• Private Cottage in the Karoo

Southern Nights Cottage

  • 8 guests
  • 2 beds
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1 toilet

Indulge in breathtaking views, enjoy two luxurious en-suite bathrooms and spacious lounge with two double sleeper couches accommodating an additional four guests. Meet and eat on the generous stoep and savour the stars. An extended wooden deck with hot tub. This is a beautiful spot for a quiet getaway.

Check-in: 14h00 | Check-out: 10h00 

Minimum Stay: 1 Nights (2 Nights preferable over weekends)


Southern Nights offers you unrivaled comfort and convenience. The well-equipped kitchen has a gas oven and hob and a full size fridge with an inside dining table.


Bedroom: 1 | Queen Bed en-suite

Bedroom: 2 | Queen Bed en-suite

2 Double Sleeper Couches (bedding included)


Relax summer and winter in the generous lounge with inside fireplace.The sheltered stoep area is completed by its own braai and meals can be enjoyed looking out onto a unique valley. Board games are provided for leisurely days at the cottage.


Gecko Rock is located within one of the World’s most unique regions. Known simply as the Karoo. The name, ‘Karoo’ originates from the Khoikhoi tribe, who long ago called the region ‘Garob’ – meaning place of great dryness. The word eventually changed to Carro, and finally its present-day form. Described by Prof. Bruce Rubidge as a ‘Palaeontological Wonderland’ the Karoo basin contains one of the most remarkable records of prehistoric activity – from the Permian to the Jurassic age.

Plants and animals abound too – and on Gecko Rock one can observe three distinct vegetation types – succulent Karoo - (vetplante), renosterveld Karoo – (shrubs, bushes, and trees) and fynbos Karoo – restios, proteas, ericas.

The indigenous game is found on the reserve – leopard, springbok, gemsbok, zebra, grey rhebuck, duiker, steenbokkie, klipspringer, aardvark, African wild cat, caracul and even honey badger.

Many bird species including the rare black harrier and Verreaux’s eagle that frequently nests in the valleys and cliffs.


You will need;

  • Enough fuel (nearest petrol station – 30km – Touwsrivier)
  • Braai wood, firelighters & matches
  • Torch
  • Binoculars
  • Toiletries
  • First Aid kits, insect repellant
  • Swimming Towels

Cleaning basics and braai essentials (Tongs, grids etc.) are covered.

Solar System available for charging devices.

There is a small shop at Reception for basic supplies such as firewood (R50 per bag), firelighters, matches, tea, coffee, milk, cold drinks, ice, chips, and sweets etc.

Pets are welcome by prior arrangement only.

By arrangement you welcome to a more leisurely departure should no guests be arriving after your stay.


Rock Climbing
Mountain Biking
4 x 4 Seattle Trail, level 4
4 x 2 Nature Trail
Beautiful photography opportunities micro/macro/landscapes


Gecko Rock Supports Safe Citizen NPO; booking through Lifetree Collection ensures that 5% of your fee is donated directly to this chosen project.


Booking Policy 

50% upfront to secure the booking, within 24 hours of booking taking place.

R700 refundable damage deposit. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancel 21 days before date check-in and get a 90% refund 

Cancel 14 - 20 days before date check in and get a 70% refund 

Cancel 7 - 13 days before check in and get a 35% refund

Cancel 1 - 6 days before check in and get a 10% refund


  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hot Tub
  • Loadshedding Proof
  • Braai
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Secure Parking


  • For Friends and Families
  • Low Enviro Impact Stays


03 Dec 2021 - 31 Jul 2023
R3,500.00 Per Unit Per Night

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