Beaverlac is a working farm, and a natural heritage site owned by the Olivier brothers. It is nestled in a deep, secluded valley in the Grootwinterhoek mountains, just above the sleepy town of Porterville, approximately 140km from Cape town.
This campsite has a lot to offer, and in my opinion the most spectacular being the Leopard trail, heading up the Ratel River. Pack a picnic basket and spend some time at one of the many
pristine mountain pools heading up the river. The first pool is less than five minutes walk from the campsite, and the Totem Pool, (the further most pool) is approximately an hour and half walk from the campsite, at a fairly leisurely pace.
If fishing is your thing, then take a leisurely walk down to the Olifants River (approximately 5km) and catch a bass or three. They are plentiful. (Just never plentiful when I try and catch) As the bass is alien to the river, the farmers along the river bank ask that you remove the bass from the river. If you are fortunate enough to catch a fairly rare yellow fish , you are asked to return it to the river as it is a protected species. No driving is allowed down to the Olifants River, unless you are a permit holder. A stiff fine will be imposed if you are caught driving on the farm roads.
This is also a bird lovers paradise and almost every time we visit Beaverlac we are fortunate to spot a pair of Black Eagles, usually soaring high above the Ratel river. One can also spend hours watching the weavers building there very characteristic shaped nests hanging from the trees and the shrike catching their insects.
Beaverlac also has a small, but very well stocked shop that has almost everything on offer for a weekend camping, even wine at very reasonable prices. Porterville is about 25km from the campsite, and driving time to there takes about 45 minutes, as Dasklip Pass is fairly steep, and the going is quite slow.
There are no bins provided and you must take all your rubbish home with you.
This is an older post submited by Helga in March 2011
We went to Beaverlac the other weekend — very spur of the moment. Beaverlac is one of the few places you do not have to make a booking way in advance – you just rock up. You may also bring your dog! First come first serve, unless you are one of the few lucky ones to have a permanent caravan-home on site. A limited amount of these are up for rent – that has to be booked in advance.
So, off we go on the N7, turn left at Piketberg, down towards Porterville. Turn left at T and right at Dasklip pass. (Check for correct directions). The road leading up the mountain is not a walk in the park – the road is narrow and BAD. We wished we still had our bakkie but slowly does it and we are on top and then down (left) again for another few agonizing (rocky) k’s till we are there!
The place is packed as it is long weekend – we should have left earlier but we find a spot and soon settle in. It is HOT in March (car says 40˚) and we are off to the closest pool about 100m away. How stunning! The water is clear and cool. People are taking turns jumping off the waterfall rocks and the surroundings are just spectacular! The kids have a ball. We enjoy but never take out eyes off our young children as the water, though beautiful, is deep. My friend comments that she has never seen so many tattoos in her lifeJ.
We walked back to the camp at around 8pm – it is still 39˚! The (full) moon has come up – this is picture time. Braaing and sleeping in full moon has such an amazing feeling to it. The fires are all around and people are jolly. Late at night some rowdy Germans keep us out of our sleep on their way to the pool but all in good spirit.
The next day we are up early – it is still boiling hot! We had a cereal breakfast, kids put on their takkies and off we trot to our next lot of pools. There are many trails and more pools. Beaverlac is a place to visit more than once. Take a rucksack with picnic goodies and spend the whole day exploring the pools and trails! The views here are beyond “Eeden” – this is too beautiful for words. Crystal clear water all around, firm rock below the feet, fish swimming around, water falls…HEAVEN. We never want to leave here EVER!
- · Not too far from Cape Town (about 2 hours)
- · No booking needed
- · Easy laid back atmosphere
- · Many trees and shade
- · Affordable get-away
- · Can buy wood, ice and basic essentials at little shop
- · Amazing rock pools!!!
- · Road very bad to reach Beaverlac
- · Can be very crowded over long weekends
- · Must remove own rubbish
- · Bathrooms quite neat but not always hot water
- · No electricity at camp sites
022 931 2945
022 931 2945
|Nearest Town||Porterville||Max Persons||Pay per Person|
|Distance from Town||25km||Chalets/Cottages||Yes|
|Shop with basics||Yes||Brochure|
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