Fish River Canyon
Trekking the Fish River Canyon is an extraordinary adventure, 5 days in full autonomy with nature.
Number of participants: 2- 3
Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon, in Namibia, is reputed to be the second largest canyon in the world, only being surpassed by the Grand Canyon. It is approximately 180kms long and stretches south from Seeheim down to the Orange river which forms the border between Namibia and South Africa. The Fish River Hiking Trail follows 85km of the canyon. This camping hike, starts from the main view point near Hobas, and ends at Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa.
• The walk is approximately 85km long, and usually takes between 4-5 days to complete.
• A decent level of fitness is essential.
• You will have to carry your own equipment every day (all together approximately 12–15 kg per person.).
• The park is open for these trails from May 1 to September 15 each year.
• A maximum of 30 persons per day are allowed into the canyon for hiking.
• Children under the age of 12 are not permitted.
• No facilities are available and hikers sleep outdoors for the entire trip.
The trail starts from the main view point about 12kms from the campsite at Hobas. The steep descent into the Fish River Canyon takes between 1-2hrs and most consider this to be the most strenuous section of the trail. At the bottom of the descent, there is a large sandbank that makes an ideal campsite for the first night of the trail.
From Hobas to Palm Springs:
This section of the trail should take 2 days to complete, (that's if you are expecting to complete the Fish River Hike in 5 days.) The terrain is rugged, and marked by large boulders and rock pools. Palm Springs is the site of thermal sulphur pools, the perfect venue to rejuvenate those tired and aching muscles. Date palms grow around the spring, which give rise to the place name.
Palm Springs to the Causeway:
After breakfast there is a climb up a hill, with beautiful views of a rock formation consisting of four thick pinnacles, known as the 'Four Finger Rock,' from the top. Another highlight along the trail is the 'Von Trotha's Grave.' Second Lieutenant Thilo von Trotha died here in 1905 during a confrontation between German soldiers and native Nama's. As a reliable source of water, the Fish River has always been considered as an oasis of life, so watch out for the many mammals, reptiles, plants and insects along the way.
The Causeway to Ai-Ais:
This last part of the trail takes about 4 / 5hrs. The canyon is much wider and the hiking is easier - the thought of a cold beer and a dip in the hot springs at Ai-Ais, should be all the motivation needed to see you home!
Medical certificate required by Namibian authorities.