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The idea originated from a dream to stay in glass igoos in Norway under the Northern lights. Being an entrepreneur and in the hospitality game - We acted on the idea and took the big jump to create the first ever polycarbonate transparent Dome. Wanting to create a unique, stargazing accommodation, it would take a lot of work & dedication for our dream to become a reality. We had to find the perfect location to match the beautiful domes. Tstsikamma had it all and we went ahead with our first dome in 2021. During covid, we have had 90% occupancy since opening. 2 years later, we built The Pyramid and The Cube which have all been a massive success with a waiting list of 2-3 months. End of 2022, we built our 4th dome with 3 pods at Thunzi Bush Lodge - consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. This is in a class of it own in a tranquil setting. Our third location we knew we had to top our 2 beautiful locations in a even more unique setting, Franschhoek was our next stop. We have started on our two unique units out of the 6.

Instagram has been an integral part of our marketing strategy, with the top travel influencers creating amazing content for our followers. Once Upon a Dome is the perfect accommodation offering to have on your property attracting your higher end cliente with rates starting at R4000-R6000 per couple. Our unique accommodation is a hit for proposals, special celebrations, wedding anniversaries and couples just wanting to experience a once in a lifetime experience. 

Have the perfect location for unique accommodation? 

Talk to us about franchising Once Upon a Dome 

Whats required?

- Own a beautiful piece of land

- Already running accommodation on the site with a reception  

Franchise options start at R1.5 million which includes the full setup of a Dome or one of our unique stargazing options on your property. 

Let’s Work Together and create something special 

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