Reviews of Canyon Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
96 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Canyon Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Amazing Lodge "
We did the short sunset walk on our first evening, where we enjoyed the spectacular scenery, and watched several Oryx in and around the Lodge. This was followed by a delicious meal.
The next morning we did the sunrise walk before breakfast, and then we drove ourselves to the Fish River Canyon.
We came back to the lodge for our afternoon game drive activity and sundowner drinks, before another great dinner. We particularly enjoyed this drive.
Jackson was our guide for all our our activities (just us and Jackson - no other guests), and he was great fun and very knowledgeable.
Just a note on wildlife - we were told that there were no giraffe or black rhino in the area as it was too dry. we also saw a black backed jackal catch a hare on the walk back to our room, which was really cool." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia; 6n in South Africa
"Canyon Lodge review"
The numbers attending meant that food was cold if arriving after a coach load" See all these reviews: 20n in Namibia; 5n in South Africa
"A Hansel and Gretel type setting"
We enjoyed the buffet meals which offered a wide choice of foods which included both vegetables and salads. We also enjoyed the sightseeing trip to Fish River Canyon. Even though we were very excited about seeing our first african animals albeit in the distance, we would have like to have been offered the opportunity to do a walk instead of the sundowner experience which was situated on the site of a disused tank stand. They do have quite a unique spot at the pool which would make a fabulous spot to watch the sun go down,
Even though our welcome was somewhat frosty (perhaps the poor desk person had already been exposed to the very rude tourist we later witnessed berating the desk staff), on the remainder of our visit the staff were warm and friendly.
We were informed about the times for dinner and breakfast but did have to enquire about whether we were able to have lunch which was around the time of our arrival. We were then directed to the dining table." See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia; 4n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia; 1n in South Africa
"Oasis in the dry Fish River Canyon area"
"Canyon Lodge review"
Brilliant place to stay. Perfect." See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia; 6n in South Africa
"Canyon Lodge could be so much better"
The welcome was OK but there was a lack of information offered to us about activities and even how to get to the Canyon. In fact the Canyon wasn't mentioned when we arrived - odd since we assume that's why most people stay there. We had to ask for directions and even then weren't told about the various lookouts. We only found them because of our guide book. A map or leaflet would have been very helpful.The staff were quite helpful but in a reactive way when they could have been more proactive.
There were other activities available (we only knew this because we happened to see a notice on the reception counter) but they were never mentioned to us.
We found it odd that they didn't offer half board bearing in mind there was nowhere else to eat for miles in the evening . Having said that dinner was reasonably priced, but uninspiring. The second night we had a BBQ which had some strange choices of dish.
The grounds were nice. The swimming pool was fabulously located, with wonderful views across the desert but you don't really go to a camp like this to sit by the pool. Sundowners were offered from the top of some rocks with a lovely view.
This place was OK but not a patch on Kulala or Mowani - for example there were no sofas or comfy seats. Wifi was only available near reception and there were only upright chairs to sit on around a kitchen table." See all these reviews: 18n in Namibia; 5n in South Africa
"Canyon Lodge review"
It is a long drive south to get here but well worth it for a peaceful uncrowded visit to this beautiful awe-inspiring canyon." See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia
Excellent facilities in a beautiful setting. Enjoyed the wildlife roaming free in the grounds.
Food options were good, well presented by friendly staff." See all these reviews: 18n in Namibia
"Reasonably close to the Canyon"
We drove ourselves to the Canyon. The only 'trip' they offered was only to 2 viewpoints which we could get easily to on our own with 2WD. We wondered why 4WD trips to viewpoints we couldn't get to were not on offer.
The view of the canyon were sensational & seemed to be different at each viewpoint - we happily spent the whole day there !
However, that is all there is to do - 2 nights quite sufficient.
Gardens at the front of the main building were nice & yielded many birds." See all these reviews: 23n in Namibia
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