The Best Eco Cabins in the Cape

The Best Eco Cabins in the Cape Orchard Stay, Dewald Kirsten Photography

Back to nature.

There’s nothing like a generous helping of Mother Nature and fresh country air to set you back on the right 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

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Where Bonnievale
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Though it’s just a 200km 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. Two new pods (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 Aside from being built from natural materials in order to blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape, each pod is equipped with solar power. An ongoing conservation project, the reserve is a former livestock farm returned to pristine, indigenous nature.

The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom (sleeping 2 adults) plus a sleeper couch for a small child
  • en-suite bathroom (bath and shower)
  • open-plan kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with fireplace
  • deck with a braai and outdoor seating area
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • 14-metre hammock
  • wood-fired pizza oven
  • air conditioning

Things to do

  • wood-fired hot tub
  • game drives (1 complimentary per 2-night stay)
  • nature walks
  • birdwatching
  • mountain biking (bikes for rent on site)
  • wine farms (part of Robertson Wine Valley)
  • olive farms
  • La Mont cheese deli
  • Breede River Goose boat cruises
  • explore historic McGregor

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 adults + 1 child
Cost R3 950 per pod per night
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Stonewood Mountain Cabin

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Where Bainskloof
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 The cabin is off-grid, with power provided from solar energy, water pumped from the nearby river, and an ecofriendly soakaway septic tank. The owners plan to incorporate wind power in future.

The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with queen-size beds (one upstairs)
  • 2 single beds in the communal area
  • 2 bathrooms (one with clawfoot tub, one with nature shower)
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas stove and fridge)
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with a wood-burning 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
  • gin tasting at Monks Distillery
  • The Calabash Bush Pub (at the entrance to the reserve)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 6
Cost From R5 040 for 2 nights for the cabin (minimum 2-night stay)
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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 wonderfully 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 A wood-fired hot tub and innovative eco swimming pool (dam water flows through the pool).

The lodgings

  • 2 en-suite bedrooms (1 with king-size bed, 2 with twin beds)
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas stove)
  • dining area
  • lounge with a fireplace
  • wrap-around verandah with braai area and outdoor seating
  • wood-burning hot tub
  • natural swimming pool
  • air conditioning

Things to do

  • swimming in the pool
  • birdwatching
  • 3 hiking trails (one through a waterfall)
  • mountain-biking trails
  • fly-fishing
  • wine farms
  • explore nearby Tulbagh
  • Ceres zipline

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 4
Cost From R1 800 per night (depending on season)
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Oudebosch Eco Cabins

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Where Kleinmond/Betty’s Bay
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 The cabins, which received the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction, utilise planted roofs for insulation, waterless toilets, renewable materials and solar power for the geyser. Each cabin uses just 2kW of electricity per day.

The lodgings

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

Things to do

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

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2–6 per cabin
Cost From R1 250 – R3 430 per cabin per night (depending on season and cabin type); plus a conservation fee of R40 (adults) and R20 (children).
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Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Known as paradise by those who’ve experienced it, this scenic spot in the Breedekloof is on a working fruit and wine farm, where a slew of campsites, quaint cottages and recently introduced luxury eco pods overlook a river. They’re perfect for those who fancy a stylish getaway soaked in natural beauty.
Eco cred The pods were custom-designed to blend into the surroundings, and are made from ecofriendly lightweight steel. Solar power is used.

The lodgings

  • 3 luxury pods (Water, Air and Fire) sleeping 2 to 4 people
  • 2 bedrooms with double beds (can be made into twins)
  • 2 en-suite bathrooms with rain shower
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • deck with outdoor seating
  • outdoor and indoor braai
  • kiosk selling firewood, ice, coffee, snacks and fresh farm produce

Things to do

  • swimming in private plunge pools and river
  • birdwatching
  • picnic next to the river
  • 3 hiking trails (one to a waterfall)
  • river fly-fishing on site
  • bistro on site (open daily until 4pm, except Sundays)
  • mountain-biking tails
  • wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2–4 per pod
Cost From R1 040 per person per night (depending on season and number of people)
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Stonehaven Eco Cabins

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Where 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 KolKol 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, and most of the farm remains as close to its original fynbos landscape as possible.
The lodgings

  • 3 eco-friendly 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 KolKol hot tub
  • outdoor gas braai and seating area
  • shaded garden
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • soak in the hot tub
  • meandering Protea Walk through fruit orchards, vegetable, herb and aromatherapy gardens
  • mountain-biking
  • hiking
  • horseback riding
  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • massage treatments (additional cost)
  • 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 cabin per night (depending on season and cabin type)
Please note Stonehaven Eco Cabins are closed until 27 May 2022 due to maintenance.
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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

  • 8 cabins (newer Coot, Moorhen, Egret and Shoveler have 2 bedrooms, the others have 1 bedroom)
  • 1 double bed, 2 single beds or double futon for children (plus 2 day beds in new cabins)
  • 1 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 at own risk; no swimming in the 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
  • 2 short walking/hiking trails (along the beach or vlei)
  • birdwatching (4 bird hides on the reserve)
  • whale-watching (June to 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 (access for 30 mins per device per day)
Sleeps 2–4 per cabin
Cost From R910 per night (depending on season and cabin); plus conservation fee of R40 (adults) and R20 (children).
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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” in Khoi) 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 itself focuses on small-scale, sustainable and organic practices (crops grow happily together to promote diversity and reduce the need to spray, while the herd of Dexter cows mow the oats between the vineyard rows and fertilise the soil as they move between the pastures.)

The lodgings

  • 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Camissa Cabin sleeps 6
  • 3 cottages at the dam (Avocado, Almond, Rosemary) sleep 2 in an en-suite bedroom, with an additional 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 in selected cottages
  • Camissa Cabin has a wood-fired hot tub
  • patio with braai area and/or fire pit
  • air conditioning in main bedroom of some 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, free
Sleeps 2–6 per unit
Cost From R1 200 per unit per night (depending on season and unit type). Minimum 2-night stay.
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KolKol Mountain Lodge

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Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting The “original” wood-fired tub destination, KolKol 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 Oostehuyse 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 was built with timber from alien trees on “footprints” in the fynbos so as not to to disturb the habitat. Minimal use of electricity through solar and gas (geysers, heaters, stoves) and recycling of applicable items.

The lodgings

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

Things to do

  • wood-fired hot tub
  • have an in-cabin massage
  • 3km circular hiking trail
  • swim in the dam
  • mountain-biking
  • wine farms
  • Kogelberg Nature Reserve
  • explore Hermanus and Kleinmond

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2–10 per unit
Cost Mountain Cabins R 2 200 per cabin per weekend night; Fynbos Pods R2 650 per pod per weekend night
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Sondagskloof

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Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Towering poplar trees, a natural dam and fynbos-covered mountains set the scene at this idyllic Overberg retreat in the scenic Sandies Glen Valley. With just three cool cabins spread far away from each other – Vlei is alongside the dam, while hidden in the trees are Forest and Poplar (alongside a stream) – this stunning escape is what escapist dreams are made of… Siesta in a hammock, try some ‘forest bathing’, settle in beside your fire pit and admire the stars.
Eco cred The cabins were built with materials and methods, and use solar energy and water from a mountain spring.

The lodgings

  • Forest and Poplar sleep 2, Vlei sleeps 4 (double bed and bunk bed)
  • 1 indoor/outdoor shower
  • open-plan lounge with fireplace
  • fully equipped “galley” kitchen (gas stove)
  • fire pit and Weber braai
  • spacious wooden deck
  • wood-fired hot tubs in Forest and Vlei; heated plunge pool in Poplar
  • hammocks strung between the trees

Things to do

  • hot tub
  • swim in the dam
  • scenic forest walks
  • pick your own veg from the organic garden
  • cycling routes
  • mountain fynbos trails and walks
  • Stanford’s brewery and cheese farm
  • wine farms
  • Klein River cruise

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2–4 per cabin
Good to know This property is extremely popular, with the first weekend availability being in February 2022. We recommend booking far in advance.
Cost R4 000 for two nights (during the week); R4 800 for two nights (weekends). Minimum 2-night stay.
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Fynbos Suites at Farm 215

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting In the breathtaking off-the-beaten track Uilkraal Valley between Stanford and Cape Agulhas, Farm 215 Nature Retreat & Fynbos Reserve is an awe-inspiring 800-hectare escape surrounded by beauty. The fragrant fynbos and quiet call of the country create a sense of peaceful seclusion, while the lodgings offer stylish comfort and floor-to-ceiling windows to appreciate those sweeping views of the plains, a dam and vineyards (including from the bathtub).
Eco cred Each cabin was built using ecofriendly materials and designed to blend into the surrounding landscape. The reserve itself also has a firm focus on conservation and reforestation; guests are invited to plant a tree.

The lodgings

  • 3 modern wooden cabins
  • 1 bedroom en-suite (bath and shower)
  • open-plan lounge, dining and small kitchen area
  • wood-burning stove for heating
  • sundeck with outdoor seating

Things to do

  • hiking and mountain-biking trails on site
  • horse riding on the reserve
  • swimming pool and restaurant on site
  • wine tasting at Lomond (and on Elim Wine Route)
  • whale-watching (June to November)
  • walks on Pearly Beach
  • visit the southern tip of Africa at Agulhas
  • explore Stanford and Baardskeerdersbos

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per cabin
Cost R2 640 per night for two adults sharing; R1 980 per night single (both depending on season)
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Copia Eco Cabins

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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 named the three utterly luxurious cabins after his father’s farms in the Free State, 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 The cabins are primarily made from recycled materials and are off the grid –  solar electricity only (no microwaves, ovens or hairdryers here!) All water used in the cabins is recycled for irrigation.

The lodgings

  • 3 cabins: Copia, Lone Tree and Waterval
  • 1 en-suite bedroom with XL bed (bath and shower)
  • spacious open-plan interior with lounge and dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen (fridge, freezer and gas hob)
  • fireplace
  • covered deck with braai area and outdoor seating
  • private wood-fired hot tub

Things to do

  • soak in the hot tub
  • hiking in Kogelberg Nature Reserve
  • neighbouring Houw Hoek farm for mountain-biking and fly-fishing
  • wine farms
  • Dassiesfontein farm stall and antiques
  • Honingklip brewery
  • Elgin Railway Market
  • beaches in Kleinmond and Hermanus

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 per cabin
Cost R1 750 per cabin (weeknights), R2 100 per cabin (weekends, minimum 2-night stay)
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Fountain Shack

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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 The cabin has a water tank to feed the shower and taps (limited water), as well as an Enviro Loo (waterless sanitation system) and solar power for lighting and the freezer.

The lodgings

  • rustic wooden cabin
  • 4 bunk beds in an open-plan room
  • bathroom with outside shower
  • 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)
  • visit the lighthouse

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 8
Cost From R1 030 per night (depending on season and number of people); plus a conservation fee of R40 (adults) and R20 (children).
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The Famtin at Riverstone House

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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

  • 2 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 stove for heating
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • deep covered verandah
  • outdoor dining area and built-in braai
  • ceiling fans
  • private jetty

Things to do

  • swimming in the dam
  • mountain-biking
  • hiking
  • horse riding on 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, free
Sleeps 4
Cost From R1 600 per night for the unit (depending on season). Minimum 2-night stay.
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Teniqua Treetops

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Where Sedgefield
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting This ecofriendly 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. For energy efficiency, a combination of gas and solar is used. Water is pumped from the river through an onsite filtration system using no chemicals; the greywater from filtration is used for flushing toilets and irrigation. Cleaning materials are 100% biodegradable. Recycling and composting is actively practised.

The lodgings

  • 4 couples’ suites and 2 deluxe couples’ suites (Tranquility is double-storey)
  • 2 family double suites (sleep 4 in 2 bedrooms; Philosopher’s Perch is multi-level)
  • “forest-view” bathroom (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

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

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, in communal area only
Sleeps 2–4 per suite
Cost Couples Treetop Suite R1 779 per unit per night, Deluxe Couples Treetop Suite R2 065 per unit per night; Family Double Treetop Suite R2 502 per unit per night (all prices depending on season)
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Old Olive Cabin at Platbos Forest

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

Where Between Stanford and Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Set in an old-growth indigenous forest, Platbos is privately owned by conservationists intent on preserving its flora and fauna, which includes ancient milkwood trees, bushbuck, baboons and even some leopards. The cosy Old Olive 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.
Eco cred It’s off the grid, with solar power for lighting and a minibar fridge, and an old-school donkey boiler to heat water. River and dam water is piped in, and recycled for irrigation. It also features composting waterless toilets. The reserve itself undertakes various conservation and reforestation projects.

The lodgings

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

Things to do

  • forest trails
  • a labyrinth made from sea shells
  • mountain-biking trail
  • Grootbos Nature Reserve
  • De Kelders for whale-watching
  • explore Stanford and Hermanus
  • Klein River Cheese Farm

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2–3 (sleeper couch for an extra person)
Cost R1 050 per night for the cabin for 2 people
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Reflections Eco-Reserve

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

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 The property is powered by wind turbines and solar power, and the chalets are built with natural materials. There is an alien-plant clearing project underway to return the land to its natural state.

The lodgings

  • 4 spacious chalets
  • 2 bedrooms and an upstairs loft
  • 1 bathroom (bath and shower) plus outdoor shower
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • fireplace
  • wraparound deck with a braai and seating area

Things to do

  • walking trail on site (includes a Late Stone Age site)
  • picnic next to the lake
  • full access to Garden Route National Park (forest, mountain and coastal walks)
  • birdwatching (over 140 species frequent the vlei)
  • small-game viewing (Cape clawless otter, water mongoose, caracal, bushpig, grysbok and grey duiker)
  • swimming at the beach
  • mountain-biking on Seven Passes
  • canoeing on the Touw River

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 4 adults and 2 children per chalet
Cost From R1 850 per night (depending on season)
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Platbos Log Cabins at Slanghoek Nature Reserve

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

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 There is no electricity (which means no eye-sore cable poles!); the cabins are gas- and solar-powered.

The lodgings

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

Things to do

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

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 6 per cabin
Cost From R1 750 per night for two adults (depending on season)
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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: 13 October 2021

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

  1. Angie Dos Santos

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  2. Merentia de Wet

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  3. Carl

    Orchard Stay is highly recommended.

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  4. Zelda

    The Famtin at Riverstone House is our number 1 choice due to its close proximity to Cape Town, amenities (including Wi-Fi), beautiful surroundings and that it is pet friendly.

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  5. Roy Cotton

    Fantastic article and well researched, thank you.

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