Beaverlac is beautiful campsite tucked away in the mountains above Porterville in the Western Cape. This campsite is dearly loved by many South African families and is the perfect weekend escape for a group of friends or a family holiday. The campsite is leafy and lush and there are so many gorgeous fresh mountain pools to swim in and hikes in the area.
Book a campsite at Beaverlac
Make a booking
Beaverlac is a very popular spot during the school holidays and for long weekends. If you plan on going during these peak times then I highly recommend booking in advance. For weekday stays you will have less of an issue booking closer to the time.
Booking is required for camping, but no deposit paid upfront. To book you need to fill out the Camping Booking Form. You’ll need the names, surnames and ID numbers of all guests attached to your booking as well as the vehicle registration numbers for each vehicle for your party.
Once you have been succesfully registered you will receive an email from Beaverlac giving you the login to view your booking. They will also send you an email to confirm whether your requested camping dates and booking have been approved or not.
The camping costs are as follows:
R30.00 per vehicle Entrance Fee
R75.00 per night for 18 years or older
R45.00 per night for children 4-17 years old
FREE per night for children under 4 years
R50.00 per night per dog
Camping fees are to be paid in cash upon arrival at reception.
Beaverlac does not have demarcated camping spots. It is done on a first come, first serve basis. There is no electricity at the camping spots, however, they do have a freezer for use by campers at own risk at the shop inside the camp. There are ablution blocks with toilets and showers. Remember to bring your own toilet paper.
They have a small on-site shop that sells wood, beer, wine, ice, bread, snacks and other basic items. Shop hours are seasonally dependant, please ask at reception for more details.
Check in & out and some rules
Check-in from 8am daily. You must leave Beaverlac no later than 5pm on your date of departure.
Beaverlac has a few non-negotiable rules which should be respected:
No music is allowed.
No musical instruments are allowed.
Absolute silence is required between 11:00pm and 07:00am.
Book a cabin at Beaverlac
Beaverlac does have some cottages to rent. Click here to view the various cottage options and their prices.
Book in time for cabins from 14h00 on day of arrival & 10h00 vacate on day of departure.
What to do in Beaverlac?
There is an abundance of beautiful mountain pools and waterfalls around Beaverlac. Make sure you spend some time soaking up the sunshine and the fresh mountain air by some of these pools. There is also a lovely hike to do while in Beaverlac.
The Main Pool
This pool is a 5 minute walk from the campsite. This is a lovely big pool with a stunning waterfall. You can jump off the waterfall into the water below. This pool can get quite busy in the busy season.
The Secret Pool
This pool is a 10 minute walk from the campsite. You’ll head on a dirt farm road in the opposite direction of the main pool. Turn left before the cement bridge and follow the trail for 5 minutes before arriving at the Secret Pool. This has a lovely wide waterfall and is a much quieter swimming spot.
Hike the Leopard trail and stop at Bumslide and Totem Pool
The Leopard Trail is a beautiful (but very exposed and hot) hike up the Ratel River. The trail start is on the path to the main pool- you turn right just before you arrive at the main pool. This trail passes the Bumslide Pool which is a fun break in this hot hike. You can slide along the wet rocks.
If you continue along the Leopard trail for a total time of one and a half hours you will reach the Totem Pool. This is another lovely mountain pool for swimming.
If you’re doing this trail please be sure to pack lots of water and sunscreen.
Beaverlac is a really wonderful camping spot for a weekend away in nature. Have you been to Beaverlac before? Let me know your favourite camping memory in the comments below! If you haven’t been, are you keen on planning a trip there?