Reviews of Canyon Lodge
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Good base for visiting the Canbyon area
Nice place to stay close to the canyon. Quite a large facility with nice individual rooms amongst the boulders. Food was good albeit in quite a large restaurant. Fun to see a number of animals inthe grounds including Rock Hyrax and Oryx and able to watch animals on hte plain early in the day.
Only a fairly short drive (20 mins) to the Canyon. A later start is worthwhile as the sun only lights into the Canyon later in the orning whilst dust in the air affects tha fternoon views. Drove down the 4x4 track along the canyon to get some better views that are worthwhile versus the main viewpoint, though you do need a 4x4 given the quality of the road.
Alo stopped for fuel, beer and a very nice cheesecake at the quirky Roadhouse fairly close by, and would certainly prefer the Lodge versus the Roadhouse as a place to stay.
Drove down to the Orange River then up through Rosh Pinah enroute to Luderitz. Fabulous scenery along the way and very different green scenery close to the river although it adds an hour to the journey.
Canyon Lodge review
The rooms were fine as was the food. The walk up the hill for the sundowner was nice too - excellent sunset views. Worth it. The chalets are stunningly done in the rocks, and the grounds are alive with dassies and wandering oryx.
It is as close to the canyon as any other lodge and the canyon can be visited easily in your own vehicle - worth an early start to beat the rush. A note to self drivers - there is petrol at the Canyon Roadhouse, which you will probably pass on the way, and is a very reliable source.
The staff were friendly and helpful. A young lady on reception lent us her own phone to ring Bidvest about the broken boot lock catch (our phone had a Namibian sim card but failed to work in half the country - we were sold the wrong card! Oh well). Having got the advice, she arranged for one of the maintenance staff to help. His name was 'Lofty', and he welded it up for us to enable us to continue to Aus. Excellent - friendly and helpful.
Great place to stay for the Fish River Canyon
We reached Canyon Lodge having driven up from South Africa, across the Orange River and onto the remotest road I have ever been on - so remote and deserted there are no fences lining the roads and in 100kms we saw one car. We fell back in love with Namibia instantly.
Canyon Lodge is excellent for viewing the Fish River Canyon. We drove ourselves at dawn (which meant we missed breakfast) and then came back to relax by the pool for the afternoon - we were the only people there and couldn't get enough of the view from it, We then went back to the Canyon for sunset - the entry fee is for 24 hours so we didn't have to pay again.
The gate to the Fish River Canyon doesn't open until 7am - but if you ask nicely the security guard will let you through as s long as you promise to pay on exit which meant we were at the viewpoint as the sun came up - not a difficult promise to make. We spent 3-4 hours wandering around the Canyon - we didn't have a 4*4 which meant we didn't try getting to Eagles Rock - we did get to Sulphur Springs and the Hikers viewpoint was great for sunset. When it is really hot in Namibia, you wouldn't want to go for sunset, but April was fine.
Two nights was essential - it meant we could also visit Ai-Ais. And as we left we also stopped off for a coffee in the Canon Roadhouse - another quirky place and well worth the break although it wasn't too far on the way of our drive for the day.
You could take part in activities organised by the lodge, but the reality is, not many do as most guests seem either to be driving themselves or arriving as part of a group who have organised their own activities. If we were staying another night we would have done one of the lodge walks - these are guided only and last around 3-4 hours. We just did the sundowner walk when we arrived, which is 10 minutes to a vantage point to see the sun set, and we were priviliedged to see the moon rise simultaneously
Lovely chalet. Great guided tour of Fish River Canyon.
Just one problem was that we booked a sundowner walk and trip to the Canyon with a member of staff and she didn't organise either of these things. it was resolved pretty quickly by another member of staff.
Lovely oasis in the south
Lovely service and beautifully designed lodge with wonderful gardens and very welcome pool with amazing views.
Within easy reach of Fish River Canyon. Buffet dinner with good choice and plentiful. Outdoor dining was lovely.
Individual chalet accommodation with terrace
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Great lodge at Fish River
Great place to stay, really good location near Fish River.
Really enjoyed the sundowner drink and sunrise walk - guide was really good. Room was comfortable and staff were friendly.
Wonderful location, great atmosphere
A wonderful location in the rocks with the desert all round. A great experience to have the hyrax playing within a few meters of our room, and so many birds all around. The swimming pool on the edge of the desert was stunning.
However, the service was not up to the standard one expects from a place of this standard: room not very clean, damp towels not changed, and a dreadfully long wait for lunch - after which the wrong order was delivered.
Expert Africa comments
Canyon Lodge replied immediately to this feedback saying that they appreciate the invaluable feedback they receive from travellers, as this means they can try to ensure that standards are maintained. As such they are following up on the feedback with the lodge manager directly. They have also conveyed their apologies to these travellers.
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Nice chalets but few space in the chalet.