I just have to tell everyone about a little place two hours from Cape Town called Beaverlac. We went to it this weekend and loved every moment.
I first heard about it from my Dad who took my brother there about 20 years ago. It is a camping area located high in the Cedarberg mountain near Piketberg. The campsite is divided up into about 4 areas (so plenty of room). There is a shop that sells ice, wood, booze, etc. which is great when the nearest shop is about a 30 minute drive away.
The big selling point to the area are the mountain pools with waterfalls that you can swim in. The first pool is only a 3 minute walk from the campsite and simply amazing. It is deep, has a 3 m waterfall that you can jump off of and is simply beautiful.
The area also has numerous hiking routes which lead up along the river. We walked for about an hour or so up the mountain and found numerous pools to swim in.
The place is perfect if you are looking for a quiet weekend of swimming and hiking.
Drive out on the N7 from Cape Town. At Piketberg turn right onto the Porterville Rd. Drive to the end of the road (it’s a T junction). Turn left at the T junction and drive for around 2 kms before turning right at the Cardow turn-off. The road will bend to the left and follow the base of the mountain. Turn right at the Dasklip Pass. Drive over the pass and turn left at the sign down to Beaverlac. (The road is gravel which adds to the adventure).
P.S. There are huts to rent if you aren’t into camping.