Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this spectacular landscape will leave you speechless. The towering rock faces and deep ravines carved out by water erosion were further formed by the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth’s crust some 500 million years ago. The canyon stretches 160km in length and up to 27km wide and nearly 550m deep. The Fish River is the longest river in Namibia, traveling over 800 km from its beginnings in the Namib-Naukluft Mountains to its confluence with the Orange River only 110 km east of its departure into the Atlantic Ocean.
Fish River Canyon is situated in the far south of Namibia on the border with South Africa and to the east of Sperrgebeit (Diamond Mining Area 1).
Fish River Canyon can be included as part of any itinerary. To learn more about our itineraries, click on one of the sample itinerary links below:
- Namibia Sample Self Drive Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Guided Safari Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Classic Fly & Guided Safari Itinerary
Best Times to Go
The best time to go to Fish River Canyon is between the months of May – September when the winter is at its peak and the weather is comfortable. If you’re planning on backpacking the 5 day trail, the hike can only be done from April 15 to September 15, due to extreme temperatures soaring past 40°C in the summers and the possibility of flash floods during the rainy season.
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