Isuzu Off-Road Academy South Africa

Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: May 12, 2014
Categories: ISUZU Community Events, Isuzu

  • Isuzu Off-Road Academy ups ante
  • New two-day Advanced 4x4 Driving Course offers greater off-road driver education
  • Professional and highly-qualified instructors
  • Tough Isuzu KB 300 4x4 used as standard training vehicle
  • Certification in advanced 4x4 driving results in safer, better informed drivers


12 MAY 2014 – The Isuzu Off-Road Academy, which was launched in 2010 as an off-road driver training academy for existing and potential Isuzu customers, is expanding its off-road driver training offering to include a tougher and more comprehensive two day Advanced 4x4 Driving Course.

“Our popular training programme has received numerous requests, from people who have undergone basic 4x4 training in the past, for the introduction of a longer, more challenging module. We have responded with the introduction of the new two-day Advanced 4x4 Driving Course which will offer more intensive training for experienced drivers and avid off-road enthusiasts,” comments Isuzu Off-Road Academy Lead Instructor, Grant McCleery.

The new Advanced course covers vehicle recovery, mechanical knowledge, correct vehicle packing procedures, driving- and towing techniques with trailers and caravans – all covered in an intense two-day course which complements the existing one-day course which covers 4x4 orientation and basic off-road driving techniques, amongst other 4x4 basic skills.

Based primarily at the Gerotek test facility West of Pretoria, the Isuzu Off-Road Academy also has the ability to train candidates anywhere in South Africa, even travelling into neighbouring countries where training is a vital tool for the safety and wellbeing of both the people who drive off-road vehicles, as well as the environments in which they operate.

McCleery continues: “Since inception in 2010, the Isuzu Off-Road Academy has successfully trained almost 3 000 4x4 enthusiasts who now have a heightened understanding of how their vehicles operate and indeed how to make best use of the various 4x4 systems available to them.”


All instructors – including Grant McCleery, Marius van Vuuren and Fanus Kruger –are certified as 4x4 driving course instructors by the South Africa Qualification Authority. The Isuzu Off-Road Academy is also an accredited advanced driver training institution, and all successful candidates are issued with a certificate upon completion of the course.

“The Isuzu KB has become a familiar part of the South African driving landscape over the 34 years that we have been building it in Port Elizabeth. We are pleased to be able to offer a course which will enhance the Isuzu ownership experience for our customers,” said Mlungisi Nonkonyana, Isuzu Brand Manager at General Motors South Africa.

“The knowledge and experience gained through the Academy is vital to the safe operation of any 4x4 vehicle off the beaten track, where vehicle preparation, driver education and environmental knowledge are key factors to safe journeys. With the new extended programme, a challenging and more practical setup will prove most effective in producing safer and more experienced drivers.”

The Isuzu Off-Road Academy can be contacted on 011 431 2000

The courses offered by the Isuzu Off-Road Academy are:

  • One-day Basic 4x4 Driver Training Course: R1 500 excl VAT
  • Two-day Advanced 4x4 Driver Training Course: R 2 500 excl VAT