Canyon Lodge

Reviews of Canyon Lodge

Good(89%) From 95 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 95 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 & Mrs G from Cambridge
Arrived on: 23-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing Lodge

We loved this 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.

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Mr D. from Chelmsford
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Canyon Lodge review

Potentially a great site but let down by dinner

The numbers attending meant that food was cold if arriving after a coach load

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Mrs & Mr R from Australia
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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A Hansel and Gretel type setting

We enjoyed the location and the way in which the chalets were positioned amongst rocks.

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.

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Mr G from Alstonville
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Oasis in the dry Fish River Canyon area

Interesting and comfortable cabins amongst scenic granite boulders. Good dining. Worthwhile guided trips to canyon and wildlife. Can walk here by yourself.

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Mr J & Ms D from UK
Arrived on: 3-May-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Canyon Lodge review

Amazing.

Brilliant place to stay. Perfect.

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Mr & Mrs W from London
Arrived on: 1-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Average
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Canyon Lodge could be so much better

This was our first stop in a camp in Namibia and so we had nothing to compare it with.

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.

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Mr & Mrs C from Cambridge
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Canyon Lodge review

Nice lodge - very convenient for Fish River Canyon.

It is a long drive south to get here but well worth it for a peaceful uncrowded visit to this beautiful awe-inspiring canyon.

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Mr & Mrs P from Hook
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful location

Location perfect for visiting Fish River Canyon.

Excellent facilities in a beautiful setting. Enjoyed the wildlife roaming free in the grounds.

Food options were good, well presented by friendly staff.

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Mrs S from Surrey
Arrived on: 19-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Reasonably close to the Canyon

The rooms are little chalets spread around the grounds - lots of large boulders make an impressive back-drop. The chalets are quite small - ours was made worse by having 3 beds in it so we couldn't really move (would have complained but we were only here for 2 nights). Being given a map would have been useful as the 'welcome' staff were not very helpful but we eventually found our way round. Quite walk to the pool - but worth it - is in a really nice setting.

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.

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Ian & Vivienne from UK
Arrived on: 9-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Well designed and maintained

The chalets or cabins are all detached and although small are well designed and equipped and are kept extremely clean.

We were given one of the furthest away from the main reception and dining area and the views over the desert were spectacular.,especially at sunset. These cabins are also quiet. The grounds are very well tended and there are paved paths everywhere which are lit at night.

The swimming pool is set well away from the cabins and overlook the rock and boulder strewn desert.the honesty bar set above ,the pool is well stocked and drinks are not expensive when you consider how remote the property is.

The food was adequate and you need not go hungry but it was never fine dining and probably does not attempt to be. The trip to the canyon and the hot springs from here is the best part of an hour (different directions). It is well worth the drive and we were amongst few tourists at both destination.

The journey to the property is along poor roads (with wonderful scenery)and a 4WD vehicle is strongly advised, indeed we would recommend that anyone self driving in this beautiful country hires such a vehicle rather than an ordinary car.

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