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Canyon Village

Canyon Village

The Gondwana Canyon Village nestles at the foot of a sweeping rock face in Gondwana Canyon Park. It is the ideal base camp from which to explore the world famous Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Canyon Village is only two kilometers away from the slightly more exclusive Canyon Lodge.

This region is known as the Nama Karoo and is home to the ubiquitous quiver tree, which seems to reach its “upside down form” up toward the bright blue skies. The quiver tree is a typical stem succulent that seems slightly alien yet perfectly at home in this area.

The Cape Dutch style lodge consists of eight individually decorated en-suite rooms gathered around an inner courtyard. The works of Namibian artists on the walls of the bungalows tell the story of the lifestyle and culture of the early inhabitants of this area—the Bondelswart-Nama. Canyon Village has a self-sufficiency center with a greenhouse, butchery, cheese dairy, and smokehouse. So dining is rather special, and tasty to boot.

Even the pool affords exquisite views that draw one in. Large shady trees, barbecue areas, and hot showers make the stay here very comfortable for campers.

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. On the hike you will be accompanied by a guide who will share his extensive knowledge of the region.

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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