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Eco-friendly Accommodation South Africa

This page is dedicated to all the incredible Eco-Accommodation we've discovered throughout South Africa - from backpackers to cosy cottages and five-star eco-lodges and everything in between. We do hope you'll enjoy our collection of one-of-a-kind vacation spots - we certainly enjoyed finding them.

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Western Cape

Tipi in forest

Platbos Forest, Overberg

PPS: From R225 - R350

Platbos, Africa's Southernmost Forest, is a beautiful getaway in the Cape Floral Region near Stanford. Stay at the Forest Camp (safari tents and a teepee with beds) or Old Olive Cabin - all off-the-grid and offering total nature immersion.

Little Cottage, McGregor

Little Cottage, McGregor

PPS: From R250

Little Cottage is a 2-bedroom cob cottage and model of sustainable living set against the backdrop of the beautiful Krans Nature Reserve on the outskirts of McGregor. An eco getaway for the soul.

De Zeekoe Guest Farm room

De Zeekoe Guest Farm, Oudtshoorn

PPS: From R470

De Zeekoe Guest Farm lies between the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains in the heart of the Klein Karoo. Offering deluxe bed and breakfast accommodation or rustic lake-view cabins.

Treehouse at Teniqua Treetops

Teniqua Treetops, Sedgefield

PPS: From R450


Teniqua Treetops offers luxuriously appointed and stunningly designed tree house accommodation right in the indigenous Kynsna forest, overlooking the Karatara River. Treat yourself.

Wooden cabin amidst fynbos, Reflections Eco Reserve

Reflections Eco Reserve, Wilderness

PPS: From R425

Reflections Eco-Reserve is an off-the-grid getaway on a rehabilitated pine plantation right next to Wilderness National Reserve and the Rondvlei Dam. Offering beautiful family-sleeper log cabins in the heart of nature.

Safari tent in the forest, Peace of Eden

Peace of Eden,


PPS: From R100 - R375

A beautiful nature escape, Peace of Eden offers cottages, self-catering woodcutter chalets, a backpackers lodge, safari tents and campsites on the edge of the Knysna forest.

A-frames on the beach, The Beach Camp

Beach Camp, Paternoster

PPS: From R234 - R313

The Beach Camp is an off-grid camping experience set against the granite boulders of Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, near Paternoster. Choose between A-frame huts facing the rugged coast-line, or safari tents - each with double or twin beds.

Porch overlooking the bush, Duinepos Chalets

Duinepos, West Coast

PPS: From R370

Duinepos, in the heart of the West Coast Nature Reserve, provides 2-bedroom self-catering cottages made out of sandbags. It’s squeaky clean, simple yet comfortable living within a nature reserve, perfect for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Village-style walkways at Spier Hotel

Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch

PPS: From R600 - R1,400

Pamper yourself at the award-winning The Spier Hotel, an eco-travellers escape in the Cape Winelands. Stay in river and garden-facing rooms and suites, positioned around 6 private courtyards, each with its own swimming pool, and connected by a series of walkways through lush manicured gardens.


Simonskloof, Montagu

PPS: From R150 - R350

Escape into the heart of nature at Simonskloof Mountain Retreat, with eco-friendly cottages and camping just 50 km outside of Montagu. Simonskloof prides itself on its down-to-earth ethos and responsible tourism practices - a perfect getaway for the eco-inspired.


Eastern Cape


Rustic shack, Terra Khaya Backpackers

Terra Khaya Backpackers, Hogsback

PPS: From R120 - R525

Terra Khaya our ‘Earth Home Project’ is an eco-farm high in the forested hills of Hogsback. Stay in off-the-grid shacks made of recyled and natural materials, dorm rooms or camp to experience sustainable living in comfort.

Curved wooden cabins, the Shire

The Shire, Stutterheim

PPS: From R250

The Shire Eco Lodge is situated just 6 km outside of Stutterheim and borders the indigenous Xholora forest. Each handcrafted wooden cabin an architectural masterpiece, the Shire is where nature-lovers come to be nurtured.

Woodall suite

Woodall, Addo

PPS: From R875 - R1500

Deep in the heart of Addo, Woodall is a luxury country house and spa set amidst orange orchards near the Elephant Park. Offering five star rooms and suites overlooking a nesting area for numerous exotic birds, Woodall offers hours of viewing pleasure for nature lovers.

Xhosa rondavels or huts, Bulungula Lodge and Backpackers

Bulungula, Wild Coast

PPS: FromR 150 to R270

Bulungula Lodge and Backpackers is where social upliftment and environmental consciousness are one and the same. Set in the heart of the Nqileni Village overlooking the river mout, Bulungula offers rustic huts and simple off-the-grid living on the Wild Coast of Africa.



Presidential suite, the Oyster Box

Oyster Box, Umhlanga

PPS: From R2,800 to R25,000

More than just a luxury 5-star hotel, The Oyster Box is also one of SA's top eco places to stay, with a stunning beachfront location overlooking the Umhlanga Lighthouse. With 86 beautifully appointed sea and garden-facing rooms and suites, guests are spoilt for choice.

View overlooking private nature reserve, Karkloof Safari Spa

Karkloof Spa, Howick

PPS: From R9,990

Immerse yourself in nature at the 7-star Karkloof Safari Spa, which offers all-inclusive, eco-friendly accommodation on a 3,500 hectare private game reserve in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. Real African luxury.

Three Trees at Spioenkop

Three Trees, Bergville

PPS: From R 2,115 to R2,515 

An owner-managed eco lodge, Three Tree Hills (also Three Trees at Spioenkop) offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality and luxury at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, South Africa. Truly unmissable.



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