The setting is stunning: perched at the edge of the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in the southern hemisphere. The main building and chalets are all built along the rim, making the very best of these spectacular views. The lodge offers year round day drives by 4x4 vehicle taking you down into the canyon, where you can see ancient geological features, bathe in a rock pool and enjoy a picnic lunch. On the way back you may see oryx, kudu and, if lucky, mountain zebras. You can also take a sundowner drive to a scenic spot. Between April and September guided canyon hikes between half a day and up to 5 days are offered.
The lodge has a contemporary design incorporating huge plate glass windows and flat roofs, inspired by the dramatic scenery, and whenever indoors your eyes are drawn to the breath-taking views outside. The main building has a bar and sitting area and bar which flow through to the dining room. There's a large fireplace for chilly days. Doors open onto the wide terrace where lunch is often served, and there's an infinity pool and deck a short distance away.
Chalets are grouped to either side of the main building, set well apart from each other and at distance of between five and eight metres from the canyon edge. Beds face the picture windows, and terrace, and can even be moved out here for a sleep-out. Each chalet has its own bathroom with a shower, his and hers basins and toilet, and there's a separate outdoor shower.
Open: Fish River Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge sits at the western edge of the Fish River Canyon. There is an airstrip 3kms from the lodge. The flight time for Windhoek is about 2 hours.
Rooms: There are 20 chalets arranged along the canyon rim to both sides of the main lodge. They comprise 14 twin and 6 double rooms, all with a large en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and twin basins, which leads out to an outdoor shower. The bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows for superb views, a freestanding fan, lamp and writing desk, and opens on to a terrace. The bed can be moved out on to the deck if you want a night out in the open. Double rooms can be made into family rooms, sleeping up to 2 adults and 2 children.
Activities: These include a full day canyon drive including lunch, 2 hour canyon rim walk, scenic morning and afternoon drives, the latter including sundowner drinks. Between April and October you can take half and full day hikes in the canyon. There are 2, 3 and 5 day canyon hikes, camping out at night, offered from April to September only. At the lodge you can relax with a massage in the privacy of your chalet.
Facilities: There are indoor and outdoor relaxation areas including a bar, lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows ad open fire, and a terrace where tea and coffee are available during the day. There is an open air rim-flow lap pool and wooden sun deck. The lodge has a gift shop.
Dining: Meals can be eaten in to the dining room by the fire and out on the terrace. Generally breakfast and dinner and served indoors and lunch is eaten outside, though this can vary according to the weather. There are individual dining tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, though younger children must be kept under supervision at all times, as there are only small wire rope barriers to the front of each chalet, which are between 5 and 8 metres from the edge of the canyon.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in the main area.
Notes: The lodge accepts Visa and MasterCard but not American Express or Diners Club cards.