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Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve Self Catering Accommodation In Touws River

Our mission at Gecko Rock is to offer our visitors an unparalleled outdoor experience in the South African Karoo - one of the most unique natural areas on earth.
The scope of activities on offer at this special place, where the emphasis is on preservation of the environment, is sure to hold an attraction for everyone.

The list of options includes:

  • Camping and hiking
  • Guided 4x4 and 4x2 routes as well as driver training
  • Rock climbing and Abseiling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Customised team building events and conference facilities
  • Flower and succulent tours
  • Bird watching
  • Star gazing
  • Photography
  • Or, simply relaxing in an unhurried retreat far away from cell phones and city stress...


Gecko Rock was acquired by the Deal family in 2002, and has been developed in accordance with regulations specified by the Department of Environmental Affairs. It has become 'home' to us, and our wish is that you will feel the same way…

Visitors to Gecko Rock have the choice of two campsites, a wooden cottage and wooden cabins.

Rheboksvlakte Cottage

Fully equipped for self catering, Rheboksvlakte offers a very private stay. Situated in a panoramic valley the cottage promises a front row seat to the best sunrise in the Karoo. Of wooden construction, the insulated finish ensures cool days and warm nights.
Designed for two adults, the cottage will accommodate two small children on mattresses inside or just outside the door in a tent, where they can enjoy their own adventure.

Tranquility, Solitude and Panorama wooden cabins

Our larger cabins are situated alongside De Wets Rus Campsite and comfortably sleep 6 persons. Modern kitchen area with full size fridge/freezer, 2 plate gas cooker, solar lighting and a plug to charge electronic devices make this your home away from home. A full size stoep with outside table and chairs makes the best of breathtaking views. The braai area is a step down off the deck. All linen (excluding towels) is supplied. Ablutions are a short walk down a neat path where you have a piping hot shower, basin, mirror and toilet. Parking for your vehicle right next to the cabin.
Please note: No hair dryers, kettles, heaters etc. to be used in these cabins.

Facilities:

  • Sleeps 6 (All single beds) (Double bed on request)
  • Bedding (sheet, pillows x 2, duvet and additional blanket)
  • Well appointed kitchen
  • Cleaning materials - Sunlight liquid
  • Dish cloths
  • Full size fridge/freezer
  • Crockery and Cutlery
  • Two burner gas cooker
  • 6 seater dining room table
  • 3 seater couch and coffee table
  • Moveable braai and grid
  • Braai essentials (tongs/casserole dish)
  • Solar system for lighting and charging of cell phones etc.
  • Bathroom facilities in campsite - Hot & Cold shower, Basin, toilet and Mirror
  • Toilet Paper (one roll provided)
     

De Wet's Rus Campsite

Situated under shady trees in an alluvial plain, this site is equipped with four toilets and four showers in two separate locations. The communal area has a generous kitchen, a central braai area with steel braai drums and grids. For those lazy Karoo days, there is a splash pool which is filled from Mid September to Mid April. There is ample space for up to 20 vehicles. The site is intended for properly equipped campers - there is no electricity supply or cell phone signal.
For campers who enjoy their privacy there is ample space here to choose & enjoy your own spot with moveable braais for your convenience.

Facilities:

  • Campsite can accommodate up to 20 vehicles (60 people)
  • Kitchen with hot and cold running water
  • 4 Toilets with 4 showers in two separate locations
  • Central braai area
  • Movable braai’s for private camping
  • Splash pool (filled Mid September to Mid April)
  • 1 x 8 seater table and benches
     

Echo Valley Campsite

Nestled in a private valley, this intimate campsite is ideal for smaller groups who prefer privacy. The shower and toilet is located at a convenient distance from the camp area and the communal area is equipped with a sheltered kitchen, leading to the braai.
This is the perfect location for climbers as all three climbing walls are in walking distance.

Facilities

  • Campsite can accommodate up to 5 vehicles (10 people)
  • Kitchen with running water
  • 1 Toilet & shower
  • Central braai area

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Features:
Big game onsite
Braai / barbecue - communal
Braai / barbecue - onsite
Conference venue onsite
Kitchen (fully equipped)
Kitchen communal
Kitchenette (some units)
Nature trail onsite
Not serviced
Outdoor pool
Pets allowed by prior arrangement
Serviced

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RATES 2018

Rhebokvlakte Cottage
Tariff per night
R800 per night for 2 persons
R175 Surcharge per night for additional visitors (to a maximum of 6)
R400 Refundable damage deposit
  • Cottage only rented for less than 2 nights from Sunday to Thursday
  • One night stays pay a rate of R1000 per night

Cabins (Tranquility, Solitude & Panorama Wooden)
Tariff per night
Adults
 
R350 per person up to six people
(or a minimum of R1400 per cabin per night for four or less persons)
Every person over six persons, will be charged at R250
More than 6 people R250 per person
(own bedding and mattresses to be supplied)
Children (12 - 16) R290 per person
Children (7 - 11) R270 per person
Children (2 - 6) R240 per person
Under 2 R100 per person

- One night stays pay a minimum rate of R1400 for between 1-4 people

- Bring towels, torches, and fresh drinking water

De Wet's Rus Campsite

Tariff (all per person per night)
Adults R140
Children (12 - 16) R105
Children (4 - 12) R95
Under 4 R55

Echo Valley Campsite
Tariff (all per person per night)
Adults R140
Children (12 - 16) R105
Children (4 - 12) R95
Under 4 R55

Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Midweek Special Valid from 01 Jan 1970 to 01 Jan 1970

Midweek specials run from a Sunday evening to a Thursday evening. Not including public holidays or long weekends.

Branch: Master