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Canyon Lodge

Canyon Lodge

Canon Lodge is in Gondwana Canyon Park in southern Namibia, just twenty kilometers from the main viewpoint of the Fish River Canyon. The weather-beaten granite boulders on which the lodge was constructed are both part of the location and are an integral part of its design.

It was designers’ stated intention that the lodge cause minimal impact to the ecosystem. In this vein, the main areas and thirty bungalows are built of natural stone and thatch. Each unit has comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms. The boulders on site protrude into the rooms, making the rooms feel that they are a natural part of the site.

An on-site farmhouse has been restored and converted to serve as the lodge restaurant. Built by three Bavarian brothers at the turn of the previous century, it was abandoned when they were extradited at the outbreak the First World War. It offers amazing views of the surrounding landscape, and meals here are not easily forgotten. Yogurt, cheese, cold meats, and eggs are supplied by the lodge’s own butchery, dairy, and smokehouse. Light lunches can be ordered from an “a la carte” menu, and in the evening the dinner buffet offers hearty game dishes and scrumptious sides.

You will remember the quietness, stillness of the lodge after you leave here. So take the time to unwind. Enjoy the peace and quiet while reading a book under tall trees or relaxing next to the swimming pool.

Activities at the lodge include horseback riding across the spectacular countryside, a sunrise walk where you can watch the sun rise over the canyon while enjoying coffee and tea, and a morning hike into Gondwana Canyon Park. Hikes can be unguided as you follow marked trails, or you can choose to be accompanied by a guide who will share his extensive knowledge of the region. Finally, scenic drives can to three major lookout points along the Fish River Canyon are a favorite.

Gondwana Canyon Park comprises an area of 1,120 square kilometers. The park was born in 1996 when a group of dedicated Namibians decided to preserve a small area bordering the eastern side of Fish River Canyon National Park in southern Namibia. Regular game counts prove that there is a healthy population of kudu, oryx, springbok, ostrich, mountain zebra, red hartebeest, and a variety of smaller antelope. As a testament to the conservation efforts of these dedicated folks, the elusive leopard is now being regularly sighted, after having been almost completely eradicated in past decades.

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