Beaverlac Nature Reserve

Beaverlac Nature Reserve alternative travel destinationA Gem of a Place

This is a gorgeous, small nature reserve situated in the southern most part of the Cederberg on a working farm, Grootfontein, and nestled below the Olifants River mountains. There are endless waterfalls, rock pools and river water to keep you cool and lovely hikes – mostly quite easy.


The campsite has lots of shade, clean ablution blocks and a shop selling your basic needs. There are no electric points and there are no demarcated areas for pitching your tent – a case of first come get the best spot! At weekends and during holidays it does get fairly crowded with families and pets so try and make it here during the week and you’ll have the place virtually to yourself.

Self catering cottages and chalets are an option if you prefer not to camp. They are all pretty basic and you do need to bring bed linen and towels.



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Beaverlac Nature Reserve alternative travel destination
river in front of cottage
To stay:

Africa Cottage – situated 6km from the campsite it stands in glorious isolation on the Ratel’s river. You will have to take everything you need with you and be aware that you will have to carry it all across the river to the accommodation, but that’s half the fun!


Leopard’s Trail – an easy route that winds along the river with its many rock pools it can be completed in around 3 hours and starts just above the campsite at the waterfall.

Doing nothing, happily

Beautiful scenery, water all around and nothing to do but chill – hang those beers in a bag in the river to cool, grab a good book and relax. Beaverlac is one of a kind and is just a great getaway. For more info look at their website

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