Situated up in the Cederberg, about two to three hours from Cape Town, is Beaverlac. A favourite spot for local families and all round fantastic campsite. It is a natural heritage site surrounded by picturesque mountains and is an ideal camping spot for nature lovers and those in need of some well-deserved peace and quiet. The site has both designated campsites and cabins with toilets and showers. There is a well-equipped shop that stocks a range of goods in case you may run out of anything.
The surrounding area has lots of options as far as activities go, including hiking and mountain biking, swimming and fishing in nearby mountain rock pools and rivers. There are also several caves on the farm, some of which are decorated with rock paintings that are protected by the National Monuments Acts. Within the site there is a wide variety of hiking and mountain bike trails as well as natural pools for those hot summer days.
TWEEDE TOL, LIMIETBERG NATURE RESERVE
You will find Tweede Tol campsite on the Bainskloof Pass between Wellington and Ceres. The campsite has 26 sites available, each with its own braai area. You’ll be off the grid here as there are no electricity points, perfect for a completely relaxing ‘unplugged getaway’. The ablution facilities have hot water and flush toilets, but you have to take your own toilet paper. Make sure you bring everything you need as there aren’t any shops nearby.
Summers can be hot and dry but the natural rock pools in the area are perfect for cooling off in and during the winter months you may be lucky enough to spot the snow-capped mountains of Ceres. There are various hiking trails in the area that offer stunning views but be sure to keep an eye on the weather as it has been known to be unpredictable at times causing dangerous conditions. Best of all it will only take you roughly one and a half hours to get to this little slice of paradise from Cape Town.