The town of Kanoneiland, situated 12km northeast of Keimoes,  is the largest island in the Orange River and the largest inland island in South Africa. It is 14km long and 13km at it widest, covering an area of 2500 hectares.

The name originated in 1878 when it was a stronghold of the Korannas 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.

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

The Main Attractions are:

* Pleasure drives
Enjoy a leasure drive amongst the lush green of the vineyards that cover most of the 14km of the island.
* Farm style meals
The weary traveller can feast on a spit-roast, home-baked breads and several traditional deserts..
* Wines
The Orange River Valley is famours for its locally produced wines.

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African Vineyard Guesthouse is nestled in a lush landscape of vineyards at Kanoneiland, 25km from Upington. It 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. 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.

This AA Highly Recommended graded guest house’s accommodation ranges from standard rooms to luxury suites overlooking the beautiful garden. We understand that one of the key ingredients of a magical stay is a good night’s sleep – we offer that in our spacious, elegant vine-named rooms with cotton percale linen.  Enjoy delicious home cooked meals and hearty breakfasts indoors or next to the swimming pool.

Escape to the island of slow living and experience country hospitality and friendly, personal service that will make you’re stay a memorable experience.

African Vineyard Guesthouse is on route N14, 35 km from Upington and 10km from Keimoes. A mere 30min drive will take you to Upington, 2½ hours to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and one hour to Augrabies Falls National Park.

How to get there

Take the Kanoneiland turn-off on route N-14 from Upington and travel for 3km,  turn right  into the little town. Travel down the main street, just before the end of the tar road, turn right onto a dirt road for 500m. African Vineyard is the first establishment on your right.

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African Vineyard Guest House, Kanoneiland