cape town tour

Affordable eco-chic, South African style.

Affordable eco-chic, South African style.

A new accommodation offering came across our path today: from its name, you might think this was some kind of hippy relic from the 1970s, whereas in fact Purple Haze Eco Lodge is an avant-garde, and highly affordable, accommodation choice.

Surrounded by beautiful wild land (protected Amathole coastal forest) during the day there is almost total silence other than birdsong and the crashing of waves – while the nights are dark, except for the moon and stars. The views of the Indian Ocean from this hillside are magnificent, as is sunset and sunrise, with early mornings accompanied by the smell of wet earth and crisp, fresh air. This is the start of the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The rooms (of which there are only five) have all been built as sustainably as possible for the context: there’s a grey water system, low energy appliances and all the rooms are orientated to take advantage of natural airflow so air con isn’t needed. Eco-friendly paint has been used on the colourful walls and furniture, and the lodge has been built from recyclable materials (steel and timber).   Decor is clean and modern, and the rooms feel spacious and light, with a floor-to-ceiling window and a sea-view balcony. Each also has a kitchenette.

Owners Inge Dryer Le Roux and Louf Coetser live on the property (on the second floor) with their ‘girls’, two labradors – Kili and Mojo.  Above them is the communal space, The Green Deck, which is a rooftop garden.  From here there are 360 degree views, perfect for your morning yoga or coffee or just taking in the sunsets.

Rates start at R780 per suite per night (roughly US$50).  More on their site at

Living on the edge - ethically!
Limpopo and the Mapungubwe Rhinoceros

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We’re an ethical private travel planning company focused on Southern Africa.

We offer ready-made and also customised holidays and journeys across this unique region of the world.

When our clients travel with us, they are assured that their travel spend is directly supporting local African companies that offer sustainable products and services, both in terms of people and planet.


Our logo is an image of a skull found in the Rising Star Cave System in Gauteng, South Africa in 2013. It was named ‘homo naledi’, meaning ‘human of the stars’.

The cave system has so far given rise to the remains of over 15 individuals, making it the largest hominid fossil remains site ever discovered.

Travelling to Southern Africa is truly a return to the source of humankind, to Where It All Began.

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