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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.
A sprawling pathway from the main lodge and the parking area, weaves between the picturesque quiver trees to each of the 20 individual cabins. The furthest cabins are a little walk away so for those with any mobility issues we can request a room closer to the main area. The rooms have high-ceilings and a glass front to make the most of the views. Inside the rooms are uncluttered with large beds that face the windows and although there is no air-conditioning there is a strip of glass that runs along the top of the walls that can be opened using a long pole to increase the air-flow. As with every feature at Fish River Lodge they have been designed to make the most of the views that come from this privileged position, therefore it is hardly a surprise to also find an outdoor shower and large deck complete with a table and chairs.
In the communal main area the refreshing swimming pool steals the show, but there is also a bar at one end with a comfortable lounge, a dining area, curio shop and an impressive open fireplace. Outside there is a large deck around the swimming pool and another sun deck set slightly lower for those looking for a bit more privacy.
A swimming pool, bar and comfortable lounge, WiFi in main area. Activities include hikes, nature drives, visits to the canyon floor and fat bike excursions.
Meals are either served inside at individual tables or on the outside deck under a glistening Namibian night sky.
Fish River Lodge is a participant in the Namibia Eco Awards programme which ensures that the impact of tourism on the sensitive, arid environment is kept to a minimum. The lodge has also been instrumental in forming the 45,000ha Canyon Nature Park. This was once a marginalised farming area and the local flora and fauna were threatened by the agricultural activities. Two farms, Soutkull and Vergelee have been joined to form the Canyon Nature Park and the focus is now on wildlife conservation and low impact tourism.
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