Where to Stay in Kwazulu Natal – Eco-friendly Travel

Wondering where to stay in Kwazulu Natal? Here is our list of hot picks for comfortable eco-friendly accommodation with nature views, relaxation and adventure in the Kwazulu Natal vistas.

Three Tree Hill Lodge

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains overlooking the Mfazimnyama Valley in the Spioenkop Game Reserve, Three Tree Hill Lodge is a certified Fair Trade lodge that holds sustainability close to its heart. 

The lodge believes in supporting local and uplifting the community and so all the staff are employed from the local village, Hambrook.  Support the local creatives at the lodge shop and purchase a few of their beautiful designs.  Relax in luxury suites and family cottages, enjoy the warm hospitality and dine on delicious home cooked farm-style meals.  Head out on guided nature hikes, mountain bike trails, horseback rides.  Enjoy the tranquility of yoga on the deck, a private library and beautiful sundowners decks.  

Satori Getaway

With stunning views of the Inhlosane Mountain and expansive vistas, Satori offers guests the chance to relax and unwind in stillness. Satori caters for families as well as couples looking for a romantic getaway. 

Enjoy peaceful nature walks, get adventurous on the mountain bike trails and head out on waterfall picnics.  Accommodation at Satori is fully solar powered and off grid, as well as being pet friendly making it the perfect place to stay for the nature lover! 

Antbear Eco Lodge

Antbear Eco Lodge offers a very unique accommodation experience with its luxury cave suite built under a rock shelf.  With uninterrupted 360 views of the Drakensberg mountains, glass doors that open onto a stunning deck with hammock chairs, an indoor jacuzzi, and hand sculpted furniture this is perfect for romantic getaways, honeymoons and wedding anniversaries, offering the ultimate private retreat experience. 

Antbear Eco Lodge also caters for families or groups of friends looking for a place to unwind and de-stress with its mountain and private garden suites.  The suites still offer the ultimate eco-luxury for guests, with jacuzzis, panoramic views and eco-styled bathrooms. 

The lodge prepares scrumptious home cooked meals and also provides a private candlelit dining experience.  If that hasn’t tempted you to make your booking already then these awesome on site activities will!  Imagine Drakensberg horseback riding trails, hot air ballooning, micro flights, hiking trails, woodworking workshops, an animal farm and so much more!

Sani Lodge Backpackers

A 4-star backpackers, Sani Lodge, offers cosy rooms as well as four self catering cottages.  Sani Lodge is dedicated to the conservation of the natural habitat as well as upliftment of communities.  Just one night at Sani Lodge will give back to people and the planet! 

Head out on a variety of adventures from abseiling, horse riding, and hiking trails to trail running, rock art tours and mountain biking.  A stay at Sani Lodge will be one you won’t forget!

Bramleigh Manor

A luxury eco conscious farm stay, Bramleigh Manor, self catering cottages and suites.  Nestled between the mountains and forest the manor supports Sustainable Tourism and offers guests tranquil and rejuvenating stay.  Run off solar power but not skimping on comfort guests can enjoy free WIFI, warm hospitality, and farm fresh milk! 

With abundant bird life, hiking trails, cycling paths, picnic and braai spots, and the forever entertaining farm chickens, Bramleigh Manor is the perfect place to stay for families, photographers, birders, nature lovers and those looking for a quiet retreat.

Fugitives’ Drift Lodge & Guesthouse

Wanting a cultural experience?  Fugitives’ Drift Lodge is your place to stay!  5 star accommodation, world renown battlefield tours and superb hospitality the Drift Lodge is the experience of  a lifetime. 

Stay in one of the deluxe lodge or guest house rooms or choose from the Umzinyathi Farmhouse or Kwa-George cottage for your luxury stay.  The lodge hosts several cultural tours of the Anglo-Zulu battlefields with the guidance of experienced lecturers who will answer your every question.  Also enjoy nature walks, trail runs, mountain biking and birding – Fugitives’ Drift Lodge offers something for everyone!


A mountain hideaway and private nature reserve, Ikhayalamafu, offers private self catering cabins on its Eco-Estate.  Cabins open onto private decks where one can enjoy the abundance of nature and the sounds of chittering birds. 

The estate runs off solar and hydro power and completely off the grid.  Without fences or boundaries, wildlife is free to roam and range the estate which bursts with a diversity of plant life.  Enjoy home grown vegetables and natural honey, harvested with care on the farm!  Head out and enjoy the absolute beauty of nature with a variety of hiking and birding trails.  Ikayalamafu is the ideal place to stay for those looking to detach and unwind from the buzz of city life.

Sungubala Eco Camp

Set on a secluded mountain farm, Sungubala Eco Camp, is a self catering camp ideal for a nature lover’s getaway.  The self catering units are solar and wind powered, and guests can choose from private chalets and bungalows to rondavels, ensuites and rustic huts with communal kitchens. 

The camp offers a swimming pool for hot summer dips, a boma, as well as plenty of activities for those wanting to get adventurous.  Choose from guided walks, mountain bike trails, horseback riding, or get that adrenaline rush with the treetop cable tours offered by The Adventure Centre, nearby the camp.

Kosi Forest Lodge

Situated in the pristine iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Kosi Forest Lodge, has used nature as its guide when creating the stunning lodge and its facilities.  The tent-style thatched forest rooms nestle under ancient Milkwood trees.  Private decks look out over the forest and the luxurious bathrooms open up to the starry night sky, with large bathtubs and open air showers set under the trees. 

Explore the magnificent raffia palm forest and spot the rare wildlife that call this place home.  Head out on boat excursions or 4×4 routes, witness turtles during breeding season, be mesmerised by the abundant bird life and immerse yourself in the absolute beauty that is Kosi Forest Lodge!

Mackaya Bella Guesthouse

Located in Glenwood, a quirky Durban suburb, Mackaya Bella is a 4-star eco friendly guesthouse offering colourful rooms as well as self catering units.  A quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle, Mackaya Bella is surrounded by pristine indigenious gardens that ease the stress from your soul. 

Enjoy the warm hospitality, vibrant Durban culture and the variety of activities to find in the area!

Bluff Eco Park

A caravan park also offering dorms and accommodation, Bluff Eco Park, is the perfect place to stay for those looking for relaxed accommodation in the beauty of nature.  Chill by the pool, enjoy the sounds of nature, relax at the on site spa, or head out into Durban to experience the multitude of activities, from beaches, cinemas, museums and more!

Mountain Splendour Eco Resort

A family run resort situated on a beautiful farm, Mountain Splendour Eco Resort, is ideal for families looking for a holiday away from the usual routines of life.  The resort offers everything from glamping, camping to self catering, so there’s something for everyone! 

With fresh mountain air all around, one can relax and enjoy the abundance of experiences the resort has to offer.  Walking and mountain biking trails, an animal farm, kiddies’ play area, volleyball and tennis courts, a pool and so much more – Mountain Splendour Eco Resort will make you feel at home right away!

It’s time to make those bookings, get packing and hit the road for some fabulous adventures!  Share your travels with us on Facebook, we’d love to see where your journey takes you!  #GreenTravel 

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