Canyon Lodge

Reviews of Canyon Lodge

Good(89%) From 66 travellers
Excellent
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 66 of our travellers who have visited Canyon Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr F and party - Portugal
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good place to visit the Fish River Canyon

We stayed in Std Rooms ("S" rooms), which were simple but clean and more then adequate to serve as a base to visit the Canyon region. Staff at the lodge main building were helpfull and friendly. Morning sunrise walk and afternoon scenic drive enjoyable.

We drove ourselves to the Canyon : fantastic scenery all the way. Pitty Ais-Ais was closed and we could not drive to the base of the Canyon.

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Mr & Mrs L from Berkshire
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A beautiful location

Canon Lodge is like an oasis in the middle of the Gondwana Reserve. We were lucky enough to have no. 13 and had spectacular views of the surrounding area and the wonderful sunsets. They are just finishing a new swimming pool in a lovely setting overlooking the plains.

The optional drive to the Canyon was worth doing. A very good guide.

The resturant and food was very good. Especially their own produce, all very fresh and well prepared.

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Mr. & Mrs R from Alford, Lincs
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Canyon Lodge review

We were really impressed with helpful, cheerful and friendly service. Surprised by the beautiful gardens in such a hostile desert climate.

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Mr B & Mrs C Flamingo
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Canyon Lodge review

Wonderful location, good standard of service.

No flights over the canyon were available at the time of our visit, which was a bit of a disappointment, but otherwise a lovely stay.

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Mr. D - Elegy
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Canyon Lodge review

very much liked the room designs. Rock Hyrax's were fun to watch.

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The Lanner Falcons from Surrey
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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It's a long way down

Because we had booked very late (having expected to be at Fish River Lodge) our rooms were almost at the end of the resort (nos 27 and 30 of 30). It was therefore a very long walk to and from the central facilities and a long haul with luggage.

The rooms were fine but not much space outside - rather cramped little pathways and no real terrace to sit out and look at the strange rock formations or watch the sunsets which were very impressive

We took the trip to the Canyon as a foursome which was OK, but rather expensive for what was on offer - the trip in an old vehicle and about an hour there, then a drive back.

Breakfasts were something of a trial as the staff did not seem to appreciate how much some people ate. Many items ran out very quickly and refilling did not seem to be a priority. As an example, the fresh fruit salad had all gone within a few minutes of service starting one morning and it took almost half an hour before a small bowl of tinned tomatoes replaced the salad! Not much good with Corn Flakes.

We took a walk around the site and found a substantial development project underway which looks as though it will significantly increase the size of the place and the numbers of people staying - we hope the central facilities are to be expanded accordingly.

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Mr and Mrs B from Teddington
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lovely hobbit-houses

Great fun. The 'hobbit house' we had amongst the granite boulders was lovely.

The food in the restaurant was good too, and the staff very helpful. The star was Fritz, the chief guide (and main mover behind the organisation of the place). His knowledge was prodigious, and he was really good company. He gave us a first rate tour of the Fish River Canyon, with an in-depth account of the geological history that I (as a professional geologist) couldn't fault.

He persuaded us it was safe to drive down to the Orange River, which turned out to be one of the best drives of the holiday, albeit the most lonely (we didn't see another person or car until we got to the road along the Orange River, and only saw 6 other vehicles in 260km).

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The Dune larks from Sheffield
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Canyon Lodge review

Wonderful location - we got the room/bungalow that was in all the postcard pictures so impressive views! Staff very pleasant and helpful and made the stay great.

Took the opportunity to be taken to the Canyon by John, one of the guides and it was great to talk to him about the geology and fauna which was very informative. Food good.

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The Bitterns from Twickenham
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Among the rocks at Canyon Lodge

Fantastic location (we had a lodge facing the desert) and very helpful staff. Good food, most of which is grown locally on the Lodge's own farm. enjoyed riding here on a rather sleepy mount and very friendly resident black cat liked our biscuits. Cold at night here in June and the open fire in the restaurant was most welcome.

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The Dassies from Cumbria
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Canyon Lodge review

Canyon Lodge is quite a large lodge and because we arrived at the same time as several other guests we felt the welcome was a little impersonal. It was quite a drive from the lodge to Fish Canyon for sunrise and sunset photographs.

As we are keen photographesr it may have been better to stay at Grande View Lodge.

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