The Lammergeier Private Nature Reserve accommodation and adventure trails are situated near the southeastern part of the Drakensberg, commonly known as the Witteberg. We are situated between Lady Grey and Barkly East in the Eastern Cape and cover an area of some 25000hectares. Ranging in altitude from 1500m, our lowest riverbed, to 2750m, which is the highest mountain peak on the reserve called Snowdon, with spectacular views from the mountain peaks and in the valley gorges.
On arrival our guests are greeted at Reception and provided with map and necessary information for their activities or are escorted to their ‘home’.
Certain hiking trails are marked while others are GPS orientated. These run through kloofs, river crossings, up on the plateaus and up onto mountain ridges with beautiful scenery. The Karringmelkspruit affords plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sparkling waters – some 13 km of pristine wild trout waters and in summer we wait for the rains, so that the long waited tubing ‘games’ can begin. We regularly see sightings of the Lammergeier, Cape Vulture and Black Eagle as well as many other bird varieties too numerous to mention. A longstanding policy of organic farming has been followed, where no pesticides and herbicides are used, which has increased the bird and wildlife dramatically.
The Isted family has been awarded the Prestigious Grasslands Society of South Africa “Conservation Farmer of the Year “ Award for 1997.
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