Canyons are one of the most spectacular geological formations on Earth. From the Grand Canyon in the United States to the gorges of the Yangtze River in China, these are some of the most awe-inspiring and beloved places to visit on Earth.
Africa is also the home of a collection of beautiful canyons, and none is more gorgeous than Fish River Canyon in the country of Namibia.
The largest canyon in Africa, this geological wonder is located in the south of the country near its border with South Africa. Stretching 17 miles wide and up to 1,804 feet deep, the Fish River cuts through ancient gneiss to make a sight that must be seen to be believed.
There is a wide variety of activities that can be done in this special area depending on when you visit and the type of visit you want to do.
Intrepid hikers can do the Fish River Hiking Trail, which takes up to 5-7 days through the canyon’s ravine and can only be done in winter when temperatures are low enough to allow for strenuous physical activity.
Most people who visit this special area throughout the year stick to the numerous lodges and campsites at both the northern and southern edges of the park, which are accessible by car. You’ll find all kinds of lookouts to see panoramic views of this magical place.
In short, if you’re planning a trip to southern Africa or Namibia, adding Fish River Canyon to your list of places to see is an absolute must!