Travel Operators
 
 
Travel Consultants
 
 
Tour Operators
 
 
Transfers & Shuttle's
 
 
Car Hires / Car rentals
 
 
Hunting & Hunting Farms
 
 
Flights & Airlines
 
 
Adventure Activities
 

 

 
Accommodation
 
 
Hotels
 
 
Lodges
 
 
Guest Farms
 
 
Guest Houses / B&B
 
 
Self Catering
 
 
Camp sites
 
 
Other Stakeholders
 
 
Bars, Restaurants & Nightlife
 
 
Art & Culture
 
 
Conservations & Foundations
 
 
Suppliers & Support
 
   
 
fish river canyon canyon namibia hobas fish river canyon fish river
second largest canyon in the world fish river canyon canyon walking trails
hiking at fish river canyon fish river canyon in namibia hardap dam ai ais
breath taking gorge near mariental natural beauty 550 metres canyon seeheim
water erosion collapse of the valley fish river canyon hiking permit namibia, africa
 
 
 

Fish River Canyon

 
 
 

The Fish River canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. It developed predominantly during the pluvial time estimated to be formed about 500 million years ago. With a depth of up to 550 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, before the Grand Canyon in America. The enormous gorge roam along a distance of approximately 160 kilometres through the fissured Koubis massif all the way down to the Ai-Ais resort. The canyon starts near Seeheim.

The Fish River Canyon spectacular gorge drops vertically from the immense desert flats into the lower reaches of the Fish River. The largest canyon in Africa and is absolutely breathtaking in its sheer size and mysterious desolate beauty. However, the gorge was not only created by water erosion, but also through the collapse of the valley bottom due to movements in the earth's crust.

Because the Fish River is being dammed in Hardap near Mariental, it only contains a small amount of running water. In winter, during the dry season, the riverbed is often dry or reduced to only the occasional puddle.

The canyon is part of a Nature Conservation Park, and its gate is situated at the rest camp Hobas. From there, you have to drive another 10 kilometres to the actual Canyon which offers a stunning view of "Hell's Bend".

Visitors can find overnight accommodation or at the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Resort which also offer facilities such as tennis courts and a swimming pool, a wonderful venue for relaxing after a gruelling hiking experience.

The canyon is also home to some of the most poisonous snakes in Africa as well as several species of wildlife and birds. Take delight into drives to the rim of the canyon or take a scenic flight to get a bird’s eye view of the immensity of the gorge. The place is a real paradise for wildlife and nature lovers, a photographers’ dream come true and is undoubtedly a natural wonder that leaves visitors gasping at its pure magnificence. It is fair to say that when you arrive at the canyon though, its location is a bit of a mystery as the 500 m vertical drop from the flat dry plateau is completely out of view.

Self-drive tourists, hikers, photographers and nature lovers world-wide are attracted to this long, thin, meandering river. It has over 1600 different plant species. Other outstanding and gratifying points are at Hell's Corner and Sulpher Springs. The environment of this spectacular scenery embraces a number of habitats bringing together several species of mammals, an abundance of reptiles, insects and fish that live in natural pools and the Fish River itself.

Apart from its outstanding natural beauty and diverse and unique flora and fauna, the Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail is on of the main highlights. It is one of the most famous hikes in southern Africa, covering a distance of 86 km in the base of the canyon and takes about 5 days. However, hikes require good physical health and should only be undertaken during the cooler winter months (between May and September). A permit from Namibia Wildlife Resorts in Windhoek must be obtained. Keep in mind that the river is seasonal and generally only flows in the rainy season from January to April. Water can be drank from the semi-permanent pools scattered around the route. The start point is at Hobas and ends at Ai-Ais and there are only 2 emergency exits along the trail. Guided hike at the Fish River Canyon can be arranged.

 

 

  fish river canyon namibia   fish river canyon  

 

Other Namibian Destinations:

Etosha National Park   Sossusvlei
A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia. Etosha, which was...more   The Sossusvlei, Namibia's famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay pan, enclosed by...more
     
Fish River Canyon   Spitzkoppe
The Fish River canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive...more   The Spitzkoppe is a group of rounded granite mountains situated north-west of Usakos, en route to Swakopmund. A favourite destination for... more
     
Ai-Ais / Fish River   Swakopmund
Thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approx 60°C gushes forth from the...more   Swakopmund was of major importance as a harbour during the German colonial era even though the...more
     
Caprivi   Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
The Caprivi is a narrow strip of land in the far northeast of Namibia, about 400 kilometres long. Germany exchanged the area...more   The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park is located between the borders of Namibia and Botswana. The park covers an area of...more
     
Aus / Wild Horses   Namib Naukluft Park
The little place of Aus lies some 120 kilometres east of Lüderitz on the National Road B4, which connects...more   The Namib-Naukluft Park is Namibia's largest nature reserve, about 50.000 sqkms in size. It includes a 100 to150 km broad...more
     
Luderitz   Waterberg Plateau Park
Luderitz is a slighty sleepy and maybe also bizarre place, which forms the basis of its appeal. The founding...more   The Waterberg Plateau east of Otjiwarongo towers over the surrounding plains, being about 200 metres higher. The...more
     
Kolmanskop   Mariental / Hardap Dam
In 1908, Luderitz was plunged into diamond fever. People rushed into the Namib Desert hoping to make an...more   Mariental lies 260 kilometres south of Windhoek on the B1. The little town provides for the...more
     
Maltahöhe   Keetmanshoop
Maltahöhe lies 110 kilometres west of Mariental atthe end of the tarred part of the C19 Pad, quite easily...more   Keetmanshoop lies on the B4, 500 km south of Windhoek. It is the traffic junction and the economic centre for the...more
Kaokoveld    
Located in the far north-west, Kaokoland (also called Kaokoveld) is one of the relatively untouched regions in Namibia. The...more    

 

 
self drive tours guided tours fly-in safaris tailor-made tours
Home About Namibia Photos of Namibia About Us Contact Us Add my company too
 

Website visitors statistics: 53 currently online

 
scheduled tours & safaris himba people landscapes namibia information about namibia
visiting namibia - tours & safaris travelling to namibia travel namibia africa best places southern africa
  © All rights reserved by us. Another website by Maestro Media