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Canyon Roadhouse

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

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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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  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

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