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Fish River Lodge

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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 meters deep and 28 kilometres wide in some places, making it the second largest canyon in the world.

Set in a grove of ancient Quiver trees, the lodge has been carefully designed to echo the terraced and rugged terrain as well as the colours and textures of the landscape. The interior is a blend of classic and contemporary furnishings with many accessories made by San and Nama communities whose ancestors once roamed the land.

With 45,000 hectare, situated in Canyon Nature Park, here you have space to explore, time to relax and friendly staff to make you feel at home. Being only eight metres from the rim of the canyon, at Fish River Lodge you will truly feel as though you are on the edge of eternity.

Fish River Lodge
Fish River Lodge
Fish River Lodge
Fish River Lodge Facilities
  • 20 Chalets: Each chalet has a separate shower, dressing facility, double basins, toilet and fan, an additional outdoor shower. An outdoor 'bed' is available to guests who would like to sleep under the stars.
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor and Outdoor Bar
  • Swimming Pool
Fish River Lodge Rates


01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015

Single Room

N$ 1848.00 DBB

Double Room

N$ 2830.00 DBB


01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016

Single Room

N$ 1995.00 DBB

Double Room

N$ 3056.00 DBB

Fish River Lodge Activities
  • Scenic Drive & Sundowner: The afternoon scenic drive is the perfect introduction to the geology, flora and fauna of this fascinating landscape. Watch the sun set while enjoying drinks, snacks and panoramic views of the canyon and meandering Fish River.
    Leaving times vary from 3:30pm in winter to 6:00pm in summer, so please leave plenty of time when arriving at the lodge by car as this enchanting excursion is not to be missed.
  • Day Canyon Drive: 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 quartzite, fine shale and dramatic fault lines.Catch your breath as you take in the dramatic views of the river before descending into the base of the canyon for refreshments by the river.The excursion is approximately 7 hours.Leaving times vary depending on the season.
  • Canyon Rim Walk: Awaken your senses with an easy walk from the lodge along the rim of the canyon, providing spectacular scenery, space to breath & time to reflect.Guided walks are also available (subject to demand) providing information on the resilient flora and fauna of this harsh environment as well as this stunning geological feature.
  • Day Canyon Hike (April - September): Get intimate with the canyon on this challenging but rewarding journey of discovery with expert guidance. Climb down the sheer face of the upper canyon wall, traverse the rock strewn wilderness and descend through a stunning gorge. Relax with refreshments overlooking or next to the river.Leaving times vary according to the season for this 8 – 10 hour guided expedition. Trainers/hiking boots & backpack are essential.
  • Five night Canyon Hike (April - September):The five night canyon hike from Fish River Lodge is an invigorating 64km journey of discovery within 45,000 hectares of private park land in the magnificent Fish River Canyon; Namibia’s most impressive geological feature.Our experienced guides will reveal the resilient flora and fauna of this harsh landscape. Your private chef will wait every evening at your prepared camp with drinks and a bush dinner and fortify you with a wholesome breakfast every morning.
Fish River Lodge Location

From Windhoek
Take the B1 south out of Windhoek to Keetmanshoop, then turn right onto the B4 towards Luderitz. After 72km turn left onto the D463 towards "Feldschuhorn".
Drive for 85km on the D463, it feels like you are driving forever, but please keep going. You will pass through three or four closed gates, please reclose them after you. Eventually you will see a signboard on the left hand side which reads "Canyon Nature Park". Turn left after the sign.
Continue for 5km on a rough farm track, until you see two farm houses. Follow the small signs to the lodge which is a further 14km.

Please do not take the C12 to Fish River Canyon or you will end up on the other side of the canyon with a 4 hour drive back to the lodge! Also, do not use the D462 as this road has river beds with thick sand.
Your journey time once you turn onto the D463 gravel road is approximately 2 hours so please leave plenty of time to arrive at the lodge in daylight, it will be worth it!
A vehicle with good ground clearance, such as an SUV, is recommended for travel on the gravel roads in south Namibia.

From Luderitz and Aus
Take the B4 towards Keetmanshoop. 35km after Goageb turn right onto the D463 towards "Feldschuhorn" & follow the directions in 2. above.

From Sossusvlei
Take the C27 to Betta & Helmeringhausen. At Helmeringhausen take the C14 to Bethanie and Goageb. At Goageb turn left onto the B4, after 35km turn right onto the D463 towards "Feldschuhorn" & follow the directions in 2. above.

From Noordoewer Border Post Via Grunau
Take the B1 towards Grunau and Keetmanshoop. At Grunau turn left onto the C12 and continue until it meets the B4. Turn left onto the B4 towards Luderitz. After 28km turn left onto the D463 towards "Feldschuhorn" & follow the directions in 2. above.

From Noordoewer Border Post Via Rosh Pinah This option is for 4x4 vehicles only
At Noordoewer petrol station, turn left onto the C13 and drive on the gravel road next to the Orange River to Rosh Pinah. From Rosh Pinah continue on the C13 for 47km then turn right onto the D463.
After approximately 95km turn right, still on the D463. After another 18 km you will see a signboard which reads "Canyon Nature Park". Turn right after the sign & follow the directions in 3. above.

Distances & Driving Times
Windhoek to Fish River Lodge: 660km (8 hours)
Keetmanshoop to Fish River Lodge: 176km (2.5 hours)
Luderitz to Fish River Lodge: 370km (4 hours)
Noordoewer via Grunau to Fish River Lodge: 400km (5 hours)
Noordoewer via Rosh Pinah to Fish River Lodge: 330km (5 hours)
Sossusvlei to Fish River Lodge: 530km (7 hours)

Petrol stations
Keetmanshoop, Bethanie, Noordoewer, Rosh Pinah, Ai-Ais, Aus, Luderitz
You are advised to keep your vehicle topped up with fuel whenever you have the opportunity

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