Reviews of Canyon Lodge
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Canyon Lodge review
We loved the accommodation fashioned from local stone, reeds and wood and we got the one featured in all the publicity - a bit of a trek to the restaurant but what a perfect view and unspoilt silence.
We went on the sundowner walk to the top of a small hill, not all those who set out completed the walk because for the elderly, it was quite challenging, but for those of us who did, our guide was knowledgeable and amusing and the views were spectacular.
Supper was accompanied by roaring fires and very attentive service. By the second night the accommodation continued to amaze, please and exceed expectation, and we were greeted by hot water bottles!!
Return to Canyon Lodge after walk.
Prompt friendly pick up from Ai-Ais by Rudy, who spotted game etc.
This time stayed in chalets, great locations.
Dining room very atmospheric, with several fires.
Canyon Lodge review
Loved this place and wish we'd stayed another night.Read more about the whole safari
Canyon Lodge base before FRC - standard room
Good base for Fish River Canyon hike, half hour from Hobas, lodge provides transfers.
We omitteed to note that South African time was one hour ahead - staff did not bat an eyelid when we turned up for breakfast at 5.30am and served us willingly!
Hot water bottles provided in beds much appreciated.
Canyon Lodge review
This was one of our favourite places. The cabins are lovely and very picturesque. The food was excellent as was the service. And the sundowner walk was a nice extra. Great location for the Fish River Canyon.
It's worth stopping off at the Quiver Tree Forest and Giant's Playground en route.
I loved the layout of the individual chalets amongst the Kopje (?sp), with dassies scurrying around.Helpful staff took us for a sundowner atop one such rocky outcrop. There were other activities eg guided drives and walks, or horseriding, or you could lounge by the wonderful swimming pool with a beer from the honesty bar.
Food was plentiful , including game, salads, and produce from the Lodge's own farmstead,and quality was very good,meals were self service from a buffet counter. Good wine list.
The choir entertained us with singing on Mothers Day which was very enjoyable.
The Lodge is obviously popular, and a large coach party occupied much of the dining room during our stay, if you wanted a smaller, more intimate and personable place to stay then consider the Canyon Roadhouse, (same owners) - we had lunch and coffee here twice and the staff remembered us. It had a nice relaxed feel to it.
The Manager was away for three weeks and it showed. This is a strange Lodge, in some ways it is excellent - for example the cooking - but in others it is quite dreadful.
The negative part first. After a long flight from London and then a two hour transfer from Windhoek we were pretty exhausted but were given a nice friendly welcome when we arrived and then were shown to our rooms. Our room was the furthest from the house and was dark and unwelcoming. The duvet covers looked tired and washed out. As we entered the bathroom the first thing we saw was cigarette ash left in piles around the toilet area and, on closing the bathroom door a pile of dirt facing us in an area which cannot have been cleaned for months.
I informed the Manageress about the problem but she couldnt do anything about it until the cleaning staff came back mid afternoon so we had to hang around and wait to have our room cleaned - not a good start to the holiday. The problem was further compounded by the fact that there wasnt any soap in the shower and when we asked for some we were told we would have to buy it! The lack of cleanliness saga continued with cigarette butts dropped along the pathway to the rooms and then, to finish it all , when we were leaving and doing a 'final check' under the bed we found a pair of someone else's dirty pants which must have been missed by the cleaners.......
On a positive note the situation is lovely and Niko our guide took us out for a lovely sunrise drive and walk which was magical. He was full of information and stories and looked after us very well during our trip. The kitchen staff produced wonderful food (especially the homemade bread which was delicious) and we had a nice braai.
Canon Lodge is expensive for what it is. Nothing is included in the price which makes this quite an expensive place to stay - compared with Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp this lodge was a dump.
It was a shame that we had such a dirty, tired room - nowhere else in Namibia did we come across such a problem. Infact everywhere else it was quite the opposite. This lodge needs to lift its standards.
Canyon Lodge review
The best feature here now is the new pool area with great views across to the mountains, also there is a fridge full of cold drinks in the small shady section (honesty list for this).
It was particularly hot on this visit and the room has fans which were a godsend at night. Friendly and helpful staff especially for luggage as we were in room 23 ,the furthest from reception.
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.
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.