The Best Eco Cabins in the Cape

The Best Eco Cabins in the Cape

Back to nature.

There’s nothing like an eco cabin escape to get you back on track. The pure exhilaration that comes with being immersed in nature – away from the noise of the city – is a tonic. The Cape is dotted with a wonderful selection of innovative retreats that are committed to preserving the planet while offering comfort, style and endless natural beauty.

From mountain-hugging chalets and chic seaside shacks to riverside retreats and cabins in the forest, we’ve rounded up some serene spots that’ll have thrill-seeking glampers, wannabe lumberjacks and Swiss Family Robinson-style adventurers awestruck. Because, ironically, sometimes you have to disconnect to reconnect…

Which are your favourite? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Melozhori Pods

Melozhori Game Reserve Pods
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Where Bonnievale
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Though it’s a mere two-hour drive from Cape Town, this 2 500-hectare game reserve feels like it’s a million miles away. With nothing but an acacia-shaded valley extending to the Riviersonderend Mountains in the distance, and the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves to keep you company, Melozhori is the ultimate reprieve. Valley Pod and Waterfall Pod perch on an untouched area of the reserve that overlooks the game-dotted plains beyond, offering an ideal setting for a private escape or romantic retreat.
Eco cred Built from natural materials in order to blend seamlessly into the landscape; solar powered; the reserve is a former livestock farm returned to pristine, indigenous nature.

The lodgings

  • one bedroom plus a sleeper couch for a small child
  • en-suite bathroom (bath and shower)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with fireplace
  • deck with a braai and outdoor seating
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • 14-metre hammock
  • wood-fired pizza oven
  • airconditioning

Things to do

  • game drives (one complimentary per 2-night stay)
  • nature walks
  • birdwatching
  • mountain-biking (bikes for rent)
  • wine and olive farms (part of Robertson Wine Valley)
  • La Mont cheese deli nearby
  • Breede River boat cruise

Good to know There is also a luxury two-bedroom cottage with a hot tub and a Treehouse in the pipeline.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults + 1 child
Cost From R3 950 per pod per night
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Stonewood Mountain Cabin

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Where Bainskloof, near Wellington
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting The 660-hectare Mount Bain Private Nature Reserve is a sight to behold, with its fynbos-dotted hills and sweeping plains of plush farmlands. It’s here, perched on the view-drenched slopes, that Stonewood Mountain Cabin takes centre stage with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Completely exclusive and utterly private, the spacious hideaway is like something straight out of a Christmas movie, where nothing but starlit skies and the sound of birdsong is around to keep you company (coupled with your getaway crew, of course). Bliss for couples, friends and families alike!
Eco cred Off-grid, using solar energy; water pumped from the nearby river; ecofriendly soakaway septic tank.

The lodgings

  • two bedrooms with queen-size beds (one upstairs), plus two single beds in the living area
  • two bathrooms (one with a clawfoot tub, one with a nature shower)
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas stove, fridge, microwave, toaster)
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with stone fireplace
  • reading nook with a library and board games
  • spacious deck with gas braai and outdoor seating

Things to do

  • hiking and trail running
  • mountain-biking
  • swimming in the Witte River
  • riverside picnics
  • wine farms nearby
  • gin tasting at Monks Distillery
  • The Calabash Bush Pub (at the entrance to the reserve)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 6
Cost From R2 520 per night (minimum 2-night stay)
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Mount Grey Eco Cabin

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Where Between Caledon and Greyton
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting The little-known Klein Swartberg Conservancy (14 857 hectares) lies between those towering Overberg peaks you drive past on the N2, somewhere between Caledon and Greyton. In the midst of it is Mount Grey Cabin, standing solitary in the fynbos landscape, keeping watch over this stunning and tranquil place where the light and shadows play all day. Built from pine and balau wood, it’s completely off-grid yet filled with little luxuries, including a wood-fired hot tub. The perfect romantic time-out for couples who want to reconnect and restore their souls in nature – mountain hikes and hidden waterfalls await.
Eco cred Solar-powered with gas appliances. Within a protected nature conservancy area.

The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with double bed
  • en-suite bathroom with bath and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and fridge-freezer
  • open-plan living area
  • deck with dining table and loungers
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • separate boma with braai
  • wood supplied

Things to do

  • walking and picnicking on the farm
  • swimming in mountain pools and waterfalls
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • restaurants, cafes and shops in Greyton
  • Saturday morning market in Greyton

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2
Cost R3 000 per night
Where to find it Krige Road, off R406, near Greyton (or Caledon)
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Orchard Stay

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Where Wolseley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Surrounded by pear orchards, majestic mountains and that undeniable sense of solitude you can only find in the countryside, Platvlei Farm is a wonderful destination for a private and peaceful getaway for a small group. The cottage, overlooking a small dam, has minimalist finishes and sliding/folding doors that open it up to the outdoors and the wow-factor views of the orchards and Mostertshoek Mountain beyond.
Eco cred An innovative eco swimming pool (dam water flows through the pool).

The lodgings

  • two en-suite bedrooms (one with king-size bed, one with twin beds)
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas stove)
  • dining area
  • lounge with a fireplace
  • wrap-around verandah with braai and outdoor seating
  • wood-burning hot tub
  • natural swimming pool
  • airconditioning

Things to do

  • swimming
  • birdwatching
  • farm walks and nearby hikes
  • mountain-biking trails
  • fishing
  • explore wine farms and Tulbagh
  • Ceres Zipline

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R1 800 per night
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Sand Cabins at Nima Lodge

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Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting Overlooking wooded hills and valleys to the distant Outeniqua Mountains, this hilltop boutique lodge is a beautiful, inspiring space to retreat into nature. The three extraordinary architect-designed Sand Cabins have curved walls inspired by dunes and a separate “tower structure” with a bath positioned in front of a large picture-window. It’s a multi-level “space to dream in”, from the raised bed to the couch in front of the fireplace and out onto the deck with its hot tub. There is a communal sun-drenched pool deck (hinting at Nima’s name – “sun” in Tibetan), the perfect spot to relax and read or do yoga, and it’s a short stroll away from the hiking trails and waterfalls in Wilderness National Park.

The lodgings

  • king-size bed
  • bathroom with shower and deep bathtub with valley views
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • spacious lounge with fireplace
  • large deck with braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • continental breakfast delivered to your cabin (optional)
  • honesty shop and bar

Things to do

  • swimming in the pool
  • hiking trail to the Kingfisher Waterfall
  • morning yoga classes and massages available onsite
  • Wilderness beach close by
  • canoeing on the lakes and rivers
  • forest adventures
  • catered picnics

Good to know There are four other more traditional log cabins that are spacious, modern and stylish (3 Sun Cabins + 1 Luna Cabin, each sleeping two).
Child friendly? No, only teens
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R2 900 per night (minimum 2-night stay)
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Languedoc Cabin

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Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting For surround sounds of nature, this rustic log cabin under age-old trees beside a duck pond turns up the volume: birds singing, frogs croaking, crickets chirping, the flowing river and sometimes golden silence. Languedoc Farm is a little slice of bucolic England in the Blaauwklippen Valley, with stunning gardens, mountain views and horses in the paddocks. For a relaxing, soul-restoring break from daily life, with some of the best wines from the Golden Triangle on your doorstep, this is a simple Winelands gem.

The lodgings

  • one-bedroom cabin with extra-length queen bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas hob
  • open-plan living area with indoor fireplace
  • smart TV for streaming
  • outdoor firepit/braai
  • large verandah with seating and dining table

Things to do

  • walks in the gardens and beside the river
  • hiking trails in nearby forest and up the Helderberg
  • stargazing
  • wine farms nearby
  • mountain-biking nearby
  • Stellenbosch restaurants, shops and more 10 minutes’ drive away

Good to know Languedoc Farm also has two open-plan apartment suites.
Child friendly? No, only teens
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R1 600 per night (minimum 2-night stay)
From October 2022: R1 800 per night
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Cyphia Close Cabins

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Where Hout Bay
Distance from CT 25 mins
Setting This urban escape hidden on the slopes of Hout Bay’s western mountains offers incredible views of the beach and bay, Chapman’s Peak and surrounding fynbos-clad mountains. The owners have turned a barren piece of land into a thriving ecosystem, with a designer garden of indigenous coastal vegetation, and the two glam-rustic guest cabins are each situated in their own special spots in it. The Fynbos Pod is high on the hill, while the Reservoir Pod is above the small dam that feeds the eco pool. Both pods have direct access to the nature reserve from the property. Everything about this place is well thought out and special – from the hand-built basins made from sand on the property to the sliding windows that bring the outdoors in, and the “no shoes inside” policy.

The lodgings

  • king/queen or twin beds (plus a sleeper couch in Fynbos Pod)
  • bathroom with a shower (plus outdoor shower in Fynbos)
  • fully equipped kitchenette (gas stove, plus a mini dishwasher in Fynbos)
  • living/remote working area with indoor fireplace
  • deck with outdoor seating and braai
  • firepit (at Reservoir Pod)
  • outdoor wood-burning ‘hot bath (at Fynbos Pod)

Things to do

  • hiking trails in the adjacent nature reserve (down to Sandy Bay and Llandudno)
  • picnicking on the dunes nearby
  • visit Hout Bay’s working harbour and market
  • swimming and walks on the beach
  • restaurants and shops in Hout Bay
  • Constantia wine valley nearby
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive

Good to know On the same property, the owners’ house, The Sentinel (sleeps 6), can be booked out on request.
Child friendly? No, only teens
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 3
Cost From R1 500 per night for two people
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Clifftop Houses: Forest Whisper

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Forest Whisper Bathroom
Forest Whisper: Bedroom

Where Near Wilderness
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting The lush indigenous forest of hidden Ballots Nature Reserve on the Garden Route enfolds this enchanting wooden retreat in peace and birdsong. Built on several levels, Forest Whisper is perched on the edge of a steep river gorge with views down to the estuary and Indian Ocean, the glass and timber living spaces feeling like part of the forest. It’s the newest of three magical spaces built by owners Sally Kennedy and architect Henry Paine on this wild property near Wilderness, and is the perfect place to escape the world, soak up tranquillity and reconnect with the rhythm of nature.
Eco cred The house was constructed entirely using local materials and is set in indigenous forest within a protected nature conservancy area.

The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with queen-size beds
  • ensuite bathrooms
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg gas/electric cooker, washing machine, dishwasher and coffee maker
  • open-plan living area
  • wood-burning stove (with complimentary wood)
  • deck with gas braai and spectacular views

Things to do

  • picnic or braai at the bay or in the forest boma
  • hiking and wildlife spotting among the fynbos and forest
  • birdwatching in the forest and on the pebbly shore
  • golf on five professional courses around Wilderness
  • whale-watching from the clifftop between July and October

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes (minimal cellphone signal)
Sleeps 4
Cost From R2 900 per night
Where to find it Ballots Bay, near Victoria Bay, George, Western Cape
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Ebuta Mountain Eco Pods

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Where Villiersdorp
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting High up on the slopes overlooking the vast Theewaterskloof Dam, these two secluded eco pods offer seclusion, 360-degree views and a sense of gentle, indulgent luxury. Guests can explore this apple and pear farm and the mountains behind it on hiking and biking trails (and pick fruit in season), mosey down to the water’s edge or simply relax at the pod, which has a wood-fired hot tub.
Eco cred Sustainably built from recycled materials (used shipping containers); solar power and gas used for heating and lighting.

The lodgings

  • two eco pods: one-bedroom Luna and two-bedroom Leda
  • double beds with down duvets
  • bathroom with spacious shower with a view
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas stove and Nespresso machine)
  • living room with indoor fireplace
  • deck with outdoor seating and undercover braai
  • wood-fired hot tub

Things to do

  • walking and hiking trails
  • mountain-biking
  • 9-hole Theewaterskloof golf course
  • dam for boating, swimming and fishing
  • fruit picking (late January – May)
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • Cape Canopy zipline tour
  • restaurants and markets in Elgin-Grabouw and Bot River

Child friendly? Yes, in Leda Pod
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4
Cost From R1 200 per night (minimum 2-night stay)
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Leopard Valley Eco Retreat

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Where Between Clanwilliam and Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Hidden in a valley in the majestic Cederberg, this eco retreat on a 1 200-hectare farm offers a soul-firing escape in tranquil natural beauty. Shipping containers have been converted into four stylish cabins, painted black and positioned beneath a well-ventilated roof structure, with sliding doors that open onto a deck yielding spectacular views. Crystal-clear springs feed a dam, pond and swimming pool close by for dipping in, and one cabin has an outdoor tub for magical stargazing.
Eco cred Cabins made from recycled materials; off-grid (using solar power and gas); spring-fed water supply; waste water is bio-recycled; owners are conservation-minded and are clearing alien vegetation and replanting fynbos.

The lodgings

  • four off-grid cabins: Verreaux’s Eagle, Malachite Sunbird, Cape Canary + Cape Sugarbird (two bedrooms)
  • bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower (excluding Cape Canary); outdoor bathtub in Verreaux’s Eagle
  • eco-friendly bathroom amenities
  • fully equipped kitchenette with gas hob and fridge
  • living room with gas fireplace (except Malachite Sunbird + Cape Canary)
  • deck with outdoor seating (plus wood-burning hot tub in Malachite Sunbird + Cape Canary)
  • braai and firepit

Things to do

  • swim in spring-fed dams
  • hiking trails (rock formations, San rock paintings)
  • birdwatching
  • animal-spotting
  • stargazing

Good to know There is another cabin and glamping sites due to open on 10 September.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4
Cost From R1 590 per cabin per night (minimum 2-night stay)
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Oudebosch Eco Cabins

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Where Between Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Situated in what is widely considered one of the most beautiful of CapeNature’s protected areas, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, these cabins were caringly designed by architect Justin Cooke. Surrounded by teeming birdlife, untouched fynbos plains and cascading waterfalls, the modern, glass-fronted cabins maximise the awe-inspiring views of a hidden valley within the Hottentots-Holland mountain range.
Eco cred Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction using renewable materials; planted roofs for insulation; waterless toilets; each cabin uses just 2kW of electricity per day.

The lodgings

  • Mabli Collection: three 3-bedroom cabins (Silver Pagoda, Blue Stars and Pink Sugar Bush)
  • five 1-bedroom pods (Chincherinchee, Strooiblommetjie, Impepho, Sundew and Golden Star)
  • Oudebosch Cabins: five 2-bedroom cabins (Erika, Marsh Rose, Fire Lily, Iris and Everlasting Daisy)
  • two bathrooms (one en-suite, shower only) in cabins; pods have one bathroom (only Oudebosch Cabins)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • lounge and dining area with fireplace
  • outdoor deck and braai area
  • central communal eco swimming pool

Things to do

  • hiking/walking trails in the reserve
  • mountain-biking
  • swimming
  • birdwatching from the boardwalk or bird hide
  • kayaking or white-water rafting (in season) on the Palmiet River
  • African penguin colony at Stony Point
  • whale-watching during season (June to November)
  • beach at Pringle Bay

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 – 6 per cabin
Cost From R1 250 per night; plus a conservation fee for overnight visitors of R40 (adults); R20 (children)
Day visitor fee: R60 (adults) and R30 (children)
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Stonehaven Eco Cabins

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Where Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Set on a farm dotted with fynbos, herb gardens and wild sunflower fields, each of the three eco-friendly cabins have a unique farmhouse-meets-contemporary-cabin aesthetic, where comfort and style create an ideal getaway for family and friends. Tucked into the foot of the Babylonstoren Mountains, each cabin is equipped with a private wood-fired hot tub, and offers a sought-after sense of nature-drenched privacy.
Eco cred No chemicals are used on the Stonehaven farm nor in the cabins; most of the farm remains as close to its original fynbos landscape as possible.

The lodgings

  • three cabins – Heaven (3 bedrooms), Earth and Stars (2 bedrooms each)
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and/or shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with an indoor fireplace
  • sunny patio with a hot tub
  • outdoor gas braai and seating area
  • shaded garden

Things to do

  • Protea Walk through orchards, vegetable, herb and aromatherapy gardens
  • mountain-biking
  • hiking
  • horse-riding (offsite)
  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • massage treatments onsite (booked ahead with an outsourced therapist)
  • surrounding Hemel-en-Aarde wine route
  • whale-watching during season (June to November)
  • art galleries, shops and restaurants in Hermanus

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 4 – 6 per cabin
Cost From R3 290 per night (minimum two-night stay)
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Klein-Hangklip Eco Cabin

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Where Rooi-Els, Overberg
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Within the protected environment of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, on the slopes of the mountain that gives this designer cabin its name, you may not spot it amid the rocks and fynbos. It’s painted black and blends in beautifully; from the inside, a similar dark palette perfectly frames mesmerising views through the stacked glass doors: greens, greys, browns and oranges of the landscape, dazzling blue sea and sky (all the way across False Bay to Cape Town). Needless to say, the sunsets here are magnificent, and can be enjoyed from large net hammocks floating off the edge of the deck, from the hot tub or fireside boma.
Eco cred The cabin is made from two repurposed shipping containers; the rock cladding was salvaged from the building site. Entirely off-grid with solar power and gas appliances.

The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms (one queen bed, two single beds)
  • 1 bathroom (with bath and shower), plus extra toilet
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • open-plan living and dining area with fireplace
  • semi-covered furnished deck with giant hammocks
  • wood-burning hot tub
  • separate braai boma (fires not permitted during summer due to high fire risk)

Things to dos

  • swimming at Rooi-Els beach)
  • exploring rock pools
  • hiking trails nearby (Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve)
  • fishing
  • bird and wildlife spotting
  • whale watching (seasonal)
  • artisanal shops, eateries and beach at neighbouring Pringle Bay)
  • Harold Porter Botanical Garden nearby
  • Stony Point penguin colony nearby

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R2 980 per night
Where to find it Off the R44 (Clarence Drive), Rooi-Els
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Rocherpan Nature Reserve

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Where Velddrif
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Hidden in the wild vegetation of the West Coast, Rocherpan is a tranquil escape where fynbos-covered dunes, an abundance of birdlife and crashing waves are welcome substitutes for madding crowds and screeching city streets. The majestic location and striking architecture (by award-winning Justin Cooke) make these cabins – named after the birds that frequent this slice of paradise – the ultimate destination for a serene, no-fuss getaway.
Eco cred Each cabin has its own outdoor tank for water, a solar-powered geyser and an ecofriendly waterless toilet.

The lodgings

  • eight cabins (newer Coot, Moorhen, Egret and Shoveler have 2 bedrooms, the others have 1 bedroom)
  • one double bed, two single beds or double futon for children (plus two daybeds in new cabins)
  • one bathroom
  • living room (indoor fireplace in new cabins)
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas stove)
  • outdoor deck with braai area

Things to do

  • swimming (communal pool or in the sea)
  • 2 short walking/hiking trails (along the beach or vlei)
  • kids’ playground and putt-putt course
  • mountain-biking on the reserve (bring your own bike)
  • picnic at the communal braai area or lookout point near the beach
  • birdwatching (4 bird hides on the reserve)
  • whale-watching (June – November)
  • on-shore angling (permit required)

Good to know The pan is seasonal – it usually dries up between March and June or during drought – so contact the reserve beforehand to check on the water levels.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, limited (30 mins per device per day)
Sleeps 2 – 4 per cabin
Cost From R910 per night; plus conservation fee of R40 (adults); R20 (children)
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Montana Vista Cabin at Gecko Rock

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Where Touws River
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Surrounded by prehistoric rock formations and the lunar-esque landscape of the Karoo, 4 000-hectare Gecko Rock is a wild terrain home to a number of small wildlife –  zebra, springbok, gemsbok and other antelope, honey badger, aardvark, African wild cat, caracal and even the elusive leopard – not to mention an abundance of birdlife too. Hidden away from it all, this scenic escape is the perfect place to recharge and relax, to catch perfect sunrises and sunsets and wish upon a star… or six million.
Eco cred Solar- and gas-powered; conservation comes first at this private nature reserve.

The lodgings

  • luxury two-bedroom wooden cabin
  • bathroom with shower
  • two queen-size beds and a double sleeper couch
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • lounge and dining area
  • indoor cast-iron fireplace
  • large deck with braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • shop at reception for basic items (ice, firewood, matches, cold drinks, chips, water, Karoo Lamb chops and ribs)

Things to do

  • hiking trails
  • over 40km of mountain-biking trails
  • 4×2 and 4×4 drives and training
  • stargazing
  • flower and succulent walks (self-guided)
  • rock climbing and abseiling
  • shooting academy

Good to know There are also three other more basic wooden cabins beside the campsite, fully equipped for self-catering with indoor fireplaces, and two other more luxury self-catered units with hot tubs. Southern Nights (sleeps 8) and Rhebokvlakte (sleeps 4). Another cabin called Sugarbush is being built.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Wifi? At reception only
Sleeps 6
Cost From R3 000 per night; R250 per extra adult, R175 per child
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Camissa Farm

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Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting Tucked in the rolling hills of the Banhoek Valley, surrounded by orchards and fynbos, Camissa (meaning “place of sweet water”) offers guests a sought-after combination of tranquil surrounds and contemporary style. Featuring a selection of Scandi-style lodgings, it promises an unforgettable stay in nature, where 360-degree views of the farmlands and mountains, complete with all the creature comforts, will have you wanting to linger longer.
Eco cred The property is completely off the grid; the farm focuses on small-scale, sustainable and organic practices.

The lodgings

  • Camissa Cabin: 3 bedrooms + two bathrooms
  • three smaller cottages (Avocado, Almond, Rosemary) with one en-suite bedroom and sleeping area for children
  • open-plan lounge with a flatscreen TV (select DStv in Camissa Cabin only)
  • fully equipped kitchen with dining area
  • indoor fireplace (selected cottages)
  • wood-fired hot tub (in Camissa Cabin)
  • patio with braai area and/or firepit
  • airconditioning (in main bedroom of selected cottages)

Things to do

  • swimming in the farm dam
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • scenic farm walks
  • nearby wine farms
  • explore Stellenbosch’s restaurants and shops
  • day trips to Franschhoek
  • Banhoek tennis courts (by arrangement)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 6 per unit
Cost From R1 200 per unit per night (minimum 2-night stay)
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KolKol Mountain Lodge

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Eco Cabins Cape Town: KolKol Mountain Lodge
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Hot Tub Accommodation Cape Town: KolKol Mountain Lodge Fynbos Pod Deck

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting The “original” wood-fired tub destination, KolKol Mountain Lodge is a luxurious retreat that appeals to discerning nature-lovers seeking to recharge in stunning surroundings. Sweeping views of the Babylonstoren Mountains and the peaceful sounds of nature set the scene for this secluded getaway. Owners Karen and Rudi Oosthuyse bought the farm next door, where they’ve added three cocoon-shaped Fynbos Pods that take modern design and style up a notch.
Eco cred Each unit built with timber from alien trees on “footprints” in the fynbos so as not to disturb the habitat; solar power and gas used for geysers, heaters and stove; recycling of applicable items.

The lodgings

  • nine log cabins of varying sizes (most sleep 2, one sleeps 6, one sleeps 10)
  • four two-sleeper Fynbos Pods
  • en-suite bathrooms (some with bath and shower) plus outdoor shower in Sugarbush
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan living area with two-way fireplace (in Fynbos Pods)
  • CD player (pods have Marshall Bluetooth speakers)
  • wooden deck with outdoor seating
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • outdoor braai area in all cabins and pods
  • outdoor lounge in pods
  • wood-fired pizza oven in King Cabin and Fynbos Pods

Things to do

  • 3km circular hiking trail
  • mountain-biking
  • in-cabin massages available
  • wine farms nearby
  • Kogelberg Nature Reserve
  • explore Hermanus and Kleinmond

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2–10 per unit
Cost Cabins: From R 1 900 per night (minimum 2-night stay over weekends)
Fynbos Pods: From R2 350 per night (minimum 2-night stay over weekends)

Copia Eco Cabins

Eco Cabins Cape Town: Copia Eco Cabins
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Copia Eco Cabins Bathroom
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Copia Eco Cabins Deck
Hot Tub Accommodation Cape Town: Copia Eco Cabins Bedroom

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Situated on a working farm in the heart of the Overberg, these converted shipping containers are the perfect off-grid stay for an overdose of nature and seclusion (the name means “abundance” in Latin). Proud owner Lucas Steyn built the four utterly luxurious cabins, and has ensured style, comfort and unspoilt surrounds are in abundance. With little cellphone reception and no wifi or TV, it’s easy to unplug and embrace the mountain views while enjoying a soak in the hot tub.
Eco cred Made from recycled materials; off the grid –  solar electricity; all water used in the cabins is recycled for irrigation.

The lodgings

  • four cabins: Copia, Lone Tree, Waterval + Soetdoring
  • one en-suite bedroom with extra-large bed
  • bathroom with bath and shower
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen (fridge, freezer and gas hob)
  • indoor fireplace
  • covered deck with braai and outdoor seating
  • wood-fired hot tub

Things to do

  • hiking in Kogelberg Nature Reserve
  • mountain-biking and fly-fishing on neighbouring farm
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • Dassiesfontein farm stall
  • Honingklip brewery
  • Elgin Railway Market
  • beaches in Kleinmond and Hermanus

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2
Cost From R1 850 per cabin per night (minimum 2-night stay on weekends)
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Fountain Shack

Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Fountain Shack
Beachfront Accommodation Cape Town: Fountain Shack Setting
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Fountain Shack Setting

Where Plettenberg Bay
Distance from CT 6 hours
Setting Robberg Nature Reserve is a slice of rugged paradise and a World Heritage Site. Though it’s just 8km from vibey Plett, you’ll feel a million miles from civilisation. It’s a true back-to-basics getaway, and with a two-hour hike to reach it, you’re likely to have this spot all to yourself. Fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore below, and spend your days exploring the beach and cliffs, birdwatching and looking out for seals, dolphins, whales and the rare blue duiker.
Eco cred Water tank to feed the shower and taps; Enviro Loo (waterless sanitation system; solar power for lighting and the freezer.

The lodgings

  • rustic wooden cabin
  • 4 double bunk beds in an open-plan room
  • outside shower and Enviro loo
  • well-equipped kitchen (gas cooker)
  • indoor dining table
  • deck with braai area

Things to do

  • whale-watching (June to November)
  • picnic at one of 3 viewing decks in the reserve
  • 3 circular hiking routes (from a 30-minute stroll to a 4-hour hike)
  • birdwatching, including the reserve’s “seagull nursery”)
  • angling (surf and rock-angling only, with a permit)
  • climb the majestic Witsand sand dune (one of only 7 on this coastline)

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 8
Cost From R1 030 per night; plus a overnight conservation fee of R40 (adults); R20 (children)
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The Famtin at Riverstone House

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Famtin Riverstone house Living Area Secluded Getaways Western Cape

Where Wolseley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting On the edge of a small farm dam with uninterrupted views of the Mostertshoek Mountains, this pet-friendly getaway sleeps four. The house, constructed from two repurposed shipping containers, is comfortably furnished, with high-end appliances and a wood-burning stove in the living area. There’s no TV, but who needs it with the golden sunsets and starlit sky.
Eco cred The container conversion was done using ecofriendly materials and with minimum impact on the environment.

The lodgings

  • two en-suite bedrooms (1 double bed, 2 single beds)
  • bath and outdoor shower in main bedroom
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • wood-burning stove for heating
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • covered verandah with outdoor dining and braai
  • private jetty

Things to do

  • swimming in the dam
  • mountain-biking
  • hiking
  • horse-riding off site
  • exploring the Ceres and Tulbagh valleys
  • wine estates
  • fruit-picking in season

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes (pet-sitting on request)
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R1 750 per night (minimum 2-night stay)
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Teniqua Treetops

Eco Cabins Cape Town: Teniqua Treetops
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Teniqua Treetops Setting
Teniqua Treetops Kitchen

Where Sedgefield
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting This eco lodge takes glamping to another level… a few levels above the ground, actually. These spacious treetop suites are made of canvas, wood and glass, and were constructed in such a way as to minimise impact on the surrounding forest. In fact, the original suite, Philosopher’s Perch, incorporates the trees into its design. The units are spread out over a wide area to ensure privacy, so if you’re looking to escape, no one’s likely to find you up here – except the occasional bird or mischievous monkey.
Eco cred The wood used for construction was sustainably farmed; gas and solar power; river water pumped through an onsite, non-chemical filtration system; greywater used for flushing toilets and irrigation; biodegradable cleaning materials; recycling and composting practised.

The lodgings

  • four couples’ suites: Louries Nest, Moon Over Milkwood, Gorge View, Greenbeard
  • two deluxe couples’ suites: The Eyrie and Tranquillity (double-storey)
  • two family double/two-bedroom suites: Forest Elders and Philosopher’s Perch (multi-level)
  • “forest-view” bathroom with bath
  • queen beds with mosquito nets
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas stove)
  • lounge and/or dining areas
  • electric blankets and heaters, as well as misting fans
  • open deck with a Weber braai
  • “cook-it-yourself” meal packs (additional cost)
  • air-conditioning

Things to do

  • forest trails
  • swim in the Karatara River and its rock pools
  • art gallery and bar on site
  • swimming pool and jet pool
  • games room, farm animals, playground and arts & crafts for kids
  • birdwatching
  • explore “slow town” Sedgefield
  • stargazing
  • nighttime forest excursion (summer only)
  • bush bar

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, in communal area only
Sleeps 2 – 4 per suite
Cost From R1 779 per unit per night
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Old Olive Cabin at Platbos Forest

Eco Cabins Cape Town: Old Olive Cabin at Platbos Forest
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Old Olive Cabin at Platbos Forest Bedroom
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Old Olive Cabin at Platbos Forest Lounge

Where Between Stanford and Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Set on the edge of Platbos, an old-growth indigenous forest. A privately owned Provincial Nature Reserve, these conservationists intend on preserving its flora and fauna, which includes ancient milkwood, wild olive and hard pear trees, bushbuck, baboons and even some leopards. This cosy and authentic, old-style log cabin, named for a nearby 800-year-old wild olive tree, makes for an immersive forest retreat and includes everything you need for a magical escape. It’s rustic but utterly charming… you’ll be ferrying your luggage from the car park to the cabin using a wheelbarrow.
Eco cred Off the grid, with solar power for lighting and a minibar fridge; old-school donkey boiler to heat water; river and dam water is piped in and recycled for irrigation; composting waterless toilets; conservation and reforestation projects on site.

The lodgings

  • one bedroom with a double bed
  • open-air bathroom with shower
  • open-plan lounge with sleeper couch
  • fully equipped kitchenette (gas stove)
  • indoor fireplace
  • shaded patio with outdoor seating and braai

Things to do

  • forest trails
  • a labyrinth made from sea shells
  • offsite mountain-biking trail
  • nearby De Kelders for whale-watching (in season)
  • nearby wine farms, cheesery and brewery
  • restaurants, shops and more in Stanford and Hermanus

Good to know There are also two glamping suites in the forest.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 – 3 (sleeper couch for an extra person)
Cost FromR1 100 per night for two people
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Reflections Eco-Reserve

Eco Cabins Cape Town: Reflections Eco Reserve Bedroom
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Reflections Eco Reserve
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Reflections Eco Reserve Interior
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Reflections Eco Reserve Activities

Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 4.5 hours
Setting Surrounded by the Garden Route National Park and situated in the lush Rondevlei wetlands, these wooden chalets provide off-the-grid living with a side of comfort. The reserve is filled with indigenous vegetation and wildlife, and 15 minutes away from beautiful beaches, making it a wonderful nature getaway. With only four chalets and two glamping options on the 42-hectare property, privacy is a given. Tranquility, too – as a Ramsar site, no boating or fishing is permitted on the vlei, which ensures a peaceful atmosphere and thriving birdlife.
Eco cred Powered by wind turbines and solar power; chalets built with natural materials; ongoing alien-clearing project to return the land to its original state.

The lodgings

  • four spacious three-bedroom chalets (one room is an upstairs loft)
  • one queen-size bed and four twin beds
  • one bathroom with a bath and shower, plus outdoor shower and extra toilet
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor fireplace
  • wraparound deck with a braai and seating area
  • breakfast and braai packs delivered on request (additional cost)

Things to do

  • walking trail on site (includes a Late Stone Age site)
  • picnic by the lake
  • full access to Garden Route National Park (forest, mountain and coastal walks)
  • birdwatching (over 140 species frequent the vlei)
  • small-game viewing (otters, mongooses, bushpigs, grysbok and duikers)
  • swimming at the beach
  • mountain-biking on the Seven Passes
  • canoeing on the Touw River

Good to know The two luxury tents are more suited to couples.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 4 adults + 2 children per chalet
Cost From R2 200 per night
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Platbos Log Cabins at Slanghoek Nature Reserve

Eco Cabins Cape Town: Platbos Log Cabins at Slanghoek Nature Reserve Setting
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Platbos Log Cabins at Slanghoek Nature Reserve Interior
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Platbos Log Cabins at Slanghoek Nature Reserve
Eco Cabins Cape Town: Platbos Log Cabins at Slanghoek Nature Reserve Lounge

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Hidden below the towering mountains of the lesser-known Slanghoek Valley, near Worcester, these log cabins on stilts – aptly named Kliphout, Olienhout and Geelhout – are perched over a serene, sparkling dam, with views to the vineyards beyond. It’s an ideal spot for nature lovers looking to get lost in the beauty of the surroundings.
Eco cred Gas- and solar-powered (no electricity, which means no cable poles to ruin the view!).

The lodgings

  • three log cabins, each with 2 bedrooms and a loft
  • two queen-size beds and two single beds (in loft)
  • one bathroom with a shower
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas stove and fridge)
  • open-plan living and dining area
  • indoor fireplace
  • deck with outdoor seating and gas braai

Things to do

  • paddling on the dam (bring your own canoe)
  • short walking trails
  • horse-riding (most Saturday mornings)
  • putt-putt, jungle gym and trampoline
  • 2 swimming pools
  • fly-fishing
  • restaurant on site
  • mountain-biking
  • wine farms nearby

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 6 per cabin
Cost From R1 550 per night for two people; R475 per extra person
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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 01 September 2022

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14 Responses to “The Best Eco Cabins in the Cape”

  1. Annette davis

    Looking for a
    Weekend away

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  2. Muller Botha

    I love this compelation of hideaways…keep them coming
    rgds!!

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  3. Arlene Rottanburg

    Why don’t you have pet friendly venues as well

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  4. Pamela Nayler

    except 1 ….all pet unfriendly, what a pity

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  5. Karisa

    Awesome list. Just disappointing that so few are pet friendly. Can you guys do a “best pet friendly” accommodation list next 🙂

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  6. Gail

    Perhaps the hospitality industry should introduce a ‘Pet Passport’ within which your pet behavior could be logged somewhere as reference of previous stays and responsible behavior displayed by both the pet and the owner. If accommodation is not pet friendly, one can add a further R1000 per night to hire pet-sitters if you don’t have friends of family that can look after your pets. One of the key reasons we are restricted to going away regularly for weekends.

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  7. Shahid Abdool

    Couldn’t agree more with Bruce Hutchison regarding per friendly accommodation. Our fury pets are part of our household and we love to take them away for holidays, but can never find suitable accommodation that caters for pets. Really sad that South African operators are not inline with international operators.

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  8. Anthony

    100% Agree with Bruce.
    I also look for the pet friendly options because that is just the way we are these days, and I am always disappointed to find so few. Two or three days away without the hounds not only leaves them out of the fun but it is a logistical issue too.

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    • Laura Beylefeld

      Agree.
      It is extremely difficult to find pet friendly options in nature and my dogs are 100% socialised – all round friendly. They love the geese, the guinea, the sheep, other dogs and cats and birds, nothing phases them, they were raised one with nature.

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  9. Bruce Hutchison

    Greetings Insider Team,
    Week after week I look forward to your magazine hoping to find an escape for a few days. You really do an amazing job bringing us all these wonderful ideas. What I have unfortunately begun to realise is how unfriendly South Africa is towards pets. By example just look through this week’s escape cabins and you will only find three out of 22. Having lived all over Europe for many years I can compare how pets, especially dogs are welcomed there in both restaurants and accommodation entities. What can be done to bring South African hospitality operators up to speed with today’s travellers. By the way what would be of great help is if you could publish restaurents’ pet policy when you feature these.

    Just a few suggestions from a keen fan and arvent reader.

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    • Judy Sturrock

      Couldn’t agree more regarding pet friendly accommodation. 3/22 is pretty sad.

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      • Linda Thomalla

        Yes another in full agreement. We have an excellent ly trained dog – getting on in years. We take her own bed with us. We are looking for a bit upmarket accommodation with 3 bedrooms & is pet friendly but battling to find .

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  10. yvonne batista

    yes please send everyhing to me

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