Remotely set in a stunning landscape, the location is such that you can only see this lodge as an oasis. Normally you would have to camp (shudder!) to enjoy such a setting but here you have excellent facilities which are just extraordinary when you consider where you are. Accommodation is in detached thatched 'cottages' built of the local stone and, in some cases, into the rocky outcrops. Our cottage (13) was set into one of these outcrops and even had rocks coming into the room and shower. Try to get a room on the outer edge of the site to enjoy spectacular views. Rooms are quite small and simple but very clean and have air-con for cooling and heating (essential in winter). There is everything you need except that they only supply liquid soap and so you'll need to take your own toiletries if you want more than that. The food was much better than expected in such a location and was tasty, fresh and enjoyable. Wi-Fi was out while we were there (not that it was reasonable to expect it) which was compensated for by the ever helpful staff letting us use their office computer. All of the staff were very friendly. An example of the service is that at breakfast one day a member of staff came to say that he had noticed that our car had a puncture and would we like them to fix it. From start to finish it probably took less than an hour and they never charged for doing it. First class customer care. The only reason people (mostly German, as everywhere in Namibia which is an undiscovered gem by the British) visit here is to see the Fish River Canyon, second biggest in the world and about 30 minutes drive away on a very poor gravel road, hence the puncture. Other than beautiful walks there is little else to do. Two nights is probably the optimum stay, though the peace and quiet has appeals of its own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The harsh rocky desert region at the southern tip of Namibia has made many a traveller think that God has forgotten this land. Not so, just 20 kilometres from the main viewpoint of the Fish River Canyon, leading off the dusty D324, you’ll find the Canon Lodge, an oasis seemingly in the middle of nowhere. The Canon Lodge is one of two existing accommodation centres in the expanse of the 530 km² Gondwana Canon Park. Tall weather-beaten granite boulders mark the location of the lodge and forms an integral part of the overall design. The 20 thatch stone bungalows are dotted among the kopies and are beautifully designed, with the walls shaped around the hills so that boulders protrude into your room, cool to the touch and smoothly rounded by an eternity of erosion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Canon Hotel Fish River Canyon
- Canyon Lodge Namibia/Fish River Canyon