All of us can agree that Grand Canyon is a masterpiece of nature! It’s something beautiful that should see everybody. But, do you know where the second biggest canyon in the world is?
If you answer Africa than you are correct. Fish River Canyon is located in the African country Namibia, a beautiful place with many places to see. The canyon is the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. If you get there, you would expect lots of tourists, excellent asphalt road, but you’re mistaken. Most of the time, this magical place is almost empty, and you can meet there with few people.
Important places at the Google maps
Check your tires!
As we speak about the road, which consists of sand and a lot of sands. It’s crucial to check the pressure on your tires and make sure that it is not too high. When you drive the road most of the time, it’s sunny time, and the sun continually increasing tire pressure. That fact can damage your tires, so be careful and CHECK it when it is possible.
Probably you are going to the Fish River Canyon by your rented car, and maybe you have few thoughts if you can reach a canyon with only two wheels drive? Yes, it possible (if it’s not too rainy), but for your comfort and the other purposes through Namibia. I highly recommended renting a 4×4 Toyota- Hilux is the best car for African “roads. “
Let’s tell some interesting facts:
- Canyon ravine is 100 km long, up to 27 km wide, and in some places almost 550 meters deep.
- Through the canyon “flows” Fish River, which is practically drained and nowadays you can see only small basins.
- The best-known attractions are the Fish River Canyon, its five-day hiking trail, and the hot springs at /Ai-/Ais. The track is recommended only for people with good physical condition. It’s take five days, and you have to take everything with you (water, food, clothes, medicals…), and it’s boiling there.
- The region experiences deficient rainfall, from less than 120 mm in the north (Summer rainfall) to less than 50 mm in the southwest (Winter rainfall)
- The park is characterized by the Nama Karoo and Succulent Karoo biomes (ecosystems); the latter has the largest vegetation species on any desert environment in the world.
- The Huns Mountains region in the north-west of the park is one of the least accessible areas in Namibia. The mountains contain the Apollo 11 Cave, where some of the oldest rock art on the Earth can be found.
- Traces of human activity dating back to Homo erectus, between 0.5 and 2 million years ago. The park region is also an essential setting for Namibia’s colonial history and the history of the Nama people.
- The average temperature is moderate (approximately 18 °C) and becomes gradually cooler towards the coast. However, in summer, temperatures at the bottom of the Fish River Canyon can reach 50 °C!
- There are two overnight accommodation establishments on the Namibia side of the park. The Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa at Ai-Ais in the Fish River Canyon offers luxurious flats, bungalows, and a campsite. There is also an indoor spa, a restaurant, and a kiosk. The Hobas Campsite, 10 km from here, offers campsites, braai (barbecue) facilities, a kiosk, and a swimming pool.
- What type of animals lives here? Herons, Nile Monitor, Scorpion, Vervet Monkey, Tortoise, African Fish Eagle, Baboon, Hammerkop, Agama, Gecko, Hartman’s Mountain Zebra, Klipspringer…
Ok, that is something about how to get to the Fish River Canyon.
When you are coming to The Hobas Campsite, it’s the place where you can stay and also buy tickets/permission to enter the canyon. You can pay there by cash and even with the card. If you would like to pay with the card, be very careful, because 7 out of 10 times the electricity doesn’t work, so only option is paying in cash.
I recommend buying some food before and eat your meal at the Fish River Canyon to enjoy this magic place. You will find here an excellent shelter with a few benches and also toilets.
It’s a lot of birds at the Fish River point, and if you are not watchful, they will steal your meal. And no worries, they are not going to hurt people.
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- When you are heading to visit Fish River Canyon, one of the recommended places to stop is Ai-Ais. Where you can swim or chill at the Namibian desert nature.
- It’s nice to stop at the roadhouse refresh with an ice-cold beer or non- alcoholic drinks after visiting the canyon. The roadhouse is very lovely with lots of old cars.