Spacer Spacer
I Dream Africa

I Dream Africa

Fish River Canyon


The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is the second largest canyon in the world (the largest being the Grand Canyon). There is a lot of debate as to whether or not this is indeed the second largest canyon in the world, most of the arguments seem to hinge on how one actually measures the 'size' of a canyon. Regardless of its ranking in the world of big canyons the Fish River is absolutely magnificent and breathtaking. The Fish River Canyon probably formed about 500 million years ago, however was not only created by water erosion, but through the collapse of the valley bottom due to movements in the earth's crust.

The canyon is part of a nature conservation park. The gate to this park is at Hoba’s campsite and from here a further 10 kilometers to the main viewpoint for the canyon which offers stunning views. When you arrive at the canyon, you have no idea it is there. It drops vertically by half a kilometer, out of a flat arid plateau without any warning. As with most rivers in Namibia the Fish River is generally dry, however in the raining season (January to April) the river can become a raging torrent.

The Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail is one of the most famous hikes in Southern Africa. The hike covers a distance of 86km in the base of the canyon, over 5 days with absolutely no facilities, hikers are required to carry everything and find whatever water they can in semi-permanent pools.

For more information you can visit our website at