Have a weekend off and looking for that perfect place to visit with some friends? Beaverlac in Porteville has to be one of the most beautiful places we have visited in the Western Cape in a while – and it’s just over 3 hours outside of Cape Town!
Relax, unwind and disconnect to reconnect to what really matters! Never having been there before, we found packing for the unknown a little tricky, so we wanted to put a bit of a list of our top 5 MUST pack things for your trip to Beaverlac.
1. The People!
They say that it’s not about where you travel, but WHO you travel with that makes the adventure. Couldn’t agree more!
2. The Goods!
Be prepared! There is a little little shop at the camp that has pretty much everything you could need to survive – and LOTS of ice and chilled beers and ciders (and some really well priced local wine), but should you want fresh fruit and vegetables, or be a vegetarian who likes her Fry’s, I’d strongly suggest packing well and being ready!
Also, a big one to note is that the camp site do not have electricity! So bring extra battery packs for you phone for pictures (because there is ZERO cell reception) – or if you really can’t live without technology, get a friend to hire a cabin and camp around it
3. The Clothing and Equipment!
As Beaverlac is nestled deep in the mountains, but it’s super high up (closer to the sun and the snow, keep that in mind!), the weather is pretty drastic every day. So, pack for all seasons! But most importantly, pack for the FREEZING cold nights! Make sure you’re packing those Arctic coats for the evenings, and a bikini to enjoy those beautiful mountain pools in the day. Beanies and scarves won’t go unused either. And don’t forget the sunscreen and then sunnies!
The hiking isn’t super intense so normal takkies and running shoes will do you fine for your outings and hikes, but it does get a bit nippy in the shade, to have a thin windbreaker type top to keep those arms warm. Also, don’t forget to pack some water (or even just bottles, as the water there is so fresh!) and a snack as some of the hiking routes are quite long.
4. The Transport!
Although you CAN get there in pretty much any car with an engine over the size of 1.2, our suggestion is SIZE UP and head over that scary (read hairy as hell!) in a bakkie or something with a bit of power. Also, as we’ve mentioned above, pack what you need, but don’t over pack the car. Keep it as light as you can.
5. The Attitude!
A positive attitude is EVERYTHING! If you’re keen for an adventure – then this is the place for you because everything is constantly changing, and things never go as planned – so keep an open mind and a smile on that dial and you’ll have the best time ever!
Safe Travels, and Stay Golden x