Discover Fish River Canyon, one of Africa’s finest geological wonders. This epic, snaking chasm is second in size only to the USA’s Grand Canyon and twists like a giant, 160km-long ribbon through the orange-red rock of southern Namibia. In places, it looms 27 kilometres wide and reaches a depth of 550 metres. While science tells us that Fish River Canyon was formed over 500 million years of metamorphose and tectonic movement, local Nama legend instead insists it was birthed by a giant snake writhing in its death throes, hunted by their warriors.
Today, hikers are drawn here to complete the challenging five-day, 85-km trail through the canyon’s Mars-like landscape. If you don’t fancy the walk, there are a series of viewpoints including Hell’s Corner, which shows off the whiplash curve of Fish River Canyon to perfection. In wet season, the Fish River gushes through the canyon, eventually drying into a series of glassy, catfish-filled pools. Game such as shy kudus and rock hyraxes are drawn to this life-giving water source, as well as soaring black eagles and wild horses left behind by colonial German forces.
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