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Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve

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General

  • Stay on a private nature reserve in the Karoo
  • Adventurers’ paradise: 4x4, hiking, biking and climbing
  • Top spot for stargazing

When you say you want to go off-grid for your hols, do you really, really mean it? If you answered yes, then Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve, 45 minutes’ drive from the small town of Touws River in the Western Cape, may be the site for you.

With no electricity and no phone signal, Gecko Rock is top for anyone who wants to get away from the always-on expectations of modern life, and you can relax far from the stresses of your daily grind.

In the semidesert of Karoo, it’s also a prime spot for exploring this part of the Western Cape: take the guided Gecko Rock Seattle 4x4 trail through the region (keeping your eyes peeled for leopards, springbok, zebra and honey badgers), follow one of the hiking routes, or clamber into the saddle to mountain bike along 40 kilometres of trails.

Rest your weary limbs back on site with a high-season dip in the splash pool, then fire up the braai (communal if you’re feeling social, private if not) and pile it high with supplies from the shops in Touws River before chowing down with your gaze turned to the skies – you don’t want to miss out on the stargazing here.


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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Horseback riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Location

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  • Touws River, Western Cape, South Africa, 6880
  • Timezone Africa/Johannesburg +0200 (GMT+02:00)   GPS 33.5344°S 20.1185°E

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

If you’ve gotten all the rugged exploration out of your system, there’s still plenty to do near Gecko Rock. It’s a must-visit destination for climbers, with tons of routes along the crags to get your gear into – if abseiling is more your thing, the team on site will be happy to oblige.

There are also training courses for off-roading newbies if doing one of the 4x4 trails or dirt biking still feel a little out of reach. The Gecko Rock squad hosts training along the reserve’s routes or through mountain passes, so you’ll be all set the next time you visit.

For something a little less heart-in-your-throat, sign up for a guided tour of the flowers and succulents of the Karoo, or follow one of the marked hiking trails to take it all in at your own pace – don’t forget your camera, as there are oodles of chances for colourful macro shots.

Lucky enough to be using Gecko Rock as a temporary stop on your onward journey? The bushman paintings, swimming reservoir, kayaking and horse trails of Anysberg Nature Reserve are less than an hour’s drive away, and Cape Town is within three hours of the site.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  5 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Please note that you require a gate code to enter the premises and that you will receive this code shortly after booking.

Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.
The balance is due 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance should be paid as soon as possible.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

Payment methods accepted on the park

Bank transfer

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve? If you’ve gotten all the rugged exploration out of your system, there’s still plenty to do near Gecko Rock. It’s a must-visit destination for climbers, with tons of routes along the crags … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  5 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.

    Please note that you require a gate code to enter the premises and that you will receive this code shortly after booking.

    Read more

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m..

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between 01/01 and 31/12.

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pool
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 15/09 and 15/04 (subject to weather conditions).

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Additional terms

Please note that you require a gate code to enter the premises and that you will receive this code shortly after booking.

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