TRAVEL TO THE FISH RIVER CANYON
The great Fish River Canyon was originally formed millions of years ago when a fracture in the crust of the earth caused a collapse of the valley floor in the area. The Fish River, rising in the highlands in the central part of Namibia and flowing toward Namibia's Southern border with South Africa, follows it.
The Canyon is a large and vast one - 160km long and ½ a kilometer deep in places - and second in size only to Ethiopia's Blue Nile gorge in Africa. Today, the canyon forms part of the Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, spanning from Namibia across into South Africa.
Its an area of breathtaking scenery of immense proportion, and although it is not a region to view large game, it is home to many species of smaller wildlife and birdlife, as well as its own unique fauna and flora. It can also be a great location for hiking and photography.
The Fish River Lodge is perched on the edge of the canyon and offers some spectacular views across the canyon.
A FOUR-NIGHT HIKING ADVENTURE
The Fish River Canyon hiking trail is one of the most famous in Southern Africa, consisting of a 4-5 day hike in the base of the canyon that is well worth undertaking. It can either be done alone or as a guided hike, which, given the conditions and limited facilities en-route, can be the best option for many.