Porcupine Rest Camp
Western Cape - Karoo- Lainsberg
Porcupine Rest Camp is located approximately 30 minutes drive from the town of Laingsberg in the Western Cape. The camp site lies in a valley between the Klein Swartberg mountain ranges. The camp site can be accessed via the N1 and the R323 via Laingsberg, or alternatively via Route 62. The estimated travel time from Cape Town via the N1 is 3h25m at a distance of approximately 310kms. Take the N1 freeway from Cape Town into the centre of Laingsberg. Turn onto the R323 and head south out of town. Travel along the R323 for another 45kms and you will find the camp site on your right hand side, just before the Vleiland sports grounds. Alternatively, the site can be reached from Route 62. Taking the N1 and the R60 towards Robertson and Montagu, route 62 will lead you towards Barrydale and Ladismith. Approximately 22kms outside of Ladismith, turn left onto the R323 towards Seweweekspoort (the turn off is between Calitzdorp and Ladismith - opposite Amalienstein). After 50km, take the left fork towards Laingsburg as you exit the poort. The campsite will be in your right.
The N1 freeway is tarred all the way to Laingsberg. The road leaving Laingsberg, is tarred, but turns to gravel after approximately 30kms. There is a steep pass that leads down into the valley. The 17km of gravel road is usually in a good condition, but caution must be taken after and during heavy rain. The road conditions in the poort vary dramatically depending on how much rain falls..
The camp site only has 3 stands. The largest site, Sweet Thorn, can accommodate up to 16 people, the second camp site, Karee, is suitable for up to 12 people, and the smallest camp site, River Camp, is perfect for up to 6 people. All three sites are located along and have access to a seasonal river, Each site is clearly demarcated and offers a very high degree of privacy. The ground consists of compacted sand and it is relatively easy to drive your tent pegs in. There is very little grass, so make sure to pack your ground sheets if you want to keep your tents clean. There are lovely large trees providing ample shade at each site. Tents, trailers and offroad caravans are all welcome.
There is no electricity at the camp sites, so if you want to keep your fridge running, make sure to bring your solar panels and deep cycle battery. Should you wish to charge your electronic devices, like your phone, camera or ipad, you are more than welcome to do so in the bar/pub.
There are paraffin lanterns at the camp sites and in the bathrooms.
Each camp site has its own ablution facility. The largest camp site has two bathrooms with toilets, a basin and a shower. All the ablutions are open air with rattan walls for privacy. The two smaller camps also have their own ablutions consisting of a toilet, basin an shower. The ablution blocks are very pretty and have a unique charm of being open air and still affording a high degree of privacy. Hot water is supplied by a hot water donkey (a water tank that is heated by lighting a fire underneath), so as long as the donkey it lit, there is ample hot water to go around. Toilet paper is supplied, just bring some soap.
Each camp site has its own tap with drinkable water.
Each site has a lovely circular stone braai and the braai grid is supplied. Wood can be purchased from the owner.
Bins are provided on the campsites.
There is a single basin with hot water (from the donkey) for washing up purposes,
There is a lovely dam on the farm if you want to swim
Each camp site is located on the river and have their own private beach
Each camp site is completely private and no other campers will be allocated to that site.
All camping equipment can be hired from the owners
There is a lovely, cozy bar/pub at the camp site
There is a pool table in the bar
The owners prepare fresh pizza in their wood fired pizza oven on a Saturday evening
Breakfast is served at the bar by prior arrangement
Locally sourced free range meat, ice and freshly baked bread is for sale
Local home-made preserves, jams and dried fruit are for sale
There is intermittent cell phone reception at the camp site.
The camp site does not allow pets
Cell 072 448 2016 (Joy) or 072 342 0511 (Allan)
The campsite is located in a green, narrow valley and is surrounded by beautiful mountains. During winter you may even see a dusting of snow on the peaks. The views are spectacular and it is well worth your while to take a walk around the farm. The owners are firm believers in maintaining the area as untouched as possible in order to fully appreciate the beauty of this valley. The camp sites are designed for maximizing privacy and enjoyment of the natural environment whilst having as little or no impact on the environment as possible. This is true bush camping, where the sounds of birds awaken you in the morning, the silence of the bush during the day is almost palpable and the stargazing at night is truly breathtaking. The owners, Joy and Allan, are very hospitable and enjoy spending time swapping camping stories with their guests at the Overlander bar. This cozy bush pub welcomes you with a cool drink and invites guest to enjoy a game of pool. Enjoy the lovely hand made preserves and dried fruit, munch on some lovely home baked bread and don't forget to make a date for pizza night on a Saturday evening.