Fish River Canyon, Namibia

 

The Fish River Canyon, is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. 

The Fish River Canyon is located in southern Namibia and is part of the Ai-Ais / Richtersveld Transfrontier Park shared between Namibia and South Africa. It is a spectacular arid mountain landscape deeply scarred through millions of years of crustal movement, erosion and the perennial Fish River that still snakes its way far below.

Although it is often claimed to be the world’s second largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon is smaller than Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge and is thus only Africa’s second largest canyon. It is 161 kms long, 27 kms wide and 550 m at its deepest point.

Things to see and do in and around the Fish River Canyon

The Main Viewpoint at Hobas is located in the northern part of the Fish River Canyon, 10 kms after the Hobas Campsite, and is the highest and most accessible area to observe the Fish River Canyon. From here and on either side there are awesome views of the surrounding landscapes.

Between the Main Viewpoint and the Hobas Campsite there is a road heading south to Sulphur Springs Viewpoint which affords more breathtaking views of the Fish River Canyon.