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Tag Archives: Beaverlac

Winter-Spring in Beaverlac

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    Sunrise and Moonrise, Beaverlac
    Sunrise and Moonrise, Beaverlac
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    Moonrise
    Moonrise
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    Bedroom, Moonrise
    Bedroom, Moonrise
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    Living area, Moonrise
    Living area, Moonrise
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    Waterfall before the storm
    Waterfall before the storm
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    Waterfall after the storm
    Waterfall after the storm
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    Blossoms, Beaverlac
    Blossoms, Beaverlac
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    Beaverlac Spring
    Beaverlac Spring
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    Spring at Beaverlac
    Spring at Beaverlac
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We stayed at Beaverlac for the long weekend in the cottage, Moonrise. We’d usually choose to camp, but when we planned this weekend we considered the questionable temperament of August weather and opted to be safe instead. And in light of the Mordor-esque storm that powered through the Western Cape from Saturday morning, we were exceptionally glad we did.

If you are wondering about Beaverlac’s array of ‘cottages’, here’s my take:

Beaverlac in Winter

My last entry on Beaverlac was a tad critical, but for very good reason. As I said, the setting, the site’s subsequent popularity and the no-booking policy have resulted in a campsite that is uncomfortably full over holidays and long weekends, especially in summer (a friend of mine having said that his visit over a long weekend this year was his first and will be his last). It’s a pity because it is possibly the most tranquil and splendid farm I have encountered, especially now- ‘out of season’.

Beaverlac, Grootfontein Farm/ Beaverlac Nature Reserve, Western Cape

Place: Beaverlac Nature Reserve, Grootfontein Farm, Olifants River Mountains
Closest Town: Porterville (24km)
Facilities: Basic, scattered ablutions with about 2 showers worth of hot water per day on a busy weekend, super-stocked shop
Water: A spectacular river (Olifants), and the Ratel river with many waterfalls and exquisite rock pools
Surroundings: Rugged rocks and mountains typical of the Western Cape
Turf: Relatively flat, attempted grass in places, sandy patches, increasingly shady (they keep planting trees)
Distance from CT: Roughly 170km
Privacy: Average. 1st come 1st serve. None over long weekends or during holidays
Highlight: Scrambling up the Ratel River and its rock pools, and Olifants River Valley
Cost: R40 pppn and R15 vehicle fee, no bookings except for cottages
Contact: 022 931 2945, www.beaverlac.co.za
GPS Coordinates: -32.907262,19.067287

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Besides the fact that I have voted Beaverlac my favourite farm in the Western Cape so far, and the fact that the setting is undeniably on par with my preference, this is objectively a true gem- its increasing popularity indicative of this.