Fish River Lodge (Fish River
Fish River Lodge in southern Namibia is the only lodge
perched directly on the rim of the Fish River Canyon
offering guests breathtaking views of the canyon from
sunrise to sunset. Experience first hand the geological
forces that unfolded 300 million years ago, when the Fish
River began to etch its way through hard quartzite forming a
Canyon 90 kilometers long, 549 meters deep and 28 kilometers
wide in some places, making it the world's second largest
Set in a grove of ancient Quiver trees (Aloe dichotoma),
the Lodge has been carefully designed to echo the terraced
and rugged terrain as well as the colours and textures of
the landscape thereby offering guests a pleasant change from
the typical 'safari' type lodge found elsewhere in Africa.
There is a blend of classical and contemporary furnishings
and many of the accessories have been made by San and Nama
communities whose ancestors once roamed the terrain;
authenticity, comfort and simplicity are key to the Lodge's
Black eagles enjoy the thermal updrafts and fascinating
desert adapted plants thrive in this unique eco-system.
Rare mountain zebra and elusive klipspringer, oryx and kudu
roam the remote valleys and side canyons, whilst Cape
clawless otter, fish eagle and other water-loving species
inhabit the permanent pools along the river.
The geology of the canyon is as fascinating as the
archaeology and for the expert or the curious, there is much
to discover and learn. Ancient petroglyph sites are in
abundance as are Stone Age tools, a reminder of those who
wandered the landscape and took refuge at permanent water
holes in this harsh terrain thousands of years ago. With 45
000 hectare situated in Canyon Nature Park, including 75 km
of river frontage, here you have space to explore, time to
relax and friendly staff to make you feel welcome. With only
8 meters from the rim of the Canyon, at Fish River Lodge you
will truly feel as though you are on the edge of eternity.
Twenty spacious chalets are positioned along the rim with
sufficient distance from each other to ensure privacy and
quiet at all times. Dry-packed stone walls cover the outer
chalets and large windows offer light and views over the
canyon whilst at night guests can watch falling stars
through the roof top windows above. Each chalet has a
separate shower, dressing facility, double basins, toilet
and fan whilst an additional outdoor shower offers a chance
to cool down under the stars on warm nights. An outdoor
'bed' is available to guests who would like to sleep under
The main Lodge caters for indoor and outdoor
living given the extremes of weather that can be experienced
throughout the year. Good home-cooked food with stylish
touches is served on glowing handcrafted tables from
reclaimed wood next to crackling fires in winter or outside
on the deck in summer. Drinks can be enjoyed in the indoor
or outdoor bar area overlooking a swimming pool. The Lodge
furnishings have been kept simple (without compromising on
comfort) and the colours schemes chosen to reflect the subtle
hues of the distant canyon. Items of interest like the old
German colonial cupboard and doors and hand-sewn traditional
Nama dress in the main Lodge, in contrast with the modern
architecture and some of the furnishings reflecting the rich
history of the south.
Game Viewing / Activities:
Scenic Drive & Sundowner (January - December)
Enjoy a drink and snacks whilst watching the sky turn
from subtle pink and blue in the east to burnt orange in the
west. This stunning location offers panoramic views of the
canyon and meandering Fish River.
The tour starts from 4pm, depending on the time of year,
so please leave plenty of time when arriving at the lodge by
car so you don’t miss this enchanting excursion.
Day Canyon Drive (April-October)
Experience an amazing variety of geological features as
you journey into the depths of the second largest canyon in
the world. See rough limestone, shiny quartzites, fine
shales and dramatic fault lines as the 510 million year old
story unfolds. Catch your breath as you take in the dramatic
views of the river before descending into the base of the
canyon to lunch by the permanent rock pools. Kudu, Oryx,
Klipspringer and the elusive mountain Zebra are often seen
and your experienced guide will identify the resilient flora
in this harsh environment.
Winter (April to October) leave at 8am back by 3/4pm
Summer (November to March) leave at 6am back by 12/1pm
Day Canyon Hike (April-October)
For the very fit a day hike into the canyon may also be
available (subject to demand) covering a distance of
Trainers or hiking boots are essential.
A half day hike is also available.
Five Night Canyon Hike (April - September)
The five night canyon hike from the Fish River Lodge is
an invigorating 74km journey of discovery within 45,000
hectares of private park land in the magnificent Fish River
Canyon; Namibia’s most impressive geological feature.
First and last nights are spent at the lodge with three
nights camping in the canyon and four days hiking. All five
nights are fully inclusive. Other hiking/camping options are
available, please contact the reservations office with
specific requirements to personalize your canyon experience.
Our experienced guides will reveal the resilient flora and
fauna of this harsh landscape.
Your private chef will be waiting every evening at your
prepared camp with drinks and a bush dinner and fortify you
with a wholesome breakfast every morning. Carrying just your
own water and clothing for the day, you can freely enjoy the
rich diversity of the canyon
Accommodation Rates:- Please contact us for a quote and