Category Archives: Eco Atlas On The Road

The Greyton Transition Town Project 1

 New knowledge and ability through tummies and trash The concept of community participation is one that enjoys much support in theory and far less in reality. Apart from awe at power and celebrity, online petitions and taxes, I mean. At some point, one realises that society, an apartheid legacy and the economy are just not […]


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5 (green) reasons to stay at Fynbos Ridge, Plett

For every star on their five star rating, the folks at Fynbos Ridge have also made an effort to give you a first class, eco-conscious experience. It’s so seamlessly integrated; you may not notice it against the luxury finishes, fine gardens and delicious fare, so here are 5 reasons for the eco warrior to stay […]

Living life naturally in rural Bereaville 2

 Live like a local on the gentle slopes of a colourful community   What does Bereaville look like? I arrived at night, so I had no idea at first. Horses at the bus stop. Pedestrians navigating by moonlight. By light of day few of the pale Greytonians I met even knew what I was talking […]



Class and comfort in an eco-strong stone cottage

Effort and elegance make a more sustainable holiday stay in Plettenberg Bay When I decorate my home, I’ll base it on Stone Cottage’s “eclectic elegance”.  Colourful but never cluttered, rustic but never rusty, its balance of antique and contemporary makes it a self-catered space that has everything you need – including hot water bottles. Place […]

A new view at Buccaneers

It takes hard work and vision to build a world that works Getting lost in Cintsa is as easy as pronouncing its name is not – “Tsk”-IN-t-SAH. Along the way, you’ll see marvellous aberrations, I mean adaptations of the word on road signs advertising everything from trees to beer. Very entertaining.  Maybe that’s why I […]



Taking Time out in Treehaven, PLETT

The secret of the Garden Route is its surprises. Hanois Crescent winds up the side of a Plett hill that appears fairly ordinary and urban. Getting out at number 45 is a point of departure as well as arrival. You know that wands are made from trees, right? Maybe that explains the magic … Winding […]

Sabi Sabi – a sophisticated and sustainable luxury destination

Most people associate the name Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve with the best of safari luxury that South Africa has to offer. A continuous presence on the Top Hotels of the World lists as well as a steady stream of celebrity guests solidifies this perception. Add to this some of the best game viewing in […]

Sabi Sabi Community Tour


Homegrown at the Vineyard

The Vineyard Hotel & Spa, set on the shady eastern slopes of Table Mountain, extends from an original Georgian homestead across eight lush hectares of indigenous riverside parkland. This is an oasis of luxury and tranquility, but behind the scenes there is a flurry of activity aimed at ensuring that this 207-roomed hotel and busy […]

Uthando – sharing the love

Uthando, meaning love in Xhosa, was founded with the aim to raise funds for community development projects in South Africa. It supports a mindboggling array of projects: urban agriculture; animal welfare; youth development through the medium of art, dance, choir singing, classical music, drumming or sport; special needs education; assistance to refugees; the environment; economic […]



Simply Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism is simple: it is having a great time on holiday while at the same time making a positive contribution to the people, places and communities that make it happen. Sure, there are a whole lot of economic, social and environmental issues to take into consideration when deciding whether it is a legitimately sustainable […]