Sustainable Hotel in South Africa

The Best Sustainable Hotels in South Africa

Planning a trip not sure which Sustainable Hotels in South Africa are the best for the environmentally conscious traveler

There are various ways hotels can reduce their impact on the environment like reducing their greenhouse gas emission, buying from local businesses, starting a garden or even introducing a towel and sheet reuse program.

Sustainable Hotels in South Africa

The sustainable South Africa hotels to book now:

The City Lodge Hotel Group

Sustainable Hotels in South Africa

The City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) has stellar eco-credentials. In 2019, this sustainable South African hotel group rolled out a large-scale solar panels project at 25 hotels at cost of R20m, with a combined energy output of approximately 1.45 megawatts of power or 10% of the entire group’s energy requirements. They’ve supported local sustainable businesses by introducing a new amenities range, including a Zero Bar made by The Bespoke Amenities Company (TBAC).

ProductDescriptionNet Result
Hair & Body Zero BarMade using no water, with a dollop of
avocado and argan oil, to replace liquid
shampoo and liquid body wash
Minus two plastic bottles and two
plastic caps
Hand BarReplaces the soap bars and made with
a dollop of coconut and sunflower oil
Minus two plastic flow wraps.
Body CreamEnriched with shea butter and packed
in recyclable aluminum tube and cap
made from recycled plastic
Minus plastic bottle.
Shower CapMade using corn starch.Minus plastic flow wrap

City Lodge is also rolling out hydration stations at its hotels, offering a free alternative to plastic water bottles. Filtered, magnesium-enriched water is now available for all guests.

Hotel Verde

Sustainable Hotels in South Africa

Rated the Greenest Hotel in Africa, Hotel Verde was the first hotel in Africa to offer guests a fully carbon-neutral stay, which is offset by benefiting local communities living in and around Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. They achieve this by creating new jobs, strengthening social infrastructure, and protecting the local wildlife through supporting and helping those to rebuild forest cover.

Guests who are staying at the hotel are encouraged to do their bit by using the stairs instead of the elevator, not turning on the air conditioning, or heading to the gym to use the hotel’s energy-generating equipment. Guests staying at this eco-friendly hotel in Cape Town are awarded Verdinos – the hotel’s in-house currency that rewards you for being involved in making green choices. One Verdino is equivalent to R5. Verdinos’ can be used towards your bill, at the hotel bar or towards your treatments and products at Renew Treatment Room.

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Thaba Eco Hotel

Thaba Eco Hotel | Sustainable Hotel in SA

Surrounded by the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Thaba Eco Hotel and Spa features elegant suites. This sustainable hotels in South Africa won the prestigious South African Grading Councils – Lilizela Tourism Award 2019 for the ‘Best 4-Star Hotel in South Africa’.

Thaba Eco focuses on xeriscaping. *Xeriscaping – refers to the conservation of water through creative landscaping at the Hotel to minimize the need for water use. They also offer eco-drive safaris that educate you on biomes, trees, plants, grasses, animals, and their role in the ecosystem.


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The Vineyard

Sustainable Hotels in South Africa

The Vineyard situated on the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town has been recognized by the international Skål Sustainable Tourism Awards. The hotel was built on three hectares (eight acres) of land and is surrounded by over 9,000 plant species, of which 70 percent are unique to the Western Cape.

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Best Places to Stay in South Africa

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7 thoughts on “The Best Sustainable Hotels in South Africa”

  1. I truly love your post. Some of the hotel ideas are just little gestures and swaps that cost nothing and go a long way. More hotels should strive to make those little changes, like switching to zero plastic practices. I love the hotel that takes you on educational safaris 🙂

  2. I would love to go to South Africa one day. Cape Verde and City Lodge sound like my kinda hotels! I am trying to be more sustainable in my life and I would love the little toiletries from City Lodge.

  3. Great post. I’m always on the lookout for sustainable places to stay when I travel.

  4. I’m planning on doing a massive overland trip through Africa when we’re can travel again, so this list will come in very handy!

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