Eco-Friendly South African Hotels You Should Know About


1. The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga

The Oyster Box Hotel, located on the beach in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal may not always look environmentally friendly but in fact when the hotel was re-built a lot of effort went into ensuring the hotel was as green as possible. The hotel makes use of eco-friendly and sustainable water and electricity techniques while a number of smaller practices are performed at the hotel including recycling and the planting of indigenous vegetation. Not only a pretty face!

2. Phantom Forest Eco Lodge, Knysna Forest

You can’t talk about green hotels in South Africa without mentioning Phantom Forest Eco Lodge I Knysna, Western Cape. This exclusive getaway offers accommodation in charming tree-top suites which were built using the most eco-friendly practices. Using alien vegetation in the construction right down to recycling the water, this accommodation treats their green surrounding with the utmost of respect.

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3. Hotel Verde, Cape Town International Airport

This hotel at the Cape Town International Airport is one of Africa’s greenest hotel projects. Set up to have an amazing array of green elements including wind turbines, a vegetated green roof, an electric airport shuttle, a grey water recycling plant, occupancy sensors in the rooms and a regenerative drive on the elevators. The hotel is located at the Cape Town International Airport goes above and beyond to reduce its carbon footprint. Even their gym plays a role in generating some of the power used in the hotel by having power-generating devices fitted to the equiptment.

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4. iKhayalamafu, Central Drakensberg

Located in the Central Drakensberg, iKhayalamafu (meaning House in the Clouds) offers you a slice of eco-friendly heaven. This eco-estate generates all its power from solar energy and hydro-generation. There isn’t a single electric line in sight to spoil the views of the mountains. iKhayalamafu is dedicated to protecting the surrounding indigenous forests by removing all alien plants from the property. The estate is self-sufficient in honey and vegetables and has no fences on its boundary with a World Heritage Site, so wildlife is free to roam.

5. Umlani Bushcamp, Timbavati Kruger National Park

The Umlani Bushcamp is a classic African safari camp situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the Kruger National Park. The comfortable eco-lodge is Fair Trade Tourism certified and is powered by solar energy. Each hut in the camp is lit by candlelight and oil lamps and the open-bush showers are fuelled by wood fires. Getting back to nature has never been more romantic or friendly on the environment.

Grootbos Nature Reserve is kept an eco-friendly area with good environmental practices from those who reside there.Grootbos Nature Reserve is kept an eco-friendly area with good environmental practices from those who reside there.

6. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and The Backpack, Western Cape

Cape Town has a number of ‘green’ accommodation options to suit every budget. For a luxurious green vacation, stay at the Grootbos Nature Reserve in Hermanus. Grootbos is involved in a number of environmental projects and is invested in protecting the natural flora and fauna of the surrounding areas. If you are looking for affordable accommodation in Cape Town, book your stay at The Backpack. This trendy backpackers is located in the heart of the city and uses a range of eco-friendly practices from solar heating, to aerated taps and worm farms!

7. The Maslow Hotel, Sandton

When it comes to deluxe business hotels in Johannesburg, The Maslow is renowned for offering oustanding accommodation for business travellers. The Maslow is located in Sandton’s financial district, only a few minutes away from the Sandton Gautrain station, Sandton City mall and Nelson Mandela Square. Superior comfort, relaxation and elegance are guaranteed when staying at this high-end hotel in Sandton. From being bottom of the list last year for the Green Hotel Award, The Maslow Hotel has come out tops this year beating all other competitors. The hotel refurbished its lights with LED lights, its showers with low flow showers, set up a water bottling programme on its premises, grows a number of indigenous plants, they have a recycle and decant/donate programme, a herb garden used on a daily basis by its chefs and they’ve even put together a worm farm – needless to say they have been busy becoming eco-friendly.

source: South Africa

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