Canyon Village

Quiver trees, Nama culture, rugged landscape and an impressive sweeping rock formation characterise Canyon Village. Stone-and-thatch chalets are positioned in a horse-shoe design around a celebration of young quiver trees. While the sprawling thatched central area, bedecked with bougainvillea, serves as restaurant, bar, lounge and reception. A cart drawn by a team of mules waits outside, conveying luggage to the chalets in a flurry of activity and laughter. ‘Take a walk on the South’s side’ is a suitable motto for this Fish River Canyon lodge.

Murals on the restaurant’s wall depict the history of southern Namibia, while a colorful and lively rendition of life in the golden time of the missions graces the wall in the reception area. An ox-wagon with hundreds of years of history ingrained in its wood stands in the buffet area as well as a well-preserved horse cart has been placed amongst the boulders in the cosy bar.

Moreover, take a moment to honour the ancient Nama deity, Haitsi Aibeb, at the front entrance and to request a blessing for the journey ahead. Staff members take pride in wearing their traditional patchwork dress and headdresses here, bringing in the spirit of the south and the Nama people, one of the first peoples of southern Africa. Additionally the honey-coloured people have a knack for story-telling and have lovingly woven song and dance into their traditions. Their smile stretches far and wide.

Furthermore these homely touches bring warmth and intrigue to a lodge which is an ideal base to explore the Fish River Canyon, Namibia’s star attraction, twenty kilometres away. Joining a guided excursion to the canyon viewpoints will inspire you with new perspectives, or you can embark on a 3-4 day Canyon Trail for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Be awed by this great Earth masterpiece patiently carved over the millennia.

And make the time to put feet up, soak in the sun at the pool, as well as loaf in one of the comfortable couches in the lounge. Additionally watch the sun set over the Gondwana Canyon Park on a sunset drive or embark on numerous walks through the rocky hills. You haven’t gained a suitable perspective of the surrounds until you glimpse the spectacular view from the rocky heights. In addition Gondwana Canyon Park has an abundance of wildlife. While the plains animals can be viewed on the 4×4 Wildebeest Drive between Canyon Village/Lodge and Roadhouse.

Enjoy a slow meander in the morning watching zebra, wildebeest, springbok and gemsbok, and include a stop at the Roadhouse for lunch before circling back on the gravel. While experiencing the earthy appeal to the Village that mirrors the landscape of southern Namibia, with an honest authenticity and integrity. Canyon land. Nama charm. And a wealth of rich storytelling.

Property Facilities

  • Bar
  • Cold water swimming pool
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Secure parking
  • Laundry service
  • Restaurant
  • Mobile connectivity
  • Property is accessible for those with limited mobility


  • Bird Watching
  • Game Viewing
  • General Sightseeing

Room Amenities

  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite bathroom with shower
  • Veranda
  • Air-conditioner / heater
  • Coffee / tea facilities
  • Mosquito net
  • Safe



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