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If you are planning on spending a long weekend at a riverside lodge or mountain farmhouse, we have discovered a few remote Airbnbs for off-the-grid getaways that won’t be affected by load shedding.

Time to pack your bags, turn your phones off and add a bit of the great unknown to your trip away these holidays.


Tugela River Lodge: Kingfisher Cottage

Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal


You will be right at home in this cosy four-sleeper if your idea of a slowing down involves connecting with nature. Located on the bank of the Tugela River and with spectacular views of the Spioenkop Mountain, this off-the-grid getaway is ideal for an overnight or longer stay. The cottage is built with sustainable materials sourced in the area, including a derelict farm shed. Furthermore, it is 100% solar-powered.


Mountain Lodge on a working farm 

Luckof, Free State


Calling all mountain bikers, hikers, bird watchers, stargazers and nature photographers. This lodge at the foot of the majestic Joostenberg mountains is the ideal base from which to enjoy your outdoor hobbies. It is situated in the middle of a working farm. Solar power runs the home and an aquifer provides fresh water. It is also one of only a few places in the area with a pool for those hot Free State summer days.


Poortjies at Suidster

Montagu, Western Cape


Privacy, peace, quiet and blue skies as far as you can see.  This cottage is situated along the famous R62 route between Montagu and Barrydale. The space boasts all the modern amenities you need for a memorable stay and it is 100% off-grid. You can experience the night sky from the vantage point of a wood-fired hot tub.


Felicita Country Lodge

Stanford, Western Cape


The Italian translation of the name of this lodge says it all – ‘happiness, satisfaction and bliss’. – that’s exactly what you’ll experience here. The surrounding fynbos are a particular treat, and the sunrises are worth waking at the crack of dawn for.  Felicita is a self-sustaining eco-friendly operation and is fully reliant on gas and solar power.


There are many more off-the-grid homes listed on Airbnb – find the one that best meets your needs. Or if you’re after an off the grid stay elsewhere in the world, check out Airbnb Categories.

Also, consider the charm of camping as an off-the-grid getaway. Read more here