The awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon - Safaris to Namibia

Enjoy the Fish River Canyon, a truly spectacular part of your Namibia safari. The second largest canyon in the world Fish River.

The splendid Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon of its kind in Africa and the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia complete with great accommodation and packages.  

Famous for its overnight hikes within the Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, the 161 km long Fish River Canyon takes off near Seeheim and ends at Ais Ais. It is more than 500 m deep at its deepest and 27 km at its widest, second only to the Grand Canyon in the USA. To get there, take the path at Hell’s Bend from the campsite at Hobas. 

Water erosion and shifts in the earth’s crust created the canyon around 500 million years ago and ancient Stone Age sites date back as far as 50,000 years ago. It’s all linked to the separation of the continent, Gondwana, about 120 million years ago.

Did you know?

The 800 km seasonal Fish River is the longest canyon in Namibia, rising in the arid Naaukluft Mountains in the east, flowing into the Hardap dam and then into the Gariep River 100 km from the sea.


  • The popular campsite near Hobas is also a viewpoint in the ǀAi-ǀAis/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. 
  • An amazing 84 tree species and over 100 endemic plant species in one of the 25 recognized biological hotspots in the world. 
  • Rock hyrax, ground squirrel, Jackal buzzard, kudu, baboons, ostrich, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, and Hartmann’s zebra.
  • The Ais Ais sulfurous hot springs in a well-equipped spa complex with heated pools, comfy accommodation, and a restaurant.

Contact Voyage2Africa to plan your Fish River Canyon hike and holiday on a package tour to Namibia.

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