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To confirm a booking, weekends and short stays (two nights or less) are to be paid in full upfront.
For stays longer than two nights, a 50% deposit is required, with the balance being payable upon arrival.

 

Banking details:
Account name: Porcupine Rest Camp

Bank: Standard Bank

Branch: Laingsburg (05 1001)

Account number: 08 317 552 0

Please use your initial and surname as reference and send proof of payment to fax or e-mail as above.

 

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About Us

Porcupine Rest Camp is owned and run by husband-and-wife team Allan and Joy Clack. This dynamic duo spent many years travelling southern Africa’s wilderness areas and fell in love with the African bush. After many years of talking about opening their own camp, they finally decided that they had done enough talking and it was time to put 20 years of plans into action. They left the hustle and bustle of city life to follow their 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.

 

In keeping with their ideal of treading lightly through nature, Allan and Joy have designed the sites to blend in with their natural setting and have used mainly local materials and on-site resources. Deadwood and invasive flora is used to stoke the hot-water donkies, and humble paraffin lanterns provide subtle lighting.

 

Allan and Joy also believe in putting something back, so most of the items available for purchase at the camper’s lounge – meat, chicken, eggs, bread, curios, plants – are locally sourced and support local small businesses and the Vleiland community.

Camp Sites

Currently there are three sites available – Karee, Sweet Thorn, River Camp – each in a unique setting and spaced well apart from the others. They offer privacy and a chance to really appreciate nature and the beauty of the Karoo landscape and Klein Swartberg mountains.

Each camp site has access to the seasonal river, and its own private beach or rock pool where you can enjoy a dip in the heat of summer (if the rains have been kind).



Each camp site includes: Private shower and flush toilet * Hot-water donkie * Large braai area with tap * Shady trees and beautiful setting * Paraffin lamps in showers and toilets.

Please note: Braai wood is available to purchase at the camp site. No electricity available at the camp sites. Cellphone reception intermittent at the camp sites. Only Vodacom and limited Cell C coverage; no MTN available.

Named after the large Red Karee (Searsia lancea) trees within which the camp site is located, this site has recently been expanded and is now suitable for up to 12 people.   It is an idyllic, shady site for those who appreciate their privacy and being surrounded by nature. Wake up to the calls of the Cape SpurfowlRead more...

Named after the large Red Karee (Searsia lancea) trees within which the camp site is located, this site has recently been expanded and is now suitable for up to 12 people.

 

It is an idyllic, shady site for those who appreciate their privacy and being surrounded by nature. Wake up to the calls of the Cape Spurfowl and Hadeda Ibis, enjoy sundowners by the camp’s private spot on the river, and marvel at the immense Karoo night sky from the Stargazer shower.

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  • braaiBraai area
  • donkeyHot water donkie
  • bulbParaffin lamps
  • toiletPrivate flush toilet
  • showerPrivate Shower
This is the largest site and can accommodate a group of up to 16 people. It includes two showers and two flush toilets, all of which have their own unique view of the surrounding Acacia woodland.   The focal point of this lovely site is a huge Sweet Thorn (Acacia karroo) or Soetdoring tree – sittingRead more...

This is the largest site and can accommodate a group of up to 16 people. It includes two showers and two flush toilets, all of which have their own unique view of the surrounding Acacia woodland.

 

The focal point of this lovely site is a huge Sweet Thorn (Acacia karroo) or Soetdoring tree – sitting underneath the wide branches in the dappled shade or around the fireplace at night is the perfect place to end off the day’s adventures. On hot days, take a stroll down to the camp’s private beach and swimming hole at the river.

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  • braaiBraai area
  • donkeyHot water donkie
  • bulbParaffin lamps
  • toiletPrivate flush toilet
  • showerPrivate Shower
  • personsSuits sixteen
A cosy setting in a woodland glade, this camp site caters for up to six people. A great spot for birders and nature enthusiasts, you will be awoken each morning by the dawn chorus from the area’s birdlife.   The seasonal river is the highlight of this camp and when the river is flowing (most ofRead more...

A cosy setting in a woodland glade, this camp site caters for up to six people. A great spot for birders and nature enthusiasts, you will be awoken each morning by the dawn chorus from the area’s birdlife.

 

The seasonal river is the highlight of this camp and when the river is flowing (most of the year) you will fall asleep to the sound of gently bubbling water.

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Midweek Special Offer
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Includes
  • braaiBraai area
  • donkeyHot water donkie
  • bulbParaffin lamps
  • toiletPrivate flush toilet
  • showerPrivate Shower

Activities

Porcupine Rest Camp is located near the tiny farming settlement of Vleiland in a picturesque valley on the boundary of the Central and Little Karoo. Access to the camp site is directly off Route 323, making this an ideal location for a weekend away or a stopover on any road trip encompassing the Seweweekspoort or Route 62.

As the rest camp has just opened the activities here are still in development, but walks on the farm, birding and picking of figs and olives (when in season) can be enjoyed here. The area is also a stargazer’s delight with dramatic views of the Milky Way suspended above the Klein Swartberg mountain range. During the winter months, the mountains surrounding the valley are often dusted with snow and impressive waterfalls flow down the cliff faces.

Spring is the time to enjoy the wild flower displays, while the heat of summer gives you the perfect excuse to relax and enjoy a cool drink under the shade of the camp’s many trees.

Within easy reach of the camp, as either a day trip or as part of your journey, are:
Seweweekspoort - This spectacular road meanders through the Klein Swartberg range and is a must-see, especially in the early morning light of the summer months. It was originally used as a means to penetrate the Great Karoo, but now serves as a scenic route linking Route 62 outside Ladismith to Laingsburg on the N1.

Seweweekspoort Peak - (prominence 1 543 metres; elevation 2 325 metres) is the highest point in the Western Cape.

Ladismith – heart of brandy country. This little town on Route 62 is nestled at the foot of Towerkop (‘magic mountain’). It is surrounded by fruit orchards and is also home to two cheese factories. Award-winning wines and pot still brandy can be savoured at Ladismith Cellar. Annual events include the Ladismith Cheese 7weekspoort MTB Challenge and the Ladismith Cheese & Wine Festival, held in October.

Calitzdorp – Port capital of South Africa. The Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival takes place here every year in June. This scenic little town on Route 62 includes seven wine cellars, and visitors can also enjoy the Historical or the Art Meander through the town.

Oudtshoorn – Feather palaces and the Cango Caves. Renowned internationally for its ostriches and the magnificent Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn is also a cultural hub and plays host to the KKNK, the annual Afrikaans language festival that celebrates both the visual and performing arts.

Laingsburg – Flood Museum. The flood that occurred here on 25 January 1981 is considered one of the biggest natural disasters in South Africa’s history, and resulted in the deaths of 104 men, women and children. The museum specialises in the history of the flood but also includes the Wolfaardt Collection of Africana memorabilia from the Great Trek and Anglo-Boer War.

For other events in the area, go to: www.karooevents.co.za

Things to see

The lists of wildlife and birdlife that can be seen on the farm and in the surrounding area are a work in progress. If you see any species that aren’t listed here, please let us know and we’ll add them. For a full list click here

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From the N1

Travel on the N1 as far as the town of Laingsburg. At our sign in Laingsburg, turn into Van Riebeek Street (Right if coming from Cape Town, or Left if coming from Johannesburg). Follow this road past the OK grocery store and out of town. Continue for 47 km until you reach Porcupine Rest Camp (30 km on tar, the last 17 km on gravel).

 

From Route 62

The turn-off to Seweweekspoort is 20 km outside of Ladismith, opposite Amalienstein (between Calitzdorp and Ladismith). Travel through the poort and take the left fork at the Gamkapoort Dam turn-off. Continue for 25 km until you reach Porcupine Rest Camp.

 

From the N2

At Riversdale, take the R323 turn-off to Ladismith. At the junction of the R323 and Route 62, turn right. Continue through Ladismith on Route 62 and travel for 20 km until you reach the Seweweekspoort turn-off on the left. Travel through the poort and take the left fork at the Gamkapoort Dam turn-off. Continue for 25 km until you reach Porcupine Rest Camp.

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Route 323, VleilandBetween N1 and Route 6225 km from SeweweekspoortClick to view detailed directions
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