Porcupine Rest Camp is owned and run by Joy Clack. She spent many years travelling southern Africa’s wilderness areas and fell in love with the African bush. After many years of talking about opening a camp, she finally decided that she’d had 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 book your spot on Saturday night for the legendary wood-fired pizzas!
In keeping with Joy’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.