The 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. Almost 550 meters deep and over a hundred miles (160 km) long, the ravine spans over one hundred miles.
The canyon consists of an upper canyon, where river erosion was inhibited by hard gneiss bedrocks, and a lower canyon formed after erosion had finally worn through the gneisses. Both parts have been declared a national monument in 1962
It is the longest interior river in Namibia. As a result, it cuts deeply into the plateau, which is now dry, stony, and covered with tough drought-resistant plant species. The river generally floods intermittently during late summer; otherwise it becomes a chain of long, narrow pools. Ai-Ais, a hot spring resort, is located at the lower end of the Canyon.
It is obvious that the Canyon Hiking Trail is a popular hike and it is also a challenging hike that attracts hikers and trail runners from all over the world.
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 Canyon Hike season is between (May – September). There must be a minimum of three participants to book the Hike, and children under the age of 12 are not permitted. A typical walk takes between 4-5 days. It is approximately 85km long. Additionally, you must have a recent medical fitness certification in order to complete the hike.