South Africa Considers Launching its Very First Car-free Eco Village

The wheels are in motion for South Africa to upgrade a luxury eco-friendly residential estate near Somerset West. Known as the “greenest village in South Africa,” Blue Rock Village might become the greenest village on the African continent if all goes according to the plans of Founder and Director, Lukas Reichmuth.

While some have speculated that the term “car-free” is a bit of a stretch, Lukas has confirmed that his vision is for all parking to be underground in an attempt to maximise green living. By doing so, the developers hope to “pioneer a car-free lifestyle” in South Africa thus setting a precedent for future (up-market) developments in the country. Lukas says that the project will be “market-driven, focusing on both the international market and the South African market.”

In addition, the estate will make use of LED lighting, water-management systems, solar water-heating systems and environmentally friendly building materials.

“By removing vehicles, we are creating a safe, child-friendly and interactive village lifestyle for residents to enjoy,” Lukas comments. The final aim is to enable energy-efficient living for South Africans who are able to afford a Blue Rock property which sells for nothing shy of R3.4 million.

We’ll be waiting to see how these plans manifest in the near future. Until then, keep your eye on the website: