Porcupine Rest Camp is owned and run by Joy Nel and her adventure and culture guide partner, Francois Roverch. Joy spent many years travelling southern Africa’s wilderness areas and fell in love with the African bush. After many years talking about opening a camp, she finally decided that she’d done enough talking and it was time to put 20 years of plans into action. She left the hustle and bustle of city life to follow her dream: to establish a spot for campers where you don’t need to share overcrowded ablutions or a run-of-the mill patch of lawn; a place where people could enjoy nature and all that it offers.
At Porcupine Rest Camp, when you book a site, it is yours exclusively. No sharing with strangers. Instead, you’ll have the peace and privacy that city life often denies you and you can spend quality time with your friends and family. Pop in for an ice-cold beer at The Overlander bar, and make sure to ask about what’s on the weekend menu – our wood-fired pizzas are legendary, and we also do steak rolls, stir-fries, burgers and whatever else stirs our fancy!
In keeping with Porcupine’s ideal of treading lightly through nature, the camp sites are designed to blend in with their natural setting and use mainly local materials and on-site resources. Deadwood and invasive flora is used to stoke the hot-water donkie boilers, and humble paraffin lanterns provide subtle lighting.
Joy also believes in putting something back, so most of the items available for purchase at The Overlander bar and camper’s lounge – meat, ice, bread, homemade goodies, curios, plants – are locally sourced and support local small businesses and the Vleiland and Karoo community.