Canvas Collective: Glamping + Fine-Dining in a Pine Forest in the Hemel-en-Aarde

Canvas Collective Spring Special

Starry skies, endless nature, fine-dining and five-star service await.

When it comes to glamping, Canvas Collective Africa has taken it up a (tent) peg or two. We’re talking ultra-luxe spacious tents (with a shower, flushing toilets, mini bar and electric blankets), a chic, view-drenched fine-dining restaurant and a sundeck with a spring-fed, rim-flow, rock pool and bar. All of this in the heart of a pine forest in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Canvas Collective Africa View

Set in a beautiful sheltered forest on the family-run Glen Oakes farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Canvas Collective Africa was founded by husband-and-wife team Dez Lundy and Samara Stern, who have combined their 20 years of experience (in luxury tented camps, event management and catering) to create a deluxe experience that really does put the glam in glamping.

Festive season special: 30% off

Canvas Collective Africa Fire

From now until 23 January 2024, Canvas Collective is offering a festive-season special: R4 865 per tent per night (30% off the usual rate). This immersive nature experience gets a sprinkling of extra holiday magic with a gourmet Christmas Eve dinner, Father Christmas visiting the children, Christmas cookie baking, and a build-your-own-Christmas-tree kit for kids with fairy lights and decorations. Not to mention breakfast in bed, three gourmet meals a day, guided walking trails, and all the star-sprinkled enchantment of this forest setting.

Cost R4 865 per tent (until 23 January 2024)
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Tailormade tents

Canvas Collective Tent

Each of Canvas Collective’s 10 bespoke tents is equipped with a king-sized bed with good linen and blankets, a heated blanket, hand-crafted furniture, a minibar and Nespresso machine, freestanding lamps, soft rugs underfoot, and luxurious ensuite bathrooms – with hot and cold running water, rain showers and flushing loos. Lounge outside your tent on cushioned loungers and take in the mountain views in perfect privacy. Or enjoy the sundeck with its own spring-fed, rim-flow rock pool and bar.

The Field Kitchen

Canvas Collective Africa Field Kitchen

Designed in glass, steel and canvas, with simply styled decor and full-blown, panoramic views of the magnificent valley, The Field Kitchen is run by chef Mechell Spann (former executive chef at Salt at Paul Cluver) whose unpretentious and utterly delicious take on fine dining is a rare treat in these parts.

Soak up the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Canvas Collective Africa Dam

By day, cool off in the farm dam or in the rim-flow rock pool, enjoy a lazy picnic lunch, go honey-collecting, learn about beer and gnocchi-making, visit neighbouring wine estates for tastings, or drive to the coast at nearby Onrus or Hermanus to spot southern right and humpback whales (during whale season).

As the sun sets, grab a seat on the mountain-hugged deck for pre-dinner sundowners that segue into a gourmet dinner paired with local wines, and a night beside the roaring fire.

The cost includes all meals, midnight snacks, all beverages apart from premium brands and the following activities:

  • fishing + paddle-boarding at the dam
  • breadmaking with the chef
  • rock-painting and cookie-baking for children
  • walking trails with a guide
  • biking trails (guests can bring their own bikes)

Cost Festive Season special: R4 865 per tent (until 23 January 2024)
Normal rate: R6 522 per tent per night (sleeps 2)
Good to know Children from 4 years are welcome by arrangement.
Where to find it Glen Oakes Farm, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Western Cape
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Time of publication: 14 December 2023