Beaverlac Nature Reserve

This little talked about gem lies just 25 kilometres outside of Porterville in the Olifants River Mountains in the Cederberg

Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Beaverlac Nature Reserve

This little talked about gem lies just 25 kilometres outside of Porterville, roughly 2 hours from Cape Town, in the Olifants River Mountains in the Cederberg region.

Over 5 000 hectares of wilderness gives one the opportunity to completely unwind amidst beautiful specimens of fynbos, naturally occurring waterfalls and enchanting pools that appear as if by magic and prove perfect stopping points on the various mountain bike trails (biking enthusiasts rate the trails as well worth it, particularly if you head off into the mountains to some of the more carefully hidden mountain pools) and hikes in the reserve.

Beaverlac has been touted as a haven for nature lovers and highly rated amongst botanists. Aside from the waterfalls there are also some incredible rock formations and bird life that includes sightings of the black eagle.

Evenings are filled with the sounds of frogs – there are two rivers, the Olifants and the Ratel (honey badger) that run through the Beaverlac Nature Reserve – nocturnal birds and the rustling of other night animals, and to ensure peace, no radios or music are allowed in the reserve.

Beaverlac lies virtually behind Porterville, up in the mountains and has a lovely campsite in the shade of pine trees for those wanting to overnight.

One of the best walks available in the reserve, which is actually situated on Grootfontein farm - a natural heritage site in its own right -, is the Leopard Trail. It isn’t long for starters (those wanting to attempt more strenuous tasks will be keen to try the Dwars River Trail or Olifants Trail) but it does take one through a sequence of pools along the Ratel River and allows one to easily make a day of it.

Popular Activities in or near Beaverlac Nature Reserve

Leopard Trail, Beaverlac

This trail is the only marked route on the farm. As a result, it is fairly popular. It starts at the main mountain pool and waterfall close to the campsite. Because it follows the river, it is a great trail to do on a hot day. At the same time...

More info and contact details: Leopard Trail, Beaverlac

Groot Winterhoek Hiking Trails

The wilderness area known as Groot Winterhoek is a conservation area protecting mountain fynbos and various forms of wildlife. The mountainous area is well known for its rugged landscape, rock formations and access to rock paintings by the...

More info and contact details: Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area Hiking Trails

Did you know?

Facilities at Beaverlac are basic – there are no laid out camp sites; everyone just finds themselves a spot wherever they see fit and there is no electricity so make sure you pack essentials you might need.

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