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Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park:

Fish River Canyon

C37/(D324) Road, Hobas, Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Namibia

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4.5 out of 5
4 member's reviews
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  • Fish River Canyon
    Megan Lee
    4 Jun 21, 2013

    A fun and tough hike where you're not likely to run into anyone other than a couple of disgruntled baboons. Be warned: they will throw things at you. I learned the hard way.

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  • Fish River Canyon
    Hayley Van Der Walt
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This hike is NOT for the feint hearted, it's challenging, make sure that you are fit, without injuries and have had some experience hiking. Most people do it in either five or six days, I did it in five, but if I did it again, I'd take six. You'll need to carry everything you for the whole trip, there are no campsites or places to buy provisions. It's isolated and without cellphone reception, so make sure you have a comprehensive first aid kit, food and the right clothing. No need for tents as you can sleep under the stars. The canyon is only open to hiking from May to Sept, but check that to be sure. Water is available enroute, but I have heard of people hiking it when it was bone dry, which would be hard work to carry that much water with you. Lots of boulder hopping, so wear proper boots. Very very hot during the day. The maps supplied via the internet or by the booking agent will be terrible - print it on a colour printer to get the best possible version. We didn't get lost because we had an ace nagivator with us, but the other team on the route at the same time got horribly lost in the heat of the day and ended up doing a 4hr detour - which isn't at all nice when the days are long and hot and knackering anyway. Sensational, brilliant and amazing hike, would do it again some day for sure!

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    Tigalina
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    5 Apr 21, 2013
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  • Fish River Canyon
    Summer Wilms
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    3 Oct 19, 2013
    Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
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Description:

Just when it seems as though the flat lands of Namibia will go on forever, the earth abruptly opens up to reveal the colorful and striated beauty of world’s second largest canyon. The massive 27 km wide,160 km long gulch is found within the Ai-Ais / Richtersveld Transfrontier Park where you can view the dramatic scenery from a number of drive-up look-out points. For a more in-depth experience, hikers may want to obtain permits for the 5 day, 85 km Fish River hiking trail that winds down into the gorge.
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