Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon (Afrikaans: Visrivier Canyon or Visrivier Kuil, German: Fischfluss Canyon), is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.
The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais is situated.
More information: Fish River Canyon wikipedia
The Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail is a very popular hike. It is a tough challenge, one that draws seasoned hikers and trail runners from around the globe.
The Fish River snakes through this vast canyon and rugged terrain, and hikers follow the river for 5 days, covering a distance of 88 km on reaching Ais Ais. There are no facilities and hikers need to be completely self-sufficient.
Duration: 4-5 days
Distance: 72-85 km
The Fish River Canyon Hike season is between (May – September). A minimum of three people is required to book the Hike and children under the age of 12 are not permitted. The walk is approximately 85km long, and usually takes between 4-5 days to complete. Lastly, a recent medical certificate of fitness is required to complete the Fish River Canyon Hike.