Fish River Lodge

Reviews of Fish River Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 56 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 56 of our travellers who have visited Fish River Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs T from Twickenham
Arrived on: 16-Mar-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fish River Lodge review

Our view: 9/10. Amazing location and view over the canyon from our vantage point on the edge of the escarpment. Rooms are good size, functionality laid out with ‘basic’ luxury to them. No a/c due to Eco label. A tricky place to get to! Took us 2 hours to travel 100 klm over wide gravel road which became a single track challenge!
Good breakfast and food, nice staff, pool to cool off in. Poor WiFi and only at reception.

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Mr C & Ms B from UK
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stunning View

This lodge is all about the view, being perched on the canyon edge. Its very modern with large, comfortable contemporary rooms. The service was good and staff friendly.

We experienced the famous Fish River Canyon hot gale force wind one night, and now know why ear plugs were issued on check-in!

We did the sundowner drive and a self-guided sunrise walk, both of which were excellent.

Unless walking in the canyon (not an option at the time of year we were there), a full day is an appropriate stay.

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Pat from Robin Hoods Bay
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Another amazing plac

We enjoyed the swim in the canyon pool and survived the 'terror pass'

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K+R, J+P from Stirling
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing location

Fish Liver Lodge is an amazing location. The staff were particularly friendly and relaxed, and we thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiastic singing after dinner.

The drive to the bottom of the canyon was spectacular and swimming in the river at the bottom was a highlight of our trip. The guide, Bob, was clearly very interested in the geology, plants and animals and gave really clear informative talks along the way. All the guides were helpful especially with an older walker using sticks, ensuring she was able to join the group in the walk right to the bottom of the canyon. We also enjoyed the sightings of kudu and the klipspringers perched on the top of the mountains.

It was very windy and noisy in the rooms, so the earplugs provided were appreciated!

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Mr & Mrs R from UK
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic views

This was the third place we stayed on our trip and we stayed two nights. Of all the lodges this was the one I most wanted to stay in. We even rearrange the dates we went so we could get in here and I think it was well worth it. Make sure you stop off at Mariental Bakkery for savoury pies and pasties enroute. You can also fill up your petrol tank as there are a number of fuel stations there too.

The drive south of Mariental was a lot more challenging as we got our first taste of none paved roads. Even after reading about the difficult driveway to the lodge, I don’t think we were prepared for the length of time it would take us. Once there we received a friendly welcome and a drink. The panoramic view is spectacular from the main building as you enter from the car park. The lodge was bigger than our previous two lodges, so there were a lot more people around. However the individual cabins all feel private and everyone gets that same panoramic view of the canyon.

We did the walk to the lookout point to the right, which was not too far or difficult and got some good photos looking back at the lodge. The night sky was fantastic, we even saw the Milky Way! The sky was so clear.

The rooms are comfortable with single beds and an inside and outside shower, although we were unable to use the outside shower as the previous person had taken the key with them and there was no spare. There is even an outside yoga platform and you can borrow a mat from reception. Staff were all friendly and efficient and the manager was very knowledgeable about the surrounding area and road conditions.

We did the organised drive to the bottom of the canyon where I swam in the water pool. We thought this trip was really good and well worth the cost and effort. We saw mountain Zebra and Gemsbok on our travels and you are also able to do some walking if you want to. I had read that not that many people go to Fish River Canyon but I would say it is a must and stay on this side of the canyon as you feel you have an exclusive experience as there are no other lodges on this side. This lodge is well worth the effort of getting there. Highly recommended.

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Peter from Stockton
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Luxury on the edge

Food, service and accommodation at the Fish River Lodge were impeccable.

Rooms are large and artfully decorated. Large porch overlooks the Fish River Canyon. The lodge itself has outstanding views of the canyon with a pool lots of room to sit outside. Be prepared for windy conditions, weather is variable, and we were provided with earplugs for nighttime use. We only needed them one night.

We also enjoyed the two day hiking package, which was outstanding. Our guide, Andy, was knowledgeable and tailored our daily hikes according to our preference for distance and difficulty. Camps were unique with roomy tents, comfortable cots with sheets and duvets. Bucket showers were welcome as was hot water in the morning to wash up.

Food was excellent, on a par with what we enjoyed at the Lodge. We were amazed that they were able to provide the same quality, but from a camp kitchen. Breakfast and dinner were prepared in camp and we carried our bag lunch and water with us each day.

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Mr A & Mrs K from Wilts
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic view

Very welcoming. Food good. Chalet very comfortable. Gecko on ceiling.

The drive into the canyon was well worth doing.

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Mr D. from Chelmsford
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fish River Lodge review

Very good

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Mr & Mrs R from Aberdeen
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fish River Lodge right on edge of canyon

An amazing location on edge of canyon. Great room with exceptional view.

The welcome and service were very good. Food was outstanding. We had a sunset trip to east side of camp on arrival day with Bob who was very informative and gave us an understanding of geology and our bearings. Day trip to bottom of canyon again with Bob was like a white knuckle ride at times but great fun.

Lunch by rock pool was relaxing if a little too cold to swim.

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Wendy from Melbourne
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fish River Lodge

Felt impersonal after the other places we had stayed in.

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