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- 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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Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Lake and/or mountain
Electric car charging point(s)
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Dog walk nearby
Small (11-25 sites)
Horseback riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
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.
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.
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. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite 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