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“The place to start your South African vacation” 5 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   6 Rex Avenue | Bassonia, Johannesburg 2061, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #71 of 260 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Barrie Ontario, Canada
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“The place to start your South African vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

We started our trip being picked up at the airport by Craig who is frequently hired by Sandy at Gecko Ridge to collect her guests. We had arranged everything for our stay with Sandy well before we arrived, including a very nice home cooked dinner with wine upon our arrival. The place is excellent, we stayed in one of the private cabins that had a nice deck with views above the city. The grounds are beautiful with a pool and gardens. Sandy is more than willing to organize transportation and any trips. We did a guided tour around Soweto that was awesome. Sandy also drove us down the hill and into town for an excellent meal and came to pick us up when we were done. Sandy is very knowledgeable and helpful and assisted us get organized to the BazBus. We stayed here at the start and then came back at the end of our trip. I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2010

Only got to spend a very short night at Gecko Ridge, but we were extremely impressed. Will definitely go back if the opportunity presents itself!

  • Stayed November 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

Gecko Ridge was a real gem of a find for my partner and I as we traveled to SA this year for the World Cup. Aside from being in a quiet and easily accessible place in Jo'burg, Sandy's (the owner) service was superb... and we were quite a handful as guests! She came out of her way to help us in difficult situations and we will forever remember her warmth, kindness, willfulness and resourcefulness! She has a unique touch which makes guests feel at home. I really never felt like this was a paid guest house.... just felt like I was staying at a friend's! Also great amenities nearby and breakfasts at Gecko are healthy and delicious. Overall, a wonderful stay and I will definitely go back the next time
I am in SA.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

The place is amazing, the host is very welcoming and the view from the cottage is breathtaking. We had a wonderful stay,one of the best weekends we will ever have. It brought us closer than ever. Thank you for your hospitality.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Gecko Ridge. Comfortable rooms and living space. Beautiful outdoor area that included a bar, grill and pool. Breakfast each day was included and was delicious. Sandy, the proprietor, provided us with transportation (both her services and taxi recommendations) during our time in Jo'Burg. She was knowledgeable about restaurants and what to do while in town. My husband and I traveled with another couple and felt at home here. Thank you, Sandy! It was a pleasure meeting you!

Sincerely,
The Bauers and The Bonners

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

We were four couples, 58 years+, needing to stay in Johannesburg for the quarter finals of the world cup.
The accomodation is spotless, the beds comfortable, and the whole property attractively furnished. The gardens are beautiful, and a peaceful place in which to walk or relax. The hospitality is second to none - Sandy, the owner, arranged our airport transfers, a taxi to the games, a guided tour to Soweto and the Apartheid museum, and, together with her neighbour, ferried us to a nearby restaurant she recommended. On one evening she prepared a meal for us, which was delicious and good value. On the evenings when the men were at the football, their wives relaxed in the lounge, drinking wine beside a roaring log fire - well, July is Winter!
We didn't try the swimming pool, but it is a lovely area to sit out, and there are barbeque facilities for guests, and a well stocked 'honesty' bar where prices are very reasonable.
For our purposes it was perfect, and we can recommend it without reservation. If we return to Johannesburg, we would not consider staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2010

This is my 3rd occasion that I have been staying at Gecko Ridge guest house. It finds itself hidden away in a beautiful suburb. It would be unfair to refer to Gecko ridge as a B&B because everything about this place from your room to lounge eating area to relaxation area outside eminates such a homely feel they you feel like you are somebody's guest at their house. You can choose from a relaxing walk in the garden or a swim in the pool complimented by the most beautiful views. The owner, Sandy is both accomodating & friendly and allows you your privacy but is always keen & kind to engage you at the breakfast table. One of the loveliest b&b's to visit in South Johannesburg. Kind Regards, Adrian

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gecko Ridge Guest House

Address: 6 Rex Avenue | Bassonia, Johannesburg 2061, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #71 of 260 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Gecko Ridge Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gecko Ridge Guest House is nestled in the lush hills of the exclusive suburb of Bassonia, in Johannesburg. A welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city for both business or leisure traveler, with relaxed hospitality. Three stylish bedrooms in the main house and a gorgeous self-catering cottage make up the accommodation of this privately owned guesthouse. Easy access to major highways, Soweto, Gold Reef City, Soccer City and Ellis Park, cricket grounds, shopping malls, banks, restaurants, golf courses. Breakfast included. Tours and transport happily arranged. ... more   less 

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