Just 90 minutes from Cape Town lies the Porcupine Hills Olive farm. This expansive location forms part of the Diepklowe Private Nature Reserve, a protected landscape home to dense indigenous vegetation, Renosterveld biome, riverine forest and fynbos hill tops which all showcase an abundance of preserved beauty. With uninterrupted mountain views and nature trails, the Porcupine Hills Farm boasts a variety of accommodation styles for every sort of traveller.
Partners, Tobin Davenport and Kate Brink, created each yurt from scratch, as a true labour of love. At first there was only one: the Forest View Yurt, but knowing they were on to something special they created the Yurt Camp. The farm lends itself to an array of unique flora.
This locational luxury started in April of 2018 and even though it is the new kid on the block, the Southern Yurts has fast become a favoured treasure. It is here that you may delight in long light walks or thrilling hikes, a dreamy float in the dam or dare to swim its length, a spectacular view with a delicious sundowner or a tranquil meditation space. There is something for everyone.
Both Southern Yurts and Porcupine Hills uphold an ethos of providing high quality products without compromising ethical integrity, and Tobin and Kate operate with a strong ecological conscience. The wood used to build the yurts and cabins is harvested from alien eradication programmes and bought from sustainable pine suppliers. The canvas and hemp covers are purchased from locally sourced companies.
The Porcupine Hills Farm works closely with the local Botrivier community on a handful of projects, most recently to provide materials and food to the feeding scheme BotlaNPO. Ask the team all about it!
The Diepklowe Private Nature Reserve forms part of the greater Groenlandberg Conservancy and is overflowing with rare varieties of indigenous flora and fauna. The farm has fresh water supply and although the region experiences water scarcity from time to time, this has enhanced the implementation of smart land usage to distribute water reserves, and nudged the farm into a greater capacity for sustainable living. Every cloud has a silver lining!
Southern Yurts and Porcupine Hills are conservation friends of Cape Nature and also very involved in other initiatives such as Working For Water and Landcare where alien vegetation is cleared from the farm and the Botrivier region.