Schools are about to close for the June/July holiday period and it is time to start thinking about a getaway. Booking green accommodation in the Western Cape does not mean that you need to forfeit comfort for an eco-friendly option. There are plenty of eco-friendly options offering both green principles and luxurious comfort, if you know where to look.
Here are five green holiday locations in Cape Town that you need to visit:
Belle Foret – Wilderness, Garden Route:
The Belle Foret guest farm is situated along the Garden Route, just outside Wilderness. This eco-friendly holiday destination has all the luxuries that you would ever need, in luxury cottages and apartments and an entertainment area. Upon arrival, you are greeted by rows of trees, a variety of fynbos and a family of curious hedgehogs.
Situated at the heart of the Garden Route, you will have access to all the local towns and tourist attractions, including the beaches in Plettenberg Bay and Jeffery’s Bay, bird watching, surfing and paragliding and some of the finest golf courses and estates.
Oudrif – Clanwilliam, Cederberg:
In the Cederberg, on the banks of the Doring River, Oudrif provides stylish accommodation in straw bale cottages, for visitors looking for some peach and quiet and looking to be close to nature. The beautiful river flowing through the Cederberg offers the opportunity for paddling, swimming, fishing and sun bathing on secluded beaches.
The accommodation is set for a maximum of ten people at a time, guaranteeing that you will have the place to yourself, and ensuring minimal damage to the environment.
Mosaic Farm – Standford, Cape Overberg:
One of the hidden gems on the famous Cape Whale Coast, Mosaic is a guest resort situated between the Hermanus Lagoon and the glimmering Overberg Mountain Range. Stay at Mosaic Farm and discover the local lagoon and its marine life, some of the finest wine farms in South Africa and a mother nature at her very best.
Teniqua Treetops – Sedgefield, Garden Route:
Visit Teniqua Treetops, a luxurious, eco-friendly and unconventional tree house holiday hideout. Situated in acres of pristine indigenous forest, you will have a chance to relax and unwind with Mother Nature. Activities include hiking trails, visiting local bird farms and elephant parks in Knysna, picnicking in the forest and going for swims in the nearby river.
Mariner Guesthouse – Simons Town, Cape Town:
Mariner Guesthouse is an eco-friendly facility in Simon’s Town, offering guests a stylish, elegant and comfortable stay. Sit back and relax on your own private balcony and enjoy the colourful sunset and watch the Whales play in the bay.
The house is north facing and harnesses natural energy to power the building. Activities include hiking trails, bird watching, wine tasting, boat trips and rides around the local Solole Game Reserve.
Take a drive down in your new car to one of these fantastic holiday destinations and enjoy your eco-friendly break. Ensure that you plan ahead and get road side assistance, as you do not want to end up halfway to your holiday with a broken radiator.