Fish River Lodge is situated on the rim of the Fish River Canyon. The
Fish River Lodge is the only lodge situated directly on the edge of Namibia’s Fish River Canyon, with breath taking views over the canyon from sunrise to sunset. The Lodge is uniquely designed with dry-packed stone walls and large windows.
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 stars.
The open plan main complex has: * Combined indoor & outdoor restaurant with open fireplace & individual tables. * Combined indoor and outdoor bar * Large window fronts to allow views over the Canyon * Lounge with open fireplace * Viewing deck * Craft shop selling local Namibian crafts * Long swimming pool.
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 kilometres long, 549 metres deep and 28 kilometres wide in some places, making it the world’s second largest Canyon. 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 unique ambiance.
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 approximately 30km. 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.
Directions to Fish River Lodge
Fish River Lodge is situated on the western rim of the Fish River Canyon. This is a little more off the beaten track than the eastern rim. Traversing this wild and rugged landscape along the way will introduce you to the extreme beauty of the area. There are farm gates along the way that we ask you to kindly close if needs be.
Driving from Keetmanshoop or Luderitz direction on the B4: This is the route we recommend. Take the D463, a gravel road to the turn off to Fish River Lodge. There are signs along the way and this section will take about 2 hours.
Driving from Rosh Pienaar in the South: Take the D463 from the C13. It feels like it will last forever, but please keep going until you get to the Canyon Nature Park and Fish River Lodge signs.
The access road to the lodge just off the D463 is an adventurous 19km path through river beds and across open plains edged with mountains, where you may glimpse Kudu and Ostrich in the dry river beds. The road is best traversed using vehicles with high clearance or 4 x 4. We recommend that you drive this section slowly and carefully.
After 5km on this track you will pass two farm houses; follow the small signs to the lodge which is a further 14km.
Please do not take the C12 towards the Fish River Canyon as you will end up on the eastern side of the canyon and there are no roads across the canyon to Fish River Lodge.
Please leave plenty of time for your journey so you can enjoy the drive and arrive in daylight or in time to catch the sun set over the canyon.
Keetmanshoop, Helmeringhausen, Noordoewer, Rosh Pinah, Ai-Ais, Aus, Lüderitz.
Please note; there is no fuel at Goageb even though your map or GPS may state otherwise.
You are advised to top up your vehicle with fuel whenever you have the opportunity.
Approximate Distances & Driving Times
|Windhoek via the B1, B4 and D463||(8 hrs)|
|Mariental via the B1, B4 and D463:||430km||(5 hrs)|
|Keetmanshoop via the B4 and D463:||180km||(3 hrs)|
|Rosh Pinah via the C13 and D463:*4×4 or raised vehicle only||190km||(3 hrs)|
|Lüderitz via the B4 and D463:||375km||(4 hrs)|
|Ai-Ais via C12, B4 and D463:||300km||(4 hrs)|
|Noordoewer via B1, B4 and D463:||480km||(6 hrs)|
|Noordoewer via C13 and D463:* *4×4 or raised vehicle only. C13 is usually closed between January and May, please check.||350km||(6 hrs)|
|Sossusvlei via C27, C14, B4 and D463:||565km||(7 hrs)|