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Fish River Canyon


The Fish River Canyon 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 the Fish River is magnificent and breathtaking. The Fish River Canyon formed some 500 million years ago. It 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 is situated at Hobas campsite and is 10 kilometres to the canyon where there are stunning views. The canyon drops out of nowhere by half a kilometre, out of a flat plateau. As with most rivers in Namibia the Fish River is generally dry except during the raining season (January to April) when the river can become a raging torrent.

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