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Canyon Roadhouse

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7/10

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Highlights

- Quirky & unusual
- Great views
- Friendly staff
- 20km from Fish River Canyon

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Overview

A veritable treasure-house with a highly unique look, Canyon Roadhouse is more ‘roadhouse’ than it is ‘canyon’. Its unusual style is a breathe of fresh air and a stand-out icon in the area, offering fantastic mountain-views as well as a short trip to Fish River Canyon in Namibia.

Situated on the privately-owned Gondwana Canyon Park, Canyon Lodge provides a great base from which to go out and explore Fish River Canyon. As with its sister lodges, Canyon Roadhouse offers guests the chance to go on unguided morning hikes, guided sunset walks, and take Canyon and scenic drives. There is a plethora of game here to spot, big and small, but knowledge of the area is often required to get the best sightings. Whilst this is not the place to come for bird-spotting (with only 60 species of bird living here), the majestic black eagle is one local bird to watch out for. There are also guided excursions to the canyon viewpoints, 3-4 day superlative canyon trail hikes, and 4x4 drives through the so-called ‘Wildebeest Route’ towards Canyon Lodge and Canyon Village to view zebra and wildebeest on the grassy plains.

This lodge is smaller and slightly further away from Fish River Canyon than its two sister camps, Canyon Lodge and Canyon Village. Although its quirkiness is often what attracts most visitors, particularly families, to drop by (tables at the restaurant are in-between car cabs that double-up as fireplaces!).

Guest accommodation consists of 22 rooms. 19 of the rooms are twin rooms, and one is a triple. Each room is fitted with en-suite facilities and has its own private veranda.

The main lodge has a communal swimming pool, restaurant and bar, a campsite, and a terrace where guests can enjoy the local specialty, Amarula cheesecake, as well as the ‘best’ cappuccino for miles. Positioned next to a hill, the lodge offers great views of the surrounding area: watching the sun set behind the Holoog Mountain over the Gondwana Canyon Park is very special.

Children of all ages are welcome, and families are especially encouraged to visit. There are 2 family rooms. The lodge has its own American-style fuel station, too. Previous guests are quick to joke that Canyon Roadhouse is the place to fill up on fuel and smiles.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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