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Canyon Lodge
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Approaching the front of the property you are presented with a large farmhouse style building which is hard to hide in a stark desert, if you haven’t already seen photos of the hotel you hope that the rest of the buildings are less intrusive. And they are. Great care has gone into positioning most of the rooms into the boulders where, with the dark colours and thatched roofs they are hardly noticeable. Some of the rooms are set more noticeably around a green grass area and these may be preferred by some people who want to be close to the lodge but they don’t have the best views. In my opinion the further away you get from the actual lodge the better the location, and quite a number are simply stunning. Further away can mean 400 metres, but there are always staff about to ask for help with your luggage when departing.
No tea or coffee facilities in the room although this is offered in a station at the lodge. And surprisingly for rooms set amongst or into rocks, there is air conditioning. Buffet breakfast is the usual good selection of juices, breads, cereals etc with hot breakfast cooked to your choice. And very nice it was too. Dinner is starter and dessert waiter served with buffet main choice. And food was always plentiful and delicious served by helpful pleasant staff.
Having plenty of time on a 28 day tour of Namibia, we stayed here three nights, one night being free with our booking. This allowed us a really relaxing day on the property which was empty, as most people are out at the canyon, and we enjoyed a lovely day by the pool which is in an outstanding setting.
The lodge was stunning and made more enjoyable by the staff at this lodge who were excellent, very friendly, informative and always willing to help.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

My wife and I spent two nights at Canon Lodge in August. The lodge is just a few kms from the Fish River Canyon and is set in rugged and boulder strewn country. The individual chalets are often set into the granite boulders to create a stunning effect. The area has great scenic beauty and the chalets were spacious and comfortable. Expect to be visited by grazing animals during the night. Sundowners on top of a rocky outcrop where the views were awesome was a nice touch. The staff were pleasant and courteous and the dining room offered an excellent menu. A predawn trip out from the lodge gave the oportunity to see the sun rise over this dramatic land.
We did not expect accommodation of this standard in this harsh but arid land. The swimming pool is worth the walk from the lodges and is set again amongst the rocky outcrops. Keep a lookout for the Dassies in the rocks and curious Kudus just outside the lodge.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the outer edge of the lodge to enjoy spectacular views.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank TonyNorwich
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Spectacular setting, individually unique chalets, awesome granite rocks everywhere (including in the rooms), and incredible service from check in to waiters to bartenders to drivers. Food is limited to buffets, but quality and selection was very good. Drinks wonderfully cheap :-) All in all a great base for exploring Southern Namibia, and/or for doing the incredible Fish River Canyon hike, for which the Lodge will arrange transfers to the Hobas start and/or the Ais-Ais finish.

Room Tip: If you're staying for more than one night and it's not fully booked, it's worth checking out rooms for size, position and views. Differences are not massive, though.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

I'm a bit mystified by some reviews criticizing the service as this was the outstanding feature of our stay. My wife and I felt that the level of service and friendliness of the staff at Canyon Lodge was easily the best we received on our entire trip through Namibia.

I don't know whether the other reviewers hit a 'bad patch' that management addressed or what, but we had excellent service across the board.

The resort itself is amazing, many of the bungalows incorporating the rocks into their construction - you have to remind yourself that this place had to be constructed many miles from the nearest town. Food was very good and the wine list very decent. The grounds are very pretty and the surrounding landscape is beautiful. We loved our room and slept very well. A fridge in the room would be nice, but the lack thereof in no way would deter me from staying here again, in fact, this was our first stay at a Gondwana resort and it has convinced us to try and visit many of their other lodges on our trip next year.

I really loved this place and will be staying here again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Diplos
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