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In the far south of Namibia, almost at the border with South Africa, is Fish River Canyon. Thought to be the second largest canyon in the world after America’s Grand Canyon. It is an impressive beast and receives a fraction of the visitors of it’s more famous counterpart in the northern hemisphere.
There are several accommodation options to choose from, for those visiting the canyon, but only one that sits right on the edge of the rim and this is Fish River Lodge.
Twenty chalets are positioned in a large arc either side of the central main area and each has an impressive view of the canyon. However, without a doubt, our favourite place to enjoy the view is from the central infinity pool, with a drink in hand.
Activities here naturally focus on the canyon and there are a number of walking trails that can be explored from the lodge around the rim. We also thoroughly recommend the guided day trips to the canyon floor. This can be undertaken in a vehicle- prepare yourselves for a bumpy and at times hair-raising journey or on foot, hiking the roughly 10km route from the lodge to the Canyon Floor. Both modes of transport make their way to permanent rock pools for lunch and which despite their somewhat muddy appearance are safe to swim in.
For those who are particularly keen hikers the lodge also runs two or three night hikes, camping out on the canyon floor as you make your way through. This is only available between April and September.