GPS Coordinates: -33.37407,21.1527633
Porcupine restcamp is situated in the Western Cape around 3 and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town. The closest town is Laingsburg.
Porcupine sits at the base of the Karoo valley and has great views of the Klein Swartberg mountains.
There are three rustic sites; Karee, Sweet Thorn and the River Camp. All the sites are private, well-spaced, shaded and with access to a seasonal river.
At the time of this video, October 2019, the Karoo was still in the middle of a terrible drought so the river and dam were dry.
Each campsite includes a private flush toilet, hot-water shower with donkie boiler, Large firepit with braai (bbq) grid, a water tap and scullery. There are kerosene lamps in showers and toilets, be careful with these obviously. The sites don’t have electricity
As the name suggests the Karee site has a number of shady karee trees and is suitable for 12 people.
Sweet thorn is the largest site and can accommodate up to 16 people.
River camp is the smallest site and can accommodate 6 people. If the river had water this would definitely be the highlight of this camp. Note that this site is not suitable for tall vehicles, we just managed to squeeze in two vehicles with rooftop tents.
Porcupine also has an authentic bush pub, the overlander bar. Here you can enjoy a cold one, wifi and even wood-fire-oven pizzas.
There are some great gravel roads around porcupine to explore the area and the views are stunning. You can even explore these on your mountain bike. Be sure to take the Seweweekspoort route.
Porcupine’s location makes it ideal for a weekend getaway from Cape Town or as a stopover. I can definitely recommend it.
Bookings can be made through the website, email or telephone;
Tel: +27 (0)72 448 2016
Little or no mobile signal, there is WiFi at the bar though.
Wood is available to purchase.