On a whim, as we had been sitting in our rental car or truck in Cape Town having prepared to commence our road trip in Namibia, I started undertaking some browsing on my telephone and somehow, came across a listing for a definitely amazing seeking lodge on the edge of Fish River Canyon.
When arranging our route via Namibia, I had completely intended to bypass the canyon as we wouldn’t have adequate time to hike it. I had planned for us to alternatively head from Orange River towards Quivertree Forest, but just after seeing photographs of this lodge, I decided that if they had any rooms obtainable that it would be a sign that we had been meant to adjust up our route. As it turned out, they did have 1 area left! So, with our final bit of reputable WiFi (for what ended up getting weeks) I booked that area and off we went.
Driving to Fish River Canyon was fairly considerably an adventure in and of itself, but fortunately, that adventure was just the starting!
it completely is worth noting that the lodge is only reachable by a 19km track that is totally, completely and undoubtedly only appropriate for 4×4 automobiles.
Seriously, it is not the sort of 4×4 track that you can get via in a smaller sized car or truck with a lot of time and patience attempting it in a 2×2 would most likely finish in disaster!
We had been fortunate adequate to get via the track without the need of concern thanks to Handsome Dan’s fabulous driving capabilities, and as quickly as we pulled into the parking region for the lodge, I currently knew that our final minute booking would unquestionably be worth the re-routing and altering of plans.
Fish River Lodge is dwelling to 20 lovely chalets that are completely perched on the edge of the canyon. The chalets are cool for the duration of the scorching days and maintain you warm for the duration of the freezing desert nights. They are vibrant, spacious and so considerably a lot more lovely than you’d count on for a three* hotel!
Oh, and that is not even taking into account the view!
I’ve been travelling for very a handful of years now, and in that time I have stayed in a fairly substantial handful of luxury hotels and resorts. Typically, luxury lodgings are synonymous with amazing views, but this is very uncommon for a a lot more price range choice. Moreover, the views from Fish River Lodge would quickly rival some of these that I have noticed from substantially a lot more luxurious properties.
I may well sound like a bit of a broken record by now, but I definitely do not recognize how a hotel with views as extraordinary as this 1 restrains from charging considerably larger rates, but I am so so thankful that they handle it.
The price tag also involves breakfast and dinner, which is great for road trippers who are just staying for the evening. As it turned out, dinner basically ended up getting definitely good – a far larger high quality than you’d get at most three* and even four* hotels.
The chalets are undoubtedly beautiful, but it is this subsequent function that tends to make the lodge definitely and undeniably glorious.
A amazing pool sits inside the deck and appears out more than the canyon!
I have noticed a lot of fantastic seeking hotel pools in my time, but this 1 is unquestionably up there as 1 of the most memorable and distinctive.
I imply honestly, views just do not get considerably much better than this!
All stays involve a complimentary sundowners drive along the rim of the canyon, full with globe class views, beers and biltong.
It was wonderful how distinct the canyon looked from alternate angles! I appreciate in this subsequent shot how you can see river but if I had shot this from just a metre to my ideal it would have been totally hidden from view.
This satisfied small backpacker just couldn’t wipe the smile from her face!
Immediately after a whilst we came across a appropriate spot to settle in and love the sunset small did I know, it would be 1 of the most lovely sunsets that I’d ever noticed.
This subsequent shot is by far 1 of the prettiest sunset photographs that I have ever taken – just appear at these extraordinary colours!
I imply, the entire factor looked borderline unreal. I half anticipated to uncover myself on a film set for some Hollywood western at any provided time.
When researching this Namibia road trip, almost everything on the world wide web had told me that you necessary numerous days to adequately discover the canyon…
I am so glad that I ignored that guidance!
Even with just a 1 evening remain we had been in a position to see some wonderful sights of 1 of the biggest canyons in the globe and it became 1 of the greatest highlights of our time in Namibia.
Having to Fish River Lodge: We drove from Orange River – which is on the border involving Namibia and South Africa
4×4 Automobile Employ: Completely equipped 4×4 automobiles are obtainable to rent from numerous providers in RSA and Namibia – we rented a Toyota Hilux from South Africa 4×4 for about $155 AUD per day, which is very frequent pricing for the duration of peak season
Fish River Lodge: One particular evening in a chalet begins at about $360 for two persons, which includes lunch and dinner. To study a lot more and to book, click right here
Camera: Pictures captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 in conjunction with M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/two.8 and M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/two.eight lenses
Keep in mind: In theory, Namibia could be explored by a 2×2, but it will be uncomfortable and stop you from having to wonderful places such as this 1. Do oneself a favour and splash out that additional money for a fantastic 4×4 automobile!