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Swartland Region - 25km from Porterville, 2 hours from Cape Town

This stunning little establishment is nestled in the Olifants River Mountains surrounded by 5000 hectares of exquisite Cape fauna and flora. This wilderness area is lucky to be blessed with two breathtaking rivers - the Ratel (honey badger) and the Olifants – which provide the opportunity to wallow and swim in magical natural pools filled by waterfalls of crystal clear water (only a five minute walk from your bed or tent). One can either spend ones time at Beaverlac simply chilling out at the river or in the Fynbos, however, if you’re in the mood for a little more action, the area has splendid hikes as well as mountain bike trails. If birding is your thing then don’t forget your bino’s and bird book as there are plenty of beautiful feathered friends to be spotted here including the majestic yet lethal black eagle.

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Beaverlac prides itself on selling peace and quite

no music is allowed and it is only the frogs and nocturnal birds and mammals that are free to make as much noise as they like after ten o’clock. This may not appeal to party animals but it does make this destination a perfect place to get away from the hum of the city.

The accommodation is simple and may require a little bit of a rustic spirit. Beaverlac offers both campsites – at R40 per person per night (under 14yrs at R30) and a selection of chalets or cottages. The campsite is large and pleasantly informal with pit-fires being used for your braai. Ablutions are equipped with all one needs although the showers are cold.

If the idea of camping doesn’t entail you jumping for joy then decide between the following chalets or cottages and we will see what is available:

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Sunrise and Moonrise:

R280 per night per cottage (R70 per person)
Two semi-detached stone cottages in the avocado orchard that both sleep four people. Each has its own bathroom with cold shower and toilet and basin. Neither have electricity so one will need to bring gas lamps and/or candles (we can provide these). Both have gas fridges and stoves as well as a basic collection of crockery, cutlery and pots.  There are also two fireplaces for the colder evenings. Moonrise and sunrise both have great views and we would recommend them for a group of eight.       


R220 per night (R55 per person)
This is a simple and sweet little wooden hut that has the best view in the campsite and can sleep four people. This humble little abode has the luxury of a hot shower as well as electricity, a fridge, stove and basic cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.


R200 per night (R100 per person)
Two people can call Patat home for the weekend and will be graced with electricity, a fridge and basic cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.


R200 for the first two people per night, R45 a head thereafter (R63 per person)
This is a quaint little wooden hut with two rooms and can sleep six people. It has electricity and a fridge. Basic cutlery, crockery, pots and pans are provided.


R200 per night for the chalet (R100 per person)
This little chalet is conveniently placed on the edge of the campsite and provides the perfect spot for two star crossed lovers. It has electricity and a fridge as well as basic cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.


R140 per night for the hut (R70 per person per night)
This is a delightful small wooden hut that sleeps two people. It is more rustic than the other huts or chalets as it doesn’t have electricity and thus a gas lamp and/or candles will need to be packed (we can provide these). This hut has a two plate gas stove as well as basic cutlery, crockery, pots and pans. Bring a cooler box as this little weekend home is short of a fridge (you can but ice at the campsite shop).


R220 a night for the first two people and R45 a head thereafter (R88,75 per person)
This wooden hut is perfect for bigger groups - it has two rooms and can sleep up to eight people. It has electricity as well as a fridge and a two plate stove.  This hut is fitted with a refreshing outdoor shower that is connected to an adjacent tree. Basic cutlery and crockery is provided as are pots and pans.

Pixie Hut: 

R140 per night for the hut (R70 per person)
This aptly named little hut is perfect for a couple. It has one 3/4 sized bed and is wired with electricity. There is a little fridge and basic cutlery, crockery pots and pans are provided.


R200 a night for the first two people and R30 a head thereafter
This hut is designed for the adventurous. Here you are only provided with a roof over your head and a table and chairs. The beauty of this spot is that it is six kilometers from the campsite and perched on the banks of the Ratel River. If it is isolation and relaxation that you are looking for this is where it is to be found – that’s as long as you are hard enough to endure the lacking luxury.

General information:

There is no cellphone reception in the area but there is a public phone at the campsite reception. Beaverlac is home to a little shop where you can get hold of basics as well as cold drinks, beer, wine, wood and ice. There is also a deep freeze that the campers can use in the shop and R2 is charged per bag of goods to be frozen or kept cold. Whether camping or staying in a chalet or cottage you must bring your own braai grid, sleeping bag, pillows and towels.  Beaverlac is pet friendly so your dogs are welcome (at R30 per tail per night).  Day visitors are welcome at R5 per vehicle and R20 per person (under 6yrs free).


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