8 Eco Hotels In South Africa - Updated 2024

Ibrahim
Ibrahim 
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South Africa is a country with a rich heritage and a blend of different cultures. It is also blessed with breathtaking landscapes, offering visitors a unique view of the African experience. The picturesque countryside is perfect for sightseeing, and its inner cities are hubs for thriving businesses and busy lifestyles. Whether you visit South Africa for business or for pleasure, you are sure to get a dose of natural beauty. With the country’s diverse ecosystem, several companies and industries, hotels included, have recognized the need to be more eco-friendly. But being eco-friendly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your comfort. Here is a list of elegant and cozy eco hotels in South Africa for you to check out.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and the property's commitment towards eco-conscious practices. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 19, 2024.

1. The Peech Hotel (from USD 209)

The Peech Hotel is a chic boutique hotel in Johannesburg, centrally located in Melrose. The Peech offers its guests a fitness center, a bistro restaurant, and tastefully decorated rooms that are spacious and very comfortable. Each stylish cabin in this hotel is fitted with king-size beds, and comes with its own private bathroom, complete with rain showers. The hotel uses several measures to stay eco-friendly, including reducing its energy consumption by using heat pump water systems, reducing waste, and engaging in community outreach programs.

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The Peech Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: North Street
664.44 km (412.9 mi) from Hole-in-the-Wall

Parking Restaurant Room service 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace

2. Tsala Treetop Lodge (from USD 276)

Tsala Treetop Lodge offers unique lodges located right in the heart of a scenic forest park. Its suites and villas are designed like treehouses with private outdoor decks, infinity pools, living rooms with fireplaces, and minibars. All the bedrooms have a view of the forest canopy, and guests are offered 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi. This eco-friendly property uses only fresh, organic ingredients for their meals, and they recycle all the waste to reduce their carbon footprint. This a beautiful place where you can enjoy some natural beauty.

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Tsala Treetop Lodge

Wifi Available

Address: Off N2, 10 km from Plettenberg Bay
588.03 km (365.4 mi) from Hole-in-the-Wall

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden Terrace

Other eco-friendly properties in South Africa

3. Farm 215 Private Nature Reserve

Enjoy an unforgettable experience in comfort and luxury at Farm 215 Private Nature Reserve. This secluded retreat right in the heart of Uilkraal Valley offers fantastic, eco-friendly accommodations in the countryside. The country houses stay green by using a renewable energy source: solar power. They recycle all their waste, and water is collected from a mountain catchment area. The rooms are comfortable and fully-furnished, and you can admire the beautiful landscape from your balcony. Free Wi-Fi is provided, so you can stay connected. Activities on offer include horseriding, cycling, and hiking.

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Farm 215 Private Nature Reserve

Wifi Available

Address: Farm 215 Hartebeeskloof & Koudeberg
934.45 km (580.7 mi) from Hole-in-the-Wall

Parking Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Family rooms Free parking Internet services

South Africa Tour Guide

Thabang Molefe

Thabang Molefe

My name is Thabang Molefe, Director/ Owner of Tsalanang Travel & Tours. I’m a qualified National Tourist Guide in South Africa, born and breast fed in Johannesburg. I have worked in the sports & events industry where I discovered my passion for traveling, and later worked with some of the TOP destination management/operators in South Africa. I love meeting people, and exchangin... Read more

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South Africa Tour Guide

Jakes

Jakes

Jakes is registered and accredited with FET Certificate Tourist Guiding. He is competent to advise clients on all essential aspects of travel in South Africa having passed the SA Specialist course from South African Tourism. As a good story teller, he makes any historical situation or site come to life; and this is what makes him to stand out as a knowledgeable and exciting guide. “I’m always a... Read more

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4. Bulungula Lodge (from USD 13)

Quaint and beautiful, Bulungula Lodge offers traditional guest huts by the sea in the Elliotdale district in Bulungula. This property provides a great, eco-friendly accommodation with a fantastic view of the sea. The lodges are managed by the Xhosa community, and everything runs on solar power. You can choose between a single, twin, or double room, and there is also a central living area with a kitchen and bar. You can still have hot water for your shower because heat is produced in paraffin-powered rocket showers. Each hut has access to electric lights and amazing views.

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Bulungula Xhosa Community Lodge

8.3 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: Bulungula river mouth Farm 37, Elliotdale district
14.43 km (9.0 mi) from Hole-in-the-Wall

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

5. Mashovhela Bush Lodge (from USD 52)

Located in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve, this eco-friendly accommodation offers Venda-style chalets complete with a private veranda. Each lodge is tastefully furnished and fitted with comfortable beds, tea and coffee making facilities, and private bathrooms. The property is a well-known eco-accommodation, using renewable energy, solar water heating for hot water, and excellent waste management and recycling practices. The lodge has a beautiful restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a magnificent trail for long walks. Its surrounding landscape is also a wonder to behold.

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Mashovhela Bush Lodge

Address: N1 Soutpansberg
1014.47 km (630.4 mi) from Hole-in-the-Wall

Bridal suite Shared kitchen Children's playground Special diet menus (on request) Gift shop Safety deposit box Tour desk Laundry

6. Thonga Beach Bay

Sitting along the northern KwaZulu-Natal coastline is the beautiful and eco-friendly Thonga Beach Lodge. With well-furnished rooms sitting on stilts, this unique accommodation offers you a chance to enjoy picturesque grounds surrounded by a beautiful dune forest, and close to a pristine beach. This property stays eco-friendly by minimizing its environmental impact, encouraging conservation, issuing reusable bottles, and using low energy light bulbs. Guests are free to relax by the private beach, or indulge in a full body massage at the spa and wellness center.

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Thonga Beach Lodge

9.1 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Elephant Coast
630.93 km (392.1 mi) from Hole-in-the-Wall

Parking Restaurant Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Babysitting/child services

7. Umlani Bushcamp (from USD 433)

Located amidst a classic African safari camp, Umlani Bushcamp is a fantastic, eco-friendly accommodation situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Guests here are offered traditional African reed and thatch huts that are beautifully furnished, complete with en suite bathrooms and open-air showers, cradle lanterns, and mosquito netting over the bed. This camp lodge stays green by using solar power, bio-degradable cleaning products, and organic ingredients to prepare meals. They also recycle and compost all waste. Enjoy daily game drives, candlelit dinners, and guided bush walks in this safe, comfortable abode.

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Umlani Bushcamp

Wifi Available

Address: Enkhulu Gate, Arygle Road
883.75 km (549.2 mi) from Hole-in-the-Wall

Parking Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Babysitting/child services Laundry

8. Phantom River View (from USD 107)

Overlooking the fantastic Knysna River Valley, Phantom River View is not only a luxurious accommodation, it is also an award-winning eco-friendly holiday home. They offer beautifully designed chalets for you to stay in, with a fully-equipped kitchen, a private bath, and comfortable beds. It is entirely green accommodation – built with eco-friendly materials, it practices water preservation and energy-saving techniques. This magnificent property offers several attractive features, including a wonderful view of the forest, an outdoor pool, and warm, friendly staff.

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Phantom River View

Address: 15 Phantom River View Estate, Phantom Pass
612.01 km (380.3 mi) from Hole-in-the-Wall

Stay eco-friendly in South Africa

South Africa is blessed with a remarkably diverse ecosystem, and its beauty attracts visitors from all around the world. Stunning landscapes, vibrant cultures, and amazing people offer you a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. You can enjoy all these without having to worry about your carbon footprint. Stay in any one of these eco-hotels in South Africa, and live your best, green life.

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