Recent years have made our hospitality industry mindful of just how fragile tourism can be. After lockdown forced her business to close, one entrepreneur has bounced back ingeniously.

Located on a beautiful peak of the Boschendal wine estate, lies Camp Canoe. The camp consists of seven luxury tents, each fully equipped to take its campers on an experience of the outdoors like nothing they have ever seen before. 

“The Idea of Camp Canoe was born as we came out to stay on Boschendal farm during Covid. We loved the experience so much we decided that we needed to create a space for people to enjoy here,” explains Amy Kropman, Owner of Camp Canoe.

Each tent is fully secluded, with all the amenities you’ll need, ensuring that you are part of the natural surroundings, without encroaching on it. At Camp Canoe, guests are able to connect with the great outdoors, from the comfort of their comfortable accommodation. 

The couple believe that wine farms like the one their camp sits on, should be more accessible to our local travellers. Wanting an off-beat, visual style like film director Wes Anderson has created in films, the camp aesthetic was inspired by one of his films – Moonrise Kingdom

“There is no secret what we were going for, we are stepping into Wes Anderson’s movie set/playground/backyard and we’ve tried to bring that through in the design detail and felt that we have created a quirky and luxurious experience at one.”

The couple found their ideal designers in Megan Bond and Rotem Shachar of MR., whose work is as story driven as that of any feature film set designer. The meticulous styling is never at the expense of simple pleasures. A case in point – each tent boasts a deck with its own wood fired hot tub.

For all the worlds which Mr. Anderson creates in his movies, he never had the wild drama of The Simonsberg mountains and bush as a setting. Growing up in a small town in North West, Amy’s family always brought people into their home and she continues their legacy.

“House Canoe is our hub tent, it is at the heart of Camp Canoe, we use it for coming together,” she explains, “we also use it for different events.” We joined them for the launch of their dinner club. Preparing the three-course menu over a campfire was a challenge which creative Chef Johnny Hamman rose to, with a smile.

It was a full house as bookings were snapped up by locals keen to put their winter hibernation firmly behind them. With every convention, down to meat on the braai, Chef Johnny dared to be different – while musical duo The Romantix played on.

Amy and Tal have seen their business reborn through a focus on local tourism, and everybody is winning, in the deal.

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