Canyon lodge

Canyon Lodge is situated on the 520 square kilometre, privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park. It is only 20kms from the main viewpoint of Fish River Canyon and is built from natural materials, including local rock and thatch roofs. The lodge is an ideal starting point for visits to the Fish River Canyon.

The Canyon Lodge's main area lies in the shelter of a granite hilltop, and the lodge itself has been built amongst enormous boulders, designed to blend in with the natural environment. The reception, an indoor restaurant and the bar area can be found here. There is a safe in reception for the safekeeping of valuables. As the building has been constructed by using mostly local stone, the interior is cool, but lacks natural sunlight.

The farmhouse has been decorated with various farm implements, evoking memories of the pioneering farming days. Guests can relax on the shaded terrace, or laze beside the swimming pool. Gaze at the Fish River Canyon's incredible scenery whilst enjoying a sundowner on the top of the lodge's own mountain.

An old farmhouse, originally built in 1908 by three Bavarian brothers, has been restored to serve as the Canyon Lodge Restaurant. It has a magnificent view of the canyon landscape, which makes dining in the restaurant a truly unforgettable experience. Yoghurt, cheese, cold meats as well as your breakfast eggs are supplied by their own butchery, dairy and smokehouse, run by the Self-Sufficiency Centre. Light lunches can be ordered from their 'a la carte' menu and in the evening, hearty game dishes and scrumptious side dishes from the buffet are available. Their small farming business also produces fruit, vegetables and herbs, fresh from their own garden.

Spaced evenly amongst the tall weather-beaten granite boulders are 25 thatched, natural stone and wood bungalows. All units are equipped with comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and mosquito nets.

Activities include unguided morning hikes, Canyon and scenic drives and a guided sunset walk. Take in the superb scenery in this haunting, arid landscape.

This tranquil lodge is an excellent base to explore the wonders of Namibia's Fish River Canyon.

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Morning Hike (3 hours): On this 6-km-hike you will experience the very core of Gondwana Canyon Park. You are accompanied by a guide who will gladly share his knowledge about the fascinating desert landscape around the canyon.

Hiking Trails (2-4 hours): A marked trail takes you from Canyon Village up to a mountain plateau with an incredible view of the vast plains adjacent to the canyon. You pass through 'Archway Rock', hike down into the plain and make your way to Canyon Lodge.

Canyon Drive (3 hours): Especially for guests who want a break from the wheel or those on a fly-in safari. You are taken to the three major lookout points along the Fish River Canyon. The guide will tell you all about the canyon's fascinating geological history. 

Sundowner Walks: Everyone is welcome to join his short excursion. Watch the sun go down with a drink to end off the lovely day.

Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Von Well, Rieka

1 May 2015

Excellent lodge! We were fortunate to get a very private chalet and enjoyed every minute of our stay.

Gilchrist, Gesche

11 Aug 2012

Lodge and rooms were very nice. Bed and breakfast was o.k. Unfortunately there was no mobile-phone-reception.

Barber, Rachael

3 Feb 2012

We absolutely loved this location. Everyone was incredibly friendly. And the peace and tranquility was just what we needed.

Pipitone, Raffaella

12 Sep 2011

Special place were to stay, good morning walk in the bush and evening horse ride at the sundown in the canon montain property

Sweet, Jim

13 Dec 2011

Very good overall. Chalets cleverly built to include parts of the boulders. Need more loungers and umbrellas at the pool because mostly too hot in full sun.

Mitchener, Nick

9 Sep 2009

Very good, we liked our lodge but would have been less happy with some of the others closer to the main building. Ours had an excellent view and few neighbours.

Nobels, Ingrid

27 Nov 2012

Beautiful setting and friendly staff. Shame it`s quite big (30 huts)as you then lose the more individual approach - e.g. groups stay overnight there and buffet dinners

Werth, Charlotte

21 Aug 2015

personnel is caring, good service and fantastic dinners! The excursions not that great ... want to go down in the canyon but NO - next time I will go to Fish river lodge

Bescher, Klaus

4 Dec 2011

Perfect setting - although little disapponted about the selected bungalow - there is wide range with perfect views up to poor views - out location was acceptable, but...

Falvey, Angela

12 Apr 2018

I loved the chalet and the place looks beautiful. Again a unique place that has to be experienced. The let down here was the food, very average. The place looks good though.

Van Dyk,annalien

28 Oct 2013

Die lodge is voorwaar `n oase in die woestyn die grasperke tussen die huisies was `n verrassing en die perde wat daar rond wei was oulik. Die chef hier het vir my man spesiaal brood gebak.

Faure, Tony & Marietta

12 Jun 2012

Our hostess Steffi was excellent and the kitchen produced excellent fare. However we were shocked by the abrupt and brutal upbraiding of one waitress by the `head chef` for putting out the wrong glasses.

Mcdougall, Neil

28 Jul 2009

Good location and setting but the room was extremely cold. In general, most of the accomodation did not provide any sort of heating being more oriented to the warmer high season; something perhaps they need to think about

Loftus, Steve

3 Jul 2014

What a dramatic spot the girls had a separate cabin with giant boulders making up part of their bedroom and bathroom walls they loved it. Very comfortable and I`m very glad we spent 2 nights there. The food was quite good too.

Directions

Canyon Lodge is situated 20 kilometres from the main viewpoint, Hobas, of the Fish River Canyon National Park, off the C37 (previously named the D324)

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