Hoedspruit, Limpopo is home to a unique boutique hotel – a converted aeroplane, which contains several bedrooms. This week, the Aerotel project added another craft to its fleet – a massive Boeing 727 – that will serve as a “VIP” suite at the estate.
The 727 was transported from OR Tambo International Airport to Hoedspruit and fascinated dozens of passersby on its journey, which lasted five days from Monday, 7 June.
‘THE AEROTEL VIP AIRPLANE IS HOME’
On Friday, 11 June, when the Aerotel VIP plane finally reached its destination at the Zandspruit Bush and Aero Estate in Hoedspruit, the Limpopo Department of Transport issued a jubilant statement and urged the public to visit the province.
“As part of the trip to Hoedspruit, the airplane made stops in Polokwane, Mokopane, Marble Hall, Modjadjiskloof and most recently Gravelotte,” said the Department.
Myra Kotze, the assistant manager of Aerotel Hoedspruit, said the Boeing 727 will be converted into a VIP suite. “The first one was turned into six rooms, however, this plane will be turned into our VIP suite,” she explained to the Polokwane Review.
“Visitors will have an opportunity to rent out the whole plane,” added Kotze.
The transportation of the first aerotel plane took nine days, according to its website. “The dream became a reality,” in March 2019. It was a long process and owners, Martin and Tracy den Dunnen, took four months just to prepare for the safe transportation of the aircraft to Hoedspruit.
Once the plane arrived, they set about converting the plane, even though they had no previous experience to help them with this unique project. “But with the assistance and expertise of local and regional professionals, Aerotel stands today as a testimony of what willpower and passion can achieve, when coupled with a great team of like-minded individuals.”
Tracy told the Polokwane Review that the Boeing 727 is already equipped as a VIP experience and will have 18 beds inside.
Aerotel asked the public to send through videos and images of the plane on its way to Hoedspruit and they obliged. The hotel’s social media pages were awash with visuals of the massive aircraft on the road.