We were not sure quite what to expect but were very pleasantly surprised on arrival - you can never quite be sure if the pictures are hiding something. On the drive to the lodge we were wondering if there was even a canyon.
Then we walked through the front doors and baboom! What a site. It really is a spectacular location. Nice little refresher drink on arrival was a nice touch.
The rooms are very nice, basic but nice. The views however, WOW.
Food is quite good - especially considering there isn't a grocery store for many many miles. The chef was good at providing different things each of our nights and we were wondering where the ingredients were coming from; kiwi's are not exactly growing in Namibia for instance but there they were in the fruit salad. Again, when you see how remote you are, fresh fruit and veg is something you just are not expecting.
The tour activities are good - we opted for the canyon drive which was quite fun. The less adventurous might find spots 'iffy' and walk them rather than be in the vehicle but it really was a lot of fun to have lunch down in the canyon floor by the river (which was flowing heavy on our trip).
One thing that was surprising - how utterly quiet it is. So quiet you can hear the blood pumping in your head and hear 'static' from your ears (when the wind isn't going of course).
Pool was beautiful - but it would have to be a really hot day for me to go in as its supposedly 11c when we were there. Chilly; you would want full on summer for a dip but its great for photos.
Outdoor shower - with that view. Hard to beat (there is an indoor one as well).
Staff was very friendly.
The lodge itself is beautiful; especially if its cooler and they light the two fireplaces at night.
Downsides...the generator about 1km away runs for 5 hours (I believe) a day. Fortunately its on a schedule so you can count on it shutting off and it doesn't run at nightime (I think it was 7pm latest and you were eating dinner during that final run). Being an eco lodge, the lights are led in the bathroom and they are very dim - topped up with our flashlilght so no biggie. We found the meat tended to be cooked more than what we considered normal - medium rare was medium well; order rare!
Definitely a great place and should we be back in the area we would definitely stay again.
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