Places to stay
!Xaus Lodge (pronounced as “Kaus” or with a palatal “click” and meaning “heart” in Nama) is a community-owned lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that offers guests a full-service, experience including all meals and four-star accommodation, wilderness walks with trackers, game drives and opportunities to meet local San artists while they create their traditional crafts.
One of the first guesthouses to become Fair Trade Tourism certified, Antrim Villa in Cape Town’s Three Anchor Bay is a wonderful old Victorian house built in the late 1800s where guests enjoy a fusion of old and new while making a demonstrable difference to people’s lives through a number of innovative social projects.
Bahia Mar overlooks the beautiful Bazaruto Archipelago on the outskirts of the town of Vilanculos in Mozambique. This modern boutique family resort offers a range of accommodation from lodge-style suites with private plunge pools to self-catering units, all with stunning views of the Indian Ocean and the islands of the archipelago and offering easy access to the stunning beaches which make this part of the world so special.
Far from the madding crowd of Cape Town, yet situated in the heart of the Cape, Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse offers a great alternative to exploring this beautiful region of South Africa. Located lies in the beautiful Riebeek Valley near Wellington - a 75 minute-drive from the Mother City - Bartholomeus Klip is a lovingly restored Victorian homestead where responsible tourism takes on new meaning.
Situated on a beautiful, unspoilt beach in the heart of a traditional Xhosa village, the eco-friendly Bulungula Lodge is 100% owned by the local community of Nqileni, offering a rich, off-the-beaten-track cultural experience. With 10 traditionally styled huts positioned to take advantage of the amazing views of both the ocean and the surrounding coastal forest, Bulungula is a visual and ecological delight and the perfect destination for backpackers and discerning travellers.
Bushhouse is a small, remote eco-lodge located in the east coast Toamasina region of Madagascar, within the Canal des Pangalanes Lake District, where fresh water lakes merge with the Indian Ocean. Offering a unique blend of fresh-water and marine environments, Bushhouse is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the “Red Island”.
Camp Amoureux, meaning “Lovers camp”, is located close to the world-famous Avenue of Baobabs, 44km north of the town of Morondava in the south west of Madagascar. It is named for the lovingly entwined baobabs which are the focal point of the camp and is surrounded by rich, biodiverse habitat ranging from dry forests to mangrove swamps and lakes.
Located on the beach at this popular South African tourism hotspot, Cape St Francis Resort offers a range of accommodation packages to suit all budgets, from backpackers dorms to family cottages and self-catering apartments to beach villas.The area is perfect for hiking, golfing, sunset cruises or long walks along this unspoilt coastline – one of the most pristine and bio-diverse South Africa has to offer.
Odyssea Dive is located on one of the most lively beaches in the town of Vilanculos, Mozambique. A busy dive centre and home to Casa Babi guesthouse, Odyssea came about as a result of French owners and managers Sabrina and Denis falling in love with both Vilanculos and the pristine marine environment of the Bazaruto Archipelago marine reserve.
Coffee Shack Backpackers is located in the scenic Coffee Bay region of South Africa’s spectacularly beautiful Eastern Cape Wild Coast and is 30% owned by the local Tshezi community. It strives to create an unforgettable travel experience for visitors, enhanced by the natural surroundings and the chance to interact meaningfully with local Xhosa people.