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Eco-Friendly Accommodation in SA

Posted on Monday, 16th Mar 2015

South Africa, with its abundance of unique natural wonders, has always had a special awareness and concern for environmental conservation. Going green has become a trend that is adopted by people and businesses the world over. South African hotels have been making an effort to preserve and protect our beautiful biome by utilizing and promoting green practices. We found this list over at sagoodnews.co.za of the top 10 eco-friendly hotels in South Africa.

Bulungula Lodge


Located slightly off the beaten track, along the Wild Coast, Bulungula Lodge is an exceptional Fair Trade accredited eco-lodge. The lodge is not only invested in eco-friendly practices, such as staying off the grid by being powered entirely by solar energy, but is also owned and managed by the surrounding Nqileni village. The lodge has a spectacular view of one of the best remote beaches in the Wild Coast and nature lovers should not miss the chance to stay here.

The Backpack


South Africa’s original backpacker hostel, this Fair Trade accredited establishment is both trendy and affordable. If you are looking for city-centric lodging that doesn’t weigh on your environmental consciousness then this is probably the place for you. Using a range of eco-friendly practices including solar heating, aerated taps and worm farms!

Teniqua Treetops


Situated high in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains along the Western Cape’s Garden Route, Teniqua Treetops is a self-catering tented tree house resort. Using natural products and materials in their construction and operation, harvesting rainwater and using a dry toilet system are some of the methods they incur to ensure minimum environmental impact. You can enjoy some secluded sanctuary in this eco-friendly accommodation, surrounded by the indigenous forest.

iKhayalamafu


Meaning ‘House in the Clouds’ and situated high up in the Monk’s Cowl Reserve of the Central Drakensberg, iKhayalamafu offers their visitors the prospect of tranquil bliss. Garnering all of their energy needs from solar and hydro-generation, there isn’t an electricity line in sight to spoil the breathtaking mountain panorama. iKhayalamafu is self-sufficient in honey and vegetables and is dedicated to preserving the surrounding indigenous wildlife.

Rhino Walking Safaris


Rhino Walking Safaris has two camps, Plains Camp and Rhino Post Safari Lodge. They can be found in the Kruger National Park, just north of Skukuza, and offer exclusive walking trails and game drive safaris. The camps are built using absolutely no concrete and are instead built on stilts using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch and canvas to minimise the environmental impact. Rhino Walking Safaris also has an ongoing recycling system and uses a special indigenous Reedbed System to process bathroom waste.

The Peech


The Peech is a boutique hotel in Johannesburg that aims to have a small impact on the environment and a large impact on the community. The hotel supports a range of community organisation projects, including Little Eden and Pack for a Purpose. The Peech is Fair Trade Tourism certified and its eco-friendly practices include recycling, energy conservation through solar water heating and a green design to ensure that the hotel’s carbon footprint is kept to a minimum.

Oyster Box Hotel


Established at a prime location overlooking the iconic Umhlanga lighthouse, the Oyster Box Hotel was built with an environmentally conscious attitude. The hotel has implemented solar power generation, grey water recycling and rainwater harvesting. They also reuse excess heat expelled from the air conditioning system to warm the swimming pools. The hotel has everything from energy efficient lights to a sophisticated building management system for maximum energy efficiency at all times.

Umlani Bushcamp


The Umlani Bushcamp is another eco-friendly, Fair Trade safari camp in the Kruger National Park. Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, each hut is lit by candlelight and oil lamps and the open-bush showers are fuelled by wood fires. Being rustic and off-the-grid has never been so comfortable.

Hog Hollow Country Lodge


Found on the edge of the Tsitsikamma Forest, the views from Hog Hollow Country Lodge of the surrounding valleys and mountains is spectacular. This Fair Trade lodge protects the environment with their ongoing recycling programme and responsible energy consumption and they also support the surrounding community by filling all staff positions from the local Kurland Village.

Hotel Verde


Just 400 metres from the Cape Town International Airport, Hotel Verde provides luxury carbon-neutral accommodation. There is a stark contrast between the industrial surrounds and the green aspects of Hotel Verde. With wind turbines, grey water recycling and an electric airport shuttle, it becomes easy to see why this is known as the greenest hotel in South Africa.

Source: sagoodnews

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