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Owners Elmarie and Theuns de Bruin have poured their hearts and souls into restoring the old buildings on the farm in Kanoneiland, transforming African Vineyard Boutique Hotel & Spa into a tranquil home-away-from-home to offer a luxurious guest experience.

Elmarie, a tourism specialist, has an attentive touch and flair that can be seen in everything from the fine linen to the delicious cuisine and warm hospitality that characterises this 4-star Boutique Hotel & Spa Accommodation in Upington and Kanoneiland area.

All the wooden furniture has been handcrafted by Theuns, a former Kalahari farmer, adding an extra touch of elegance and charm to the luxury accommodation in Upington.

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About Kanoneiland

Kanoneiland, also known as Cannon Island, is the largest island in the Orange River and the largest inhabited island in South Africa. Covering an area of 2 553 hectares, the island is blessed with fertile alluvial soil and ready waters of the river, making it an ideal place for cultivating sultana grapes, lucerne, pecan nuts, and even cotton.

The island has a rich history as a stronghold of the nomadic Koranna tribe, led by Klaas Pofadder. From 1868 many skirmishes took place, coming to a head in 1879. In 1928, settlers started clearing the land for farming, relying on a raft to cross the stream to the mainland.

Today, Kanoneiland is connected to both sides of the river by two sturdy bridges, making it easily accessible. The fertile land, covering 1 374 hectares, is intensely cultivated with virtually every available inch of soil under irrigation.

African Vineyard has a positive impact on the local community by providing employment opportunities, supporting local suppliers, and contributing to the local economy. The boutique hotel, venue, restaurant, and spa offer training and skill development for underprivileged individuals, providing them with the opportunity to gain valuable experience and improve their job prospects.

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Things To Do

Whether you’re a nature lover, wine connoisseur, spa enthusiast, or outdoor adventurer, you’ll find something to do in the Green Kalahari.

African Vineyard Boutique Hotel & Spa

Luxury accommodation, excellent food, a food and wine pairing, birding, spa treatments, art exhibitions, Kalahari and DiVine products, picnics, and other outdoor experiences make this 4-star Boutique Hotel & Spa a must-stay stopover.

Augrabies Falls national park

Augrabies is home to South Africa’s largest waterfall, which drops an incredible 56 m into an 18 km gorge on the Orange River.

Best viewed at the end of the summer rainy season (March/April), the area also boasts dramatic desert scenery at Moon Rock and incredible views of the river gorge.

Farm Stalls

Visit the charming farm stalls on the Quiver Tree Route — on the N14 and R359 — for the best local goods.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi is one of the largest conservation areas in Africa and any wildlife photographer’s dream.

Here, lions still roam free while the distinctive red dunes and sweeping grasslands provide the perfect backdrop for the majestic oryx.

Riemvasmaak

A trek to this remote settlement on the northern bank of the Orange River near Augrabies is well worth the journey.

You’ll be rewarded with a surreal lunar landscape, inviting hot spring, and a chance to meet the remarkable Riemvasmaak community, who has endured despite their harsh conditions.

Upington

Before heading to the Kgalagadi, stock up on supplies in Upington. This large, modern town has all the big-city conveniences like an airport, supermarkets, banks, hospitals, and restaurants.

Keimoes

The small river town of Keimoes is the closest settlement to Kanoneiland. Look out for the historic paddle water wheel that was used to irrigate the vineyards and fruit trees alongside the river.

Head up Tierberg for a panoramic view of the Green Kalahari, where the flowing river lies on one side and the vast desert stretches across the other.

Kokerboom Food & Wine Route

This tourism route showcases the best attractions along the river.

Discover a wide range of adventure activities, delicious dining options, and breathtaking sights.

Photograph Quiver Trees

Grab your camera and capture the stunning contrast of the quiver trees against the rocky landscape of this area.

These majestic aloes, locally known as kokerbome, have hollow branches that were once used by bushmen to store their arrows.

Head to the R359 between Keimoes and Kakamas for the best shots.

Wine Tasting

Surrounded by sprawling vineyards, it’s no surprise that this region offers a tantalising variety of wines to savour.

Visit the Orange River Wine Cellar, Die Mas Wine Cellar, and the Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate for the best of the Kalahari. Or stay in and enjoy a food and wine pairing at African Vineyard!

Fun on the river

With the mighty Orange River as their playground, Khamkiri in Augrabies offers a range of activities from river rafting through to flyfishing.

A half-day “river rush” along a 9 km stretch of river above Augrabies is a great way to experience grade 2 and 3 rapids and the surrounding countryside.

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Kalahari Hospitality At Its Best

Come and experience the gentle pace of the slow living culture and Kalahari hospitality, where you can unwind and rejuvenate with one of our tranquil spa treatments and make yourself at home in one of our 14 luxurious en-suite rooms.

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