Reviews of Canyon Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
98 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
"Canyon Lodge review"
The food was excellent, with a good choice of main meal and breakfast from the buffet. The evening meal did, however, prove to be expensive compared to the charge at other lodges. There was no option other than a full three course meal and we didn't always want to eat this much. We don't know why full board isn't all that offered, as there is no realistic option to dine elsewhere.
We chose to use the lodge as a convenient base to visit Fish River Canyon and did not venture into the lodge's own park.
We did use the pool; very welcome after a hot day and nicely tucked away from the rooms.
Whilst here, we heard of the death of The Queen. I spoke to the duty manager and asked that something was done as a mark of respect. The following morning, displayed was a framed quote from the Queen’s 21st birthday speech, along with flowers and candles. That was impressive and appreciated." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia; 7n in South Africa
"Great views at Canyon Lodge "
The views were amazing from our room which was at an elevated position on the edge of the property (a number of other chalets did not have such a view.) The main building was in extremely colourful grounds.
The buffet style evening meal was delicious with plenty of choice." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"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
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Other lodges in Fish River Canyon
Alternative places to stay in this same area.
Fish River Lodge
Perched on the lip of Fish River Canyon, Fish River Lodge has some of the best views of any lodge in Namibia.
Relatively close to Fish River Canyon, Canyon Roadhouse combines the feel of an old farm with an extraordinary array motor memorabilia.
Close to Fish River Canyon, the reasonably priced Canyon Village features interior walls covered in murals by Namibian artists depicting the history of the area.
Sadly closed, Vogelstrausskluft Lodge used to offer lovely views, welcoming staff and delicious food.
Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa
The government-run Ai-Ais Restcamp is situated on a site of natural hot springs, down at the bottom of the Fish River Canyon.
Within a stone’s throw of the Hobas entrance to the Fish River Canyon, Hobas Lodge offers both bush chalets and camping.