Off-road enthusiast Fraser Mackintosh came up with the idea of a Mystery Rally for fellow 4×4 owners looking for adventure. Participants were tasked with figuring out tricky clues and following coordinates that would lead to famous landmarks, each with a unique challenge that would not only test their driving skills, but also competitor’s nous. Armed with a GPS and a set of clues, Team Land Rover AFRICA Magazine set off into the unknown…


After completing the entry form and paying the very affordable entry fee, the only thing that the entrants of the Mystery 4×4 Rally knew for certain was that the start location would be within 30km of the Cape Town CBD and that a distance of 500km will be completed over the weekend.

The questions were: Where were we going and what was planned for us? A sense of excitement for the unknown was visible on the faces of technical editor and driver, Ian Theron and his long-time friend and co-driver/navigator, Schalk Verwey. Being off-road enthusiasts with a nose for adventure, they relish these kinds of situations.

On a Friday afternoon, the GPS coordinates of the start location were sent to the entrants. Ian and Schalk, including myself as photographer/reporter, settled into Ian’s Defender 110 Tdi and headed out to the Beau Joubert Vineyards & Winery in Stellenbosch.


On top of a hill on the Beau Joubert wine farm, the rest of the entrants gathered where the official registration and briefing took place. A myriad of 4×4 represented the field, including Land Rover Defenders, Land Cruisers, Ford Rangers, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Fortuner, Jeep Wranglers and many others. A total of 30 cars took part in the challenge.

Read the full report in Issue#18 of Land Rover AFRICA Magazine

CLICK HERE to watch our video of the Mystery Rally 4×4.