Treat yourself to an

off the grid experience

Welcome to Insika, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature.

Located on the R62, 8km outside Calitzdorp on the Gamka Private Farm Estate, our self-catering accommodation offers a unique off-the-grid living experience, where you can reconnect with the environment and simplify your life.

100% solar powered

Borehole water

Organic farm produce

Nature-based activities

Live simply in our

Thys Huis Cottage

Our off-grid cottage accommodation is powered entirely by renewable energy sources and uses sustainable practices to minimise its impact on the environment. Both of our cozy, rustic rooms are designed to provide a comfortable and relaxing stay, with all the amenities you need to feel right at home.

The cottage can accommodate 4 guests and comprises 2 bedrooms, each furnished with a king-size bed and have en-suite bathrooms fitted with a shower, basin, and toilet. Both rooms have access to an outside shower. All linen and towels are provided.

The living area features an open-plan design with a kitchen, dining space, and lounge area. The kitchen is equipped with a fridge-freezer, 2-plate gas stove, microwave, basic crockery and cutlery, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and features a 4-seater dining table. There’s also a restored inside braai area. The living area and kitchen are combined with a partially covered verandah which has access to a braai area. Braai wood is included.

Guests should take note that water is obtained from a borehole so fresh drinking water is provided. All water is directed back into the veld. From the verandah, there are views of the olive grove, the nearby mountain range, and in the distance the R62. Safe parking and free Wi-Fi are available on the premises. Guests are also welcome to help themselves to fresh vegetables from the veggie garden during their stay.

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Whole cottage (sleeps 4): R1600/night

1 person: R450/night

2 people: R800/night

3 people: R1200/night

Unwind at Insika

Insika Experiences

In addition to a comfortable place to sleep, there are many activities to enjoy that allow you to truly connect with nature.

This cottage is situated on a working farm where vegetables and fruits are grown. Whether you’re into hiking, trail running or mountain biking, the surrounding mountain ranges offer a beautiful playground. The nearby riverbed is a perfect place to cool off or for birders to relax and enjoy the wildlife.

We also offer the following experiences on request:

  • ‘Doringboom Gedagtes’ Breakfast Experience

  • 4×4 Mountaintop Sundowners

  • Guided Walks/Hikes

‘Doringboom Gedagtes’ Breakfast Experience

There’s no better way to start the day than enjoying a locally produced breakfast surrounded by nature under beautiful Acacia trees.

R200 pp (minimum 2 people)

4×4 Mountaintop Sundowners

Escape to a remote mountain top via a 4×4 to experience unparalleled views of the changing mountain scape as the sun sets while snacking and drinking on local produce.

R350 pp (minimum 2 people)

Guided Walks/Hikes (+- 2hrs)

Experience the wonder of the Gamka Valley whilst being immersed in nature. Various tailor-made, guided hiking options available.

R150 pp

What people have to say

“What a fantastic discovery – a little jewel in the Klein Karoo! So sad it was too brief, but we’ll be back to soak up more warm hospitality & deep peace. We definitely need more time to explore & discover the stories this valley, no doubt, holds.”

Sarah, Nick & Anne – Oct 2023

“What an awesome stay! You thought of so many little details to make the stay comfortable and the little house is perfect for what we wanted! Beautiful views and lovely walks and we loved that our pets were welcome for the trip. Thank you!!”

Bianca, Devon, Annette & Stephan – Sept 2023

“Sometimes on your travels you find a really special place that appeals to your heart. Insika was that place for me. I fell in love with this lovingly restored Karoo farm cottage, beautiful surroundings, peace and quiet, heat of the day & star-studded skies by night.

The cottage has everything you ever need (the kitchen facilities are great), outdoor shower is a treat day and night, and there are so many little things and extras that make your stay such an enjoyable experience. The hosts, Gill and Michael are so cordial and welcoming, they make you feel like a friend, not a paying guest. I was even given fresh farm eggs on arrival, what a treat! I wish I could rate this place higher than 5 stars, it is simply amazing!”

Irena – Nov 2023

What to do in Calitzdorp

In Calitzdorp you can immerse yourself in a world of peace and tranquility, surrounded by rolling hills, lush vineyards, and the beautiful local flora. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday or an adventurous outdoor experience, our off-grid accommodation provides the perfect base from which to explore all that Calitzdorp has to offer. Here are just a few activities to consider in Calitzdorp, but keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and feel free to chat with us if you are looking for anything specific and we will be happy to give you further suggestions.

Wine farms

Visit the wine farms

 Boplaas, De Kranz, Calitzdorp Cellars, DuSwaRoo, TTT Cellars, Axe Hill and Peter Bayly

Calitzdorp Dam

Calitzdorp Dam

Perfect for day outing of swimming, boating and braaing.

Accidental Baker

Accidental Baker

Visit the award-winning Accidental Baker open on Saturday mornings

Local restaurants

Local restaurants

Diverse choice of eating experiences at a number of small restaurants in town

Local Pubs

Local pubs

A variety and range of country pubs

Fruit picking

Fruit picking

There are a variety of different fruit picking opportunities at various fruit orchards in season

Various annual events

Various annual events

Calitzdorp Expressed(June) ; Art on Track (August); Succulent Festival (September) and the Jamboree (November) 

Let us know how your stay was

We care about your experience at Insika and are always keen to hear your thoughts on how we might improve our offerings. If you have a few minutes to spare, we’d really appreciate any feedback.

Get in touch

Please note that as signal is poor we rely on our Wifi for communications, so please only call by Whatsapp

+27 74 143 4982