Looking for accommodation in tune with the breathtaking surrounds? CapeNature has unveiled a new eco lodge at Gamkaberg and the expansion of eco cabins at Kogelberg. By Arnold Ras

Xami Eco Lodge at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve in the Little Karoo has just opened its doors. Complementing the reserve’s existing three eco lodges, Xami was specifically designed to minimise the development footprint to one confined space on a wooden deck, says Dr Razeena Omar, CapeNature’s CEO. “Catering for couples and promoting wheelchair access, the lodge offers amazing views of the valley and the distant Swartberg Mountains. Gamkaberg offers a sense of place combined with the amazing Karoo stars, San heritage and tranquillity.”

Xami Eco Lodge

  • Sleeps two with bedding and towels provided
  • Wheelchair-friendly
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, kettle, gas hob and solar fridge
  • Bathroom with gas-heated shower, flush toilet and basin
  • Outside braai with grid
  • Eco splash pool on veranda

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Expansion at Kogelberg

Phase two of the Oudebosch Eco Cabins development at Kogelberg Nature Reserve kicked off in July this year. Three six-sleeper units, five two-sleeper units and an additional eco pool will be built. Just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Kogelberg is considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

“It was always envisaged that we would cater for a broad spectrum of clients including couples and large families. Oudebosch Eco Cabins are currently running at an 89% occupancy rate and are often booked a year in advance, which is a clear indication that the demand for the facilities far exceeds what we can supply at the moment,” explains Omar.

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Committed to green building

According to Omar, green building technology and universal access are golden threads in CapeNature’s design and planning methodology. “Even older facilities that were built many years ago are being retrofitted to reduce our carbon footprint. Some of these sustainable solutions and technologies include eco pools, waterless toilets, planted roofs that naturally regulate cabin temperatures, gas stoves, gas and solar geysers, gas and solar refrigerators, LED lights, rain water and grey water harvesting, and even atmospheric water generation.”

A stay at one of CapeNature’s eco lodgings is bound to be good for your soul – and the planet. Book online, contact CapeNature Central Reservations on +27 (0)21 483 0190, or send an email to [email protected].

Pictures and artist renderings courtesy of CapeNature