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“Camping is really great”
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Canyon Lodge
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Nederweert, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Camping is really great”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

This camping is one of the best in Namibia. They have spacy camp sites with (most of them having) trees for shade. Every camp site has its own braai (bbq) and electricity. The toilets and showers are very clean.

Next, there is a very nice pool with plenty of lounge chairs. Also the main building is decorated nicely with old cars. Nearby you can find the Fish River Canyon (2nd largest in the world) and unique in Africa.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mannfred G, Managing Director of Gondwana Collection at Canyon Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thank you for your favorable review about our camping sites! We strive to provide our guests with memorable experiences in remote locations within Namibia. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Yours sincerely,
Mannfred Goldbeck
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 436 helpful votes
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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Adelaide, Australia
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96 reviews
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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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Thank Downunder62
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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168 reviews
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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.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank TonyNorwich
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Johannesburg
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126 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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Klosterneuburg, Austria
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148 reviews
134 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2012

This lodge could provide great stays because of the beautiful setting amidst huge boulders- but they definitely have a management problem. Unfriendly lady at reception, no offering of porter service (room was quite away from carpark). There are rooms with great views and room with no views. Although the lodge was far away from being full we got one with no view- maybe because our room was closer to the reception than the view-rooms and so it was more comfortable for the girl .showing us the room........
Canon Lodge belongs to Gondwana Group and we stayed at two other lodges of them as well., Kalahari Anib Lodge and Namib Desert Lodge., which performed much better.
Substitute management and this lodge could be gem

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mannfred G, General Manager at Canyon Lodge, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Thank you very much for taking time to publish your feedback. We like to apologise for the bad service you experienced. It goes without saying that we immediately investigated the situation at the lodge. The persons responsible have been identified and the problems you mentioned have been dealt with. Thus your comment helped us to restore the same high standard of service you experienced in the other lodges of the Gondwana family you stayed at. Kindly be assured, that we train and motivate our staff to deliver a good service with a smile at all times.
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Property: Canyon Lodge
Address: | 20 KM East of the Fish River Canyon, Gondwana Canon Park, Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Karas Region > Fish River Canyon
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Fish River Canyon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Canyon Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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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