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About Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage is an AA Recommended accommodation. It is a wonderful self-catering guest house complex situated halfway between Johannesburg and Cape Town. It has easy access to the N1 highway, only five minutes away.It is an ideal pit stop for the weary guest simply wanting to break their journey to have a single night sleepover, or for the guest wanting to spend some extra days enjoying what the beautiful Gariep Dam village and surrounding area has to offer. Experience great accommodation at a very reasonable price. Soak up the crispy Karoo air, look up at night sky and see billions of stars, identify the Milky Way, and watch the satellites pass overhead - food for your soul.Gariep Dam was voted Tourist Town of the Year in 2010 and is an absolutely crime-free area.Enjoy superb water sports, yachting and fishing, and game reserves at South Africa's number one microlite and gyro paradise. Gariep Dam has supermarkets, restaurants and pubs and cute home-style cafés. The Gariep Dam is just 20 km from Colesberg and is South Africa's largest dam, appropriately renamed Lake Gariep; truly the heart of the country. Rose Cottage is divided into multiple separate and independent, fully equipped self-catering units. All our units have either Simonz or Spine-Master beds with ice-white, highest quality linen and towels for your comfort. Most of our units have been fitted with air-conditioning for those extra-hot Karoo days, as well as heaters and indoor braai areas to snuggle up to on those chilly nights. All units have charming lapas where you can simply enjoy the quiet peaceful surroundings or enjoy a lovely braai or picnic. All units have TVs, most units are fitted with LCD flat-screen TVs with DStv decoders, safes and there is under-cover parking for your vehicles and trailers. All units have access to the pool. There are plenty fruit trees and any fruit on the trees are there for our guests to enjoy. Rates are inclusive of electricity, linen, towels, toiletries and coffee, tea and sugar in each unit. All guests have access to the garden, fruit trees, swimming pool and on-site parking.


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • AA Approved
* Please enquire for further details.


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Important Information

Policies & Disclaimers
• The guest house complex closes at 21.30, late arrivals stand to lose their accommodation if no “late arrival” arrangements have been made with our resident manager.
• Although management respects your rights to privacy, due to the nature and situation of the guest house, disturbances from persons or other guests...
Policies & Disclaimers
• The guest house complex closes at 21.30, late arrivals stand to lose their accommodation if no “late arrival” arrangements have been made with our resident manager.
• Although management respects your rights to privacy, due to the nature and situation of the guest house, disturbances from persons or other guests could occur and that management has no control over that.
• Management has taken steps to provide reasonable security for its guests, Rose Cottage management cannot be held responsible for theft or damage to guests property.
• The management cannot be held responsible for the failure of electronic items such as air-conditioners and TVs.
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Reviews for Rose Cottage

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Joan Matthew
03 May 2017

The towels were fantastic. Cottage was spotless but could do with some TLC on the locks of the doors. Location was good. No view of the dam but this was not a problem. Enjoyed our stay.

Janine Laughland
02 March 2017

The area where the accommodation was situated was revolting. We did not feel safe at all neither did we feel that out vehicle and trailer were safe either. We did not stay and rather drove on.

Anita Norwie, South Africa
05 July 2016

The Rooibekkie is value for money and equipped to acommodate all your needs. The mattresses are topnotch and comfy.

Peter Martin, South Africa
07 January 2016

We made a mistake by booking for two nights because it is definitely only a stop over considering the unit we stayed in. The couches were not comfortable, considering driving for 8 hours and try to relax on these couches is very painful to a persons back. We never got the unit we booked for Rooibekkie, but was given another unit without informing us before time.

Otto Haecker, Germany
28 December 2014

Check in is very easy, apartment access is open, keys inside: trust to guests is appreciated. All you need for self-catering is available, Checkout: just lose door.

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Rose Cottage Map

Rose Cottage is 3.3km from the centre of Gariep Dam , the nearest airport 188.3km (New Tempe Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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Gariep Dam Fishing

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Walk the Wall Tour

(3.1 km from Gariep Dam)

Visit one of South Africa’s celebrated civil engineering projects on the country’s biggest dam. Local guides take visitors on interesting tours of the Gariep Dam wall through passages and down to the bedrock. If you’re lucky, they might open the...


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Oviston Nature Reserve

(31.3 km from Gariep Dam)

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