Come and fly the skies where black eagles soar, hike the paths of the leopard, climb the rocks where baboons play and spend some time at a rock pool each day.
Tucked high up in the Olifants River Mountains above Porterville in the Western Cape in South Africa, Beaverlac offers camping and cabins to maximise your enjoyment of nature. Situated in a secluded 5000-hectare valley surrounded by mountains, Beaverlac is blessed with two rivers, the Ratel (Honey Badger) and the Olifants.
A wide variety of hiking and mountain bike trails and rock pools are available for visitors.
Berghoff has four self-catering chalets: Erica, Disa, and Barbi on Berghoff itself and Klipspringer on the adjacent farm, Osdam. The chalets are situated on our commercial protea farms in the picturesque Olifantsrivier mountains above the town of Porterville. We welcome nature lovers and ask that all visitors please treat the area with respect. The chalets have situated some distance from one another, and guests are requested to keep music and noise to a minimum as most people visit our chalets to relax. We encourage mountain biking along the farm roads and hiking in the veld. The dam on Berghoff is perfectly suited for swimming and boating – a rowing boat and two canoes are available on the dam for use by our guests. Because of the altitude, we are substantially cooler than below the mountain, and even summer nights can sometimes be chilly. We have high rainfall in the winter months, and occasional snow – perfect for a fireplace, red wine, and a good book – although sunny winter’s days are abundant. In summer the sun can be harsh due to the altitude and sunblock is highly recommended.
Cedarpeak wilderness area at the southern tip of the Cederberg offers accommodation and outdoor activities. With access to one of the largest privately-owned wilderness areas in the Western Cape, the guest farm offers extensive opportunities for hiking, kloofing, and relaxation with sweeping views and a variety of rock pools to swim in.
Cedarpeak has a number of cottages. Rooibos cottage is cozy and secluded with easy mountain access and sweeping views of the Citrusdal Valley. Blomhoff can accommodate up to seven people and has spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valley below. Kleinbosch is a one bedroomed couple cottage close to the dam with a generous secluded stoep area. All accommodation comes fully equipped kitchen facilities.
Cedarpeak offers a wide range of nature-related activities include a variety of hiking from easy quick walks to serious mountaineering. The guest farm also has a large dam for swimming and fishing, numerous rock pools, and sweeping views of the area’s valleys and mountains. It is a great retreat from urban life for families, couples, or those in search of a deep nature experience.
There are spectacular rock formations unique to the Cederberg area and ancient rock paintings.
Cedarpeak is located in pristine wilderness offering guests exclusive access to 8000 hectares. Part of the Cape Fynbos Region the area contains one of the largest most diverse range of endemic plant species in the world. Animals such as duikers, grey rhebok, clawless otter, baboons, spectacular birdlife, and the rare Cape leopard can be found throughout the area. Rivers host the endangered Western Cape Yellowfish.
Excelsior Guest Farm
Excelsior Farm offers peaceful and tranquil self-catering accommodation, approximately 9 km outside of the beautiful farm town of Porterville. Porterville is conveniently located off the N7 Cape Town to Namibia route, making it an ideal stopover location. Excelsior Farm is the perfect escape for families or groups who wish to get away from the city bustle and enjoy the tranquility of country living.
Accommodation is offered in a lovely old colonial-style, family-owned farmhouse. The farmhouse is spacious and offers comfortable living with its traditional quaint atmosphere, surrounded by large eucalyptus trees.
The Country Farmhouse can accommodate up to 15 guests, and contains 6 bedrooms, a large cozy farm kitchen, and a comfortable living area, along with a large outside braai area. The kitchen is well-equipped for self-catering and features an argyle stove, a kettle, a toaster, cutlery and crockery, and glasses. Starter tea, coffee, and milk is supplied. A braai grid and braai accessories are provided. The farmhouse is secluded and offers peace and privacy.
An old reservoir has been renovated to serve as a swimming pool for those hot summer days. NO swimming towels provided.
There is also plenty to keep you busy, and guests can enjoy long walks, hikes, and mountain or off-road biking on the farm.
Heidedal Guest House is located at Heidedal Farms in the Olifantsberge. Groot Winterhoek Nature Reserve is only a 10-minute drive away and paraglider take-off sites located on the mountain from 5 to 15 minutes away. The nearest Town is Porterville at a distance of 27 km, a relaxed and scenic 30 to 40-minute drive. We have 2 accommodation facilities for you to enjoy. The Main house that accommodates up to 12 guests and Die Stalle up to 5 guests. Hang out and relax on the large porch at the Main House or on the lovely lawn at Die Stalle offering magnificent mountain views. A great variety of fauna, flora, and unique rock formations make for an interesting experience. Steenbokkies, Klipspringers, Kaapse Grysbok, Grys Ribbok, Baboons, Rooikatte, Cape Genet (Muskeljaatkat) and Leopards frequent the area. Kaapse Fynbos including many proteas and different species of Heaths, succulents, and restio grow in the surrounding veld. Disa species are well-represented of which the famous Red and Yellow Disa grow in or near water streams.
Mountain View B&B and Self-catering provides its guests with sublime accommodation at affordable rates and can accommodate up to 30 people sharing.
The self-catering unit is a large annex that is separate from the house. It can sleep up to 11 guests and comes with a fully equipped kitchen for your self-catering needs. The unit acts like a hostel and is ideal for group bookings.
We have a lovely braai area and a sparkling swimming pool for those hot summer days.
We are pet friendly and laundry facilities can be provided.
Guests will enjoy a view overlooking the mountains and the wheat fields. Calm, relaxing and peaceful…
Relax in comfort with 100% percale cotton linen and fluffy towels, a fully stocked kitchen, an indoor fireplace for those cosy (and sometimes snowy) winter nights and an outside braai area so you can make the most of the spectacular scenery. For the summertime, two cottages have private swimming pools and there is both a communal pool and a pristine dam for general enjoyment. Our friendly and helpful team are on hand to tailor your stay to suit your needs so please get in touch and let us help you plan your mountain getaway.