Fish River Lodge

Fish River Lodge: Information from the owner

All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.

Type Lodge
No. of rooms 20
Last updated 26-Oct-2017

Main description of Fish River Lodge

Fish River Lodge: Facilities

Property facilities Secure Parking
Room facilities En-Suite, Fan, Outside Shower, Safe, Shower, Verandah
Available services Credit Card
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Game Viewing, Massages

Room types at Fish River Lodge

Double Room

Double Room

Each chalet has a separate shower, dressing facility, double basins, toilet and fan whilst an additional outdoor shower offers a chance to cool down under the stars on warm nights. An outdoor 'bed' is available to guests who would like...

Guide Room

Guide Room

Guide Room - This rooms are for guides only.

Twin Room

Twin Room

Each chalet has a separate shower, dressing facility, double basins, toilet and fan whilst an additional outdoor shower offers a chance to cool down under the stars on warm nights. An outdoor 'bed' is available to guests who would like...

Activities at Fish River Lodge

2 Days Hiking Package

2 Days Hiking Package

1 night
On arrival, the guests will be spending the first night at the lodge
1st Day Hike – 2nd Night
Depart with your guide for an enjoyable 14km day of hiking starting with a steep decent of half an hour in the first level of the lower canyon. You will pass through a stunning gorge and go through a second half an hour decent deeper into the canyon until you reach an oasis of natural rock pools where you can swim at your leisure. Meanwhile a back-up team will set up tents for you with stretchers, mattresses, nice and conformable duvets along with bucket shower and chemical toilettes before enjoying your second night dining by the light of the camp fire. A dedicated chef will be there for an unforgettable dining and breakfast experience.
Departure from the lodge will be at 08H00 and depending on the client’s fitness and pace, estimated arrival time at the fly camp is 15H00.

LAST DAY (back for lunch time at the lodge)
Option 1: Hike back to the lodge with departure at 07H30, arrival time at the lodge is estimated to be 12H00.

Option 2: Depart at 09H00 from the fly camp and drive back to the lodge with arrival at the lodge at 12H00.

3 days hiking package

3 days hiking package

1 night
On arrival, the guests will be spending the first night at the lodge

1st day hike – 2nd night
You will be shuttled to the first lower point of the canyon and the hike will start will start from there, an enjoyable14 km hike along the mid-level of the canyon, and across the rocky plains to the camp.
Departure from the lodge will be at 08H00 and depending on the client’s fitness and pace, estimated arrival time at the camp is 15H00. After the day’s sweaty hike, you will have the opportunity to unwind and relax with ice cold drinks and snacks while watching the sun set over the plains of the upper canyon. Dinner at the camp will be accompanied by the warm campfire and the friendly camp service.

2nd day hike – 3rd night
During the second day you will enjoy the 17 km walk down stream along the river bed where you may observe a variety of water birds including Heron, Goshawk and Fish Eagle. Depending on the season, there might be wonderful water pools where you can cool down in. The second camp will be at the natural pool in between oldest rock formation, Namaqua Metamorphic Complex, which is an excellent place to swim and to be taken back millions of years.Departure from the first camp on the second day of hiking is 08H00 and arrival at the second camp is at about 16H00. Again, the guests can enjoy a relaxing sundowner with snacks and drinks followed by dinner.

last day (back for lunch time at the lodge)
Option 1: Hike back to the lodge with departure at 07H30, arrival time at the lodge is estimated to be 12H00.
Option 2: Depart at 09H00 and drive back to the lodge with arrival at the lodge at 12H00.

AM Scenic Drive

AM Scenic Drive

The AM scenic drive is the perfect introduction to the geology of this fascinating landscape. The drive will take you around the pristine Canyon nature Park, passing by some water points which will give you the opportunity to read signs of past animal activities. There will be chances to see general game as well as Karoo Korhaan and Ludwigs Bastard for the bird lovers.

• Departure times vary from 7:30am in winter to 8:00am in summer.
• The drive is between 3 to 4 hours before returning to the lodge for lunch.
• Minimum 2 guests per excursion - Max 9 per vehicle.
Children under 12 are discounted at 50% of adult rate.

Canyon Breakfast - Fly in Trip

Canyon Breakfast - Fly in Trip

This activity caters for visitors who do not overnight at the Fish River Lodge or not satisfied with only a fly over either. Arrive at Canyon Nature Park airstrip from where your guide will transfer you to the lodge for a wholesome breakfast. After breakfast and a short briefing you will venture further out on the plateau towards the main lookout point where there is opportunity for photography and a detailed explanation of the geology and interesting facts about the area. The duration of this activity is between 45 minutes to an hour. Guests not in a hurry to leave are welcome to book lunch on the patio, accompanied by infinite vistas dropping down from the edge of eternity. After your visit you will be transferred back to the airstrip where your plane awaits you.

• Departure time varies according to flight arrival and departing time
• Pre-booking is essential
• Guests chartering in by plane are requested to coordinate their arrival and pick up times with our Reservations office beforehand.

Canyon Day Drive (Three Quarter Day)

Canyon Day Drive (Three Quarter Day)

Experience an amazing variety of geological features as you journey into the depths of the second largest canyon in the world. See rough limestone, shiny quartzite, fine shale and dramatic fault lines.
Catch your breath as you take in the dramatic views of the river before descending into the base of the canyon for refreshments by the river.
The excursion is approximately 7 hours.
• Departure time from the lodge – After an early breakfast at 06h30 during summer time and 07h00 during winter time.
• Minimum 2 guests per excursion - Max 9 per vehicle.
• Children under 12 are discounted at 50% of adult rate.

Canyon Day Hike (Full Day or Half Day)

Canyon Day Hike (Full Day or Half Day)


Only done from April to September (Winter Season)
Get intimate with the canyon on this challenging, but, rewarding journey of discovery with expert guidance. Climb down the sheer face of the upper canyon wall, traverse the rock strewn wilderness and descend through a stunning gorge. Enjoy lunch and drinks at a shaded spot while absorbing the view of the Fish River.

• Departure time will vary according to the season for this 8 – 10 hour guided expedition.
• Trainers/hiking boots & backpacks are essential.

Canyon Rim Walk

Canyon Rim Walk

Awaken your senses with an easy un-guided walk from the lodge along the rim of the canyon, providing spectacular scenery, space to breath & time to reflect. Guided walks are available subject to demand. Our guides are experienced and keen to share their information on the resilient flora and fauna of this harsh environment and stunning geological features.

• It is recommended to do this walk either early morning or late afternoon.

Fat bike trials

Fat bike trials

Join an experienced guide for a fat bike cycling trail.

Morning cycling tour

Start at 08h00 (winter time), right after breakfast, take a 22km cycling tour. We will provide you with a helmet and water on the trail. Take a little break and have a small snack. Our snack packs, will include energy bars, fruit & water.

Depending our your fitness, you can expect to be back at the lodge in 3hrs and 30min.

Sundowner cycling tour

Start at 15h00 (winter time), take 10km cycling tour on top of the canyon. We will provide you with a helmet and water on the trail. Be rewarded with a cold drink and snacks at our stunning sundowner spot. Cycle back to the lodge and freshen up before diner.

Depending our your fitness, you can expect to be back at the lodge in 2hrs and 30min.

Five Night Canyon Hike (Only from April to September)

Five Night Canyon Hike (Only from April to September)

The five night canyon hike from Fish River Lodge is an invigorating 64km journey of discovery within 45,000 hectares of private park land in the magnificent Fish River Canyon; Namibia’s most impressive geological feature.

Our experienced guides will reveal the resilient flora and fauna of this harsh landscape. Your private chef will wait every evening at your prepared camp with drinks and a bush dinner and fortify you with a wholesome breakfast every morning.

Your first night staying at the Lodge will mark the beginning of an unforgettable experience. After taking in the stylish architecture, the magnificent views and an excellent dinner your guide will brief you on your forthcoming canyon adventure.

Essentials to bring along on your hike:
• The arrangement is that you may pack a smaller soft bag (if possible) with clothing that you would use at the camp. This bag will then be driven down by the back-up team. Hiking – you will need to have a small back pack to carry your water and lunch pack for each day. You will not be required to carry anything else. Your larger luggage will be kept safe at the lodge until you return.

• Type of clothing – Temperatures can drop sharply after sunset, warm clothing is essential. We suggest you bring along outdoor safari clothing and strong but well worn-in hiking boots for the hike itself. Your swimsuit is a must if you would like to swim and cool off in the rock pools along the Fish River. The first and third camp is situated on the sandy banks of the river. The second and third day hike is along the river`s edge, allowing enough opportunity for swimming and breaking for lunch. The lunch pack includes fruit, a cold meat sandwich, fruit juice, cheese, peanuts and raisins, snack bar and a boiled egg.

• Please be advised that the first day’s hike is a steep rocky decent that takes about three hours to get to the bottom and from there another 2-3 hours crossing a rocky plain to get to the first camp. Second and third days’ hikes are along the river bed therefore most of it is through thick sand but there are rocky places as well. The last hike is on the plateau of the first canyon and very rocky as well.

• Accommodation/Camp – Tents will be pitched at each camp.
No need to bring your blankets and pillows, as these will be provided. You will only be allowed to relax in your camp chair while your fully equipped and capable camp team serve you. The camp chef will cater a full Continental and English breakfast in the mornings as well as a full three course dinner in the evenings.

• There will be a fully stocked bar with drinks of your choice and a sumptuous snack platter to nibble on before dinner while you enjoy the beautiful sunset over the pristine Fish River Canyon.

• Day 1 - The first day hiking will be an enjoyable 14km decent into the canyon, where you may see Kudu, Oryx, Springbok and maybe the elusive Mountain Zebra. You will pass through a stunning gorge
and hike down to the river bed where you can swim in the rock pool before enjoying your first night dining by the light of the camp fire.

• Day 2 - A gentle 17km walk along the
river bed where you may observe a variety of water birds including Heron, Goshawk and Fish Eagle. After a short accent to the upper level you reach your second camp on the edge of a gorge with spectacular views of the river.

• Day 3 - Descend back down into the river bed, day three is a 17km hike along the floor of the canyon where you will marvel at the geological features in this extraordinary landscape. Enjoy your last night camping under the magnificent African sky.

• Day 4 - A challenging 16km hike from the base of the canyon to a beautiful green oasis of Acacia trees on the upper level, where you will be transported back to the lodge to relax before reflecting on your extraordinary adventure over another sumptuous dinner.

PM Scenic Sundowner

PM Scenic Sundowner

The afternoon scenic drive will take you on top of the plateau where we will be stopping at two different viewpoints where you can admire the infinite vistas of the Canyon. The guide will also explain the geology, flora and fauna of this fascinating landscape. Watch the sun set while enjoying drinks, snacks and panoramic views of the canyon and meandering Fish River.

• Departure time from the lodge varies from 15:30pm in winter to 18:00pm in summer, so please leave plenty of time when arriving at the lodge by car as this enchanting excursion is not to be missed.
• Minimum 2 guests per excursion - Max 9 per vehicle.
• Children under 12 are discounted at 50% of adult rate.

Restaurants at Fish River Lodge

Fish River Lodge Restaurant

The main Lodge caters for indoor and outdoor living, given the extremes of weather that can be experienced throughout the year. Good home-cooked food with stylish touches is served on handcrafted tables from reclaimed wood next to crackling fires in winter or outside on the deck in summer. We can cater for specific dietary requirements and children meals. Drinks can be enjoyed in the indoor or outdoor bar area overlooking the swimming pool.

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