaway magazine. A maximum of 8 vehicles can participate & it is a strictly guided trail. The scenery from the summit is breath taking & well worth the effort to get there.
New England & Wartrail Community Tourism Organisation