Off-the-Grid Getaways where Load Shedding isn’t a Thing


As we say good bye to the big year that was 2022, many of us are longing to get away and unwind and welcome in the bright New Year! Whether you’re looking for a riverside lodge to watch the world go by, or a farmhouse in the mountains to escape with your family, here are some of the best remote Airbnb’s for an off-the-grid getaway in South Africa (that can also help you avoid the current load shedding crisis!).

Time to pack your bags, turn your phones off and add a bit of the great unknown to your trip away these holidays!

Felicita Country Lodge

The Italian translation of the name of this lodge says it all: ‘happiness, satisfaction and bliss’, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience here. The surrounding fynbos is a particular treat, and the sunrises are worth waking at the crack of dawn for. Felicita is a self-sustaining eco-friendly operation, and is fully reliant on gas and solar power. It’s in Stanford, not far from Hermanus in the Western Cape.

Poortjies at Suidster


Privacy, peace, quiet and blue skies as far as you can see is the order of the day at this cottage – situated along the famous R62 route between Montagu and Barrydale in the Western Cape. While 100% off-the-grid, the space boasts all the modern amenities you need for a memorable stay. Experiencing the night sky from the vantage point of a wood-fired hot tub is a must when you’re here. 

Kingfisher Cottage, Tugela River Lodge

Tugela River Lodge

If your idea of slowing down and connecting with nature is observing giraffes from your kitchen window, then you’ll be right at home in this cosy 4-sleeper. Located on the bank of the Tugela River and with spectacular views of the Spioenkop Mountain, this off-the-grid getaway is equally suitable for a night, a weekend, or even better, why not stay for a week? The cottage was built with sustainable materials sourced in the area, including a derelict farm shed, and is 100% solar-powered. In Winterton, KwaZulu Natal.

Eco Karoo Lodge

Eco Karoo Lodge

Calling all mountain bikers, hikers, bird watchers, star gazers and nature photographers. This lodge, at the foot of the majestic Joostenberg mountains, is the ideal base from which to enjoy your outdoor hobbies. Uniquely beautiful in its simplicity, the lodge is situated in the middle of a working farm, though you’re guaranteed silence and privacy. Everything inside runs on solar power and the water is freshly pumped from an aquifer. What’s more, it’s one of only a few places in the area with a pool for those hot Free State summer days.

There are many off-the-grid homes listed on Airbnb – find the one that best meets your needs. Or if you’re after an off-the-grid stay elsewhere in the world, check out Airbnb Categories

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