Fish River Lodge Fish River Canyon
AccommodationMarvel at the world’s second largest canyon from the lodge’s terrace! Fish River Lodge is the only lodge situated on the very edge of the spectacular Fish River Canyon, offering guests unparalleled views from sunrise to sunset. The Fish River has nibbled away at the rock for millions of years to create a river valley 550 m deep and 90 km long - and you are sleeping just 8 m from the abyss ...!
The unique quiver trees that are found all around the lodge have had a great influence on the design of the lodge. The dark exterior colour of the main building and the rooms blends seamlessly with the harsh, stony surroundings. The interior decor is a mix of traditional and modern furniture, with many accessories created in the workshops of nearby San and Nama people.
The lodge offers 20 spacious chalets with large window façades allowing spectacular views of the canyon. The rooms have a veranda with deckchairs, a bedroom, dressing room and bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower. Due to the exposed location, strong thermal winds are likely to arise in the afternoon as the temperature rises, which can become a bit noisy. For this reason, on arrival guests are given a welcome pack with earplugs to ensure a good night's sleep.
Sandy paths connect the chalets with the main building. Here you will find the reception, the restaurant, the lounge and of course the large outdoor area with pool and deckchairs and direct access to the bar.
LocationThe lodge can be accessed by road or air. Flight time is approximately 2 hours from Windhoek. The lodge is situated just 10 minutes drive from the airstrip.
The access road is NOT from Seeheim, but further west, as the lodge is located on the western side of the canyon. The drive from Keetmanshoop towards Lüderitz to the D463 turn-off takes one hour, then another hour on the gravel road D463 to the next signpost 'Fish River Lodge', from where it is about another 30 minutes to the lodge.
The former farms 'Vergelee' and 'Soutkuil' have been merged into a private Canyon Nature Park. Guests of Fish River Lodge enjoy exclusive access to a 45,000 hectare area, which includes 74 km of the Fish River riverbed itself.
ActivitiesVarious activities can be undertaken from the lodge. A short sundowner drive to Sundowner Point is recommended to get a first impression of the canyon.
If you really want to experience Fish River, book a day trip into the canyon, leaving early in the morning. The road first leads over the plateau, then on partly steep paths down into the canyon to a place where you can enjoy lunch and swim in some rock pools. The ride down takes about 3 hours and includes several stops at beautiful viewpoints. The return trip takes about two hours. You will be back at the lodge at around 2pm.
Hikes into the canyon are offered in the colder months from April to September only. Day trips or a tour of several days are available and can be customized to your wishes. The descent into the canyon requires some climbing on brittle rock material, so you should be reasonably good on foot. On the multi-day tours, you no longer camp in the canyon but have to climb back out and overnight either at Eternity Camp or Edge Camp which are both built on the edge of the canyon.
You may want to rent fat bikes and explore the area on signposted routes. Or you can hike along a signposted path from the lodge along the edge of the canyon.
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