Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon, photo by Bries
Fish River Canyon (photo by Bries)
 

The Fish River Canyon, located in the south of Namibia, is the largest canyon in Africa and one of the largest in the world.

It features a gigantic ravine that totals about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 16 miles (27 km) wide, and nearly 1,800 feet (550 m) deep.

There is a public viewpoint near Hobas, a camp site 43 miles (70 km) north of hot springs resort of Ai-Ais.

The best, if toughest, way to see the canyon is to hike the popular Fish River Canyon Trail. This runs 52 miles (85 km) from Hobas to Ai-Ais. Due to flooding and extremely hot summer temperatures reaching 48°C in the day and 30°C at night, permits are only issued between 1 May and 15 September.

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Featuring air conditioning, Gondwana Canyon Roadhouse is situated in Stamprivier, 100 metres from Swimming pool. Some units have a terrace and/or patio. Each unit is fitted with a private bathroom with a shower. Towels are offered. Average score from 41 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

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Offering accommodation with air conditioning, Gondwana Canyon Village is located in Kanebis, 1.4 km from Horse riding. Swimming Pool is 1.4 km away. Each unit features a private bathroom with a shower. Average score from 109 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

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Featuring free WiFi and a barbecue, Grunau Chalets offers pet-friendly accommodation in Grünau. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find a kettle in the room. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Fish River Lodge

Fish River Lodge

With far-reaching views over Fish River Canyon just below, the private chalets at this property have rooftop windows. Each has an outdoor shower, and an outdoor pool is available. Average score from 208 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$167 - $187

 
$1679.0
Gondwana Canyon Village

Gondwana Canyon Village

Offering accommodation with air conditioning, Gondwana Canyon Village is located in Kanebis, 1.4 km from Horse riding. Swimming Pool is 1.4 km away. Each unit features a private bathroom with a shower. Average score from 109 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$108

 
$1088.6
Gondwana Canyon Lodge

Gondwana Canyon Lodge

Offering an outdoor pool, Gondwana Canyon Lodge is located in Kanebis, 100 metres from Horse riding. Swimming Pool is 500 metres away. There is a private bathroom with a shower in each unit. Towels are featured. Average score from 63 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$155

 
$1558.6
Gondwana Canyon Roadhouse

Gondwana Canyon Roadhouse

Featuring air conditioning, Gondwana Canyon Roadhouse is situated in Stamprivier, 100 metres from Swimming pool. Some units have a terrace and/or patio. Each unit is fitted with a private bathroom with a shower. Towels are offered. Average score from 41 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$115

 
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Grunau Country Hotel

Grunau Country Hotel

Grunau Country Hotel is set in Grünau, 3.5 km from Mt Quarzriff (1127m) and 5 km from Roadside picnic spot. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. You will find a kettle in the room. Average score from 71 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$23

 
$237.2
Grunau Chalets

Grunau Chalets

Featuring free WiFi and a barbecue, Grunau Chalets offers pet-friendly accommodation in Grünau. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find a kettle in the room. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$34

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Natural
Geologic Formations

Africa's Largest Canyon

The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia where it cuts deep into a plateau comprising 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.

This part of the canyon is part of the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The other 90 km of this canyon are privately owned.

The Fish River has its source in the Eastern Naukluft Mountains and in Richtersfeld flows into the Orange River, after travelling for more 650 km through the desert of Southern Namibia. In its lower part (between Seeheim and Ai-Ais) it crosses a mountain range and thereby forms the Fish River Canyon.
Hiking and Trekking
The Fish River Canyon Trail is the primary trail in the park, and among the most popular treks in all of southern Africa. It is a tough trail, 85 km hike from Hobas to Ai-Ais. It typically takes about 5 days. There are a number of footpaths through the canyon, the trail is not fixed leaving the hiker to decide where and how long to hike. There are no amenities on the trail and hikers have to carry all their needs with them.

The weather is usually mild and typical temperatures vary between 5°C and 30°C with little humidity. But it can get blazingly hot during the southern summer.

The trail starts from the car park 13 kilometers west from Hobas.
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