About African Vineyard Guesthouse
African Vineyard Guesthouse is nestled in a lush landscape of vineyards at Kanoneiland. African Vineyard Guesthouse mixes its magical ingredients to create a unique and unforgettable country-side fairytale.
The ambience created by the owners, offers rest and tranquility in luxury romantic accommodation. Six unique, extremely comfortable and elegant rooms overlook the beautiful garden. Explore our vineyards, stroll along the Orange River or just relax in the swimming pool. Various species of bird will keep you company while you revitalize your soul and mind in the exquisite garden.
We understand that one of the key ingredients of a magical stay is a good night’s sleep – African Vineyard Guesthouse offers that in their spacious vine-named rooms with cotton percale linen and beautiful views of the vineyards. Accommodation ranges from standard rooms to luxury suites. Enjoy delicious home cooked meals and hearty breakfasts indoors or next to the swimming pool.
African Vineyard Guesthouse is on route N14, 35 km from Upington and 10km from Keimoes. A mere 30 minute drive will take you to Upington, 2½ hours to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and one hour to Augrabies Falls National Park.
Experience country hospitality and friendly, personal service that will make you’re stay a memorable experience. Escape to the island of slow living ... at a working raisin farm.
More about Kanoneiland
Kanoneiland is the largest island in the Orange River and the largest inhabited island in South Africa with a length of 14km and 3km at it widest, covering an area of 2553 hectares.
It’s name originated in 1878 when it was a stronghold of the Koranna tribe led by Klaas Pofadder. During the second northern frontier war, the Korannas were driven back to Kanoneiland and was bombarded by the Cape Artillery Corps with cannon fire. The story goes that Klaas Pofadder, not to be outdone, fashioned a homemade cannon out of the trunk of a large quiver tree, loaded it with gunpowder and pieces of stones and scrap and fired it across the stream. When the smoke cleared, 6 of the Korannas were killed by their own gun. The cannon used by the Cape Field Artillery can still be seen in front of the old school building.
In 1928 a group of 52 private settlers began to clear Kanoneiland for cultivation. The settlers originally used a raft to cross the stream to the mainland. Later the raft was replaced by a boat and still later by a regular ferry service. In 1940 a bridge was build over the southern stream and another over the northern stream in 1954. The old boat has been mounted on pillars in the local school grounds. Today 1374 hectares of land is intensively cultivated, with virtually every inch of soil under irrigation.