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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Eco-travel & Lifestyles
Hi, my name is Melissa and I created this site together with photographer Christopher List to help spread awareness about green lifestyles and travel, so everyone can learn how easy it is to live in a sustainable way. Enjoy!
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