Hike the 2nd largest canyon in the world

Shifts and changes in the earth’s crust some 500 million years ago resulted in severe water erosion and collapsing valleys that left plunging ravines and looming rock faces in its wake. This area is today known as the Fish River Canyon, one of Namibia’s (many) crowning glories and the 2nd largest canyon in the world.

Stretching across 160km in length, 27km in width and depths sometimes reaching 550m, the nature of the canyon varies depending on what time of year you visit. An arid expansive riverbed in the dry season morphs into a rushing rainy-season torrent – both equally stunning contrasts. The canyon (and the country at large) is a mecca for self-drive enthusiasts, amateur and pro photographers, outdoorsmen and nature lovers worldwide who flock to the alluring brink of the winding river. 

The canyon’s most popular and expansive viewpoint overlooking the gorge can be reached by a swift 10km drive from the gate at Hobas Campsite. A myriad of wildlife can be found in the canyon from the Goliath heron and Nama padloper tortoise to the leopard, bat-eared fox and mountain zebra. One of southern Africa’s most popular hiking trails is in the canyon and is often completed over a period of 4-5 days.

Highlights

  • Second largest natural canyon in the world 
  • Popular with hikers, photographers and nature lovers
  • Diverse habitats supporting a variety of mammals, reptiles, insects, fish and bird life
  • Various lodge and camping facilities available in the area
  • Home to one of southern Africa’s most popular hiking trails
  • Best time to go:
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  • Mixed

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