Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon in the far south of Namibia close to the South African border is not only the second largest canyon in the world but also Africa’s second deepest gorge. A spectacular scene awaits that has an eerie feel thanks to the few visitors who venture to this remote and desolate area – those who do make the journey are never less than amazed.
The dramatic Fish River Canyon carves a gaping gorge that is rivalled only by the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Blue Nile Gorge in Ethiopia, measuring 160 kilometres in length and 550 metres deep. The panorama across the meandering gorge is breath-taking and is arguably Namibia’s most-impressive geological feature.
Visitor numbers to Fish River Canyon remain low due to its remote location – a significant drive from other points of interest in Namibia or a long drive up from South Africa – but for those with a keen geological or photographic interest, hikers and even mountain bikers it is worth the effort.
Whilst many come just to gaze in wonder at the spectacular scenery or to take a dip in the natural hot springs at |Ai-|Ais, for the most active and adventurous there is the opportunity to go on a four-day hiking trail within the canyon which is not for the faint-hearted.