As South Africans, we’ve begrudgingly become accustomed to load shedding. This is somewhat of an advantage as the world looks to a more sustainable future, choosing to step “off the grid” to help save the planet.
Add a generous dollop of Mother Nature and you have a winner! More and more city dwellers are looking to escape the fast-paced routine of the city and trade it for a slower lifestyle that’s infused with enchanted forests and country-style living.
If this sounds like heaven on earth, then here are five off-the-grid spots around Cape Town that will give you the greatest gift of all – a break!
Teniqua Treetops Lodge
Eco-friendly and naturally charming, it offers privacy and incredible views of the valley and surroundings. Spend your getaway hiking, bird-watching and enjoying nature.
- Location: Knysna Forest, Barrington Rd, Sedgefield
- Contact: www.teniquatreetops.co.za
These luxurious eco-pods blend seamlessly with the exquisite natural beauty, utilising solar power and an eco-friendly lightweight steel design. They offer views that are spectacular and an interior that’s to-die-for.
- Location: Dwarsberg Farm, Rawsonville
- Contact: https://www.trouthaven.co.za/
This beautiful stone cottage is located in the heart of Touwsberg Private Nature Reserve, offering spectacular views of nature. An authentic off the grid experience that has no electricity, but does provide good quality gas appliances, including stove tops, fridge/freezer and rechargeable solar lights. There’s also hot water which is heated by solar panels.
- Location: Touwsberg Private Nature Reserve
- Contact: Via Airbnb
Nestled in beautiful Swellendam, this beautiful property offers a stylish architectural design that is surrounded by a majestic setting – mountains, wetland rivers and swimming pools.
- Location: Suurbrak, Western Cape
- Contact: Via Airbnb
CapeNature always seems to provide the best hideaway spots, and this one is no different. Located on the scenic Kogelberg Nature Reserve, these eco-cabins are the perfect getaway for those looking to say goodbye to nature and embrace a slow-paced lifestyle. Unadulterated views and unique Cape fynbos are all ready to be explored.
- Location: Kogelberg Nature Reserve
- Contact: Book here