Commonly referred to as one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders, the humungous Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia will fascinate any adventurous traveler. It is claimed that the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world coming second only to the Grand Canyon in the United States. It measures 160km in length and up to 27km wide, but those numbers may not mean much until you are actually there, taking in the enormity of it. To fully appreciate this natural wonder, you will need to embark on a long hike, which will test your mental and physical willpower.
After drinking in the views and realizing you are somewhere special, prepare yourself for the hiking adventure that awaits you. While that may seem challenging, the feeling of accomplishment and wonder you will receive at the end far outweighs the struggles of the hike.
The Fish River trail takes 5 days to complete, beginning in Hobas and ending in Ai-Ais. It’s a long 85km route, but you will be rewarded along the way with some of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes. Due to extreme weather conditions, the trail is only available from May to September.
Here is a brief outline of what you can expect;
There are a few things you need to know in preparation of your hike
The Fish River Trail is by no means easy, but if you are going to journey out to Namibia, it really can’t be missed. It is one of the most beautiful trails in Africa and if you brave it you will not be disappointed by the stunning nature. Hiking Fish River Canyon is one of the most adventurous trails you will embark on but by completing it you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful excursions in Africa.
Apart from the trail, self-drive tourists, photographers and nature lovers are attracted to this long, thin, gallivant river, which has over 1600 different plant species. Other outstanding points are at Hell's Corner and Sulpher Springs. The environment of this eye-catching surrounding embraces a number of habitats, grasping several species of mammals, reptiles, insects and fish that live within the river's natural pools.
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