Fish River Canyon, the 2nd largest canyon in the world

Fish River Canyon, the 2nd largest canyon in the world

We spent 2 days at the Fish River Canyon trying to absorb its beauty and enjoy the unbelievable view, silence and peace. The second largest canyon in the world is 160km long, up to 27km wide and the inner canyon reaches a depth of 550m. There is a 5-day hike through it, but this time we decided for the bird view only. Although we could have carried our belongings, including food and water ourselves, and the temperature reaches only 40ºC…

Instead we allowed ourselves a 2–night stay at the Fish River Lodge, located directly at the steep flank of the Canyon, with a gorgeous view. As it is very difficult to describe the beauty of this monumental spot, this time we let the pictures talk for us, we just briefly summarize here our stay:

Our Fish River Canyon Inventory

  • 2 x 18 kms in 45 minutes (each) to reach and leave the lodge on a bumpy access-road (luckily in a 4×4)
  • 1 x breathtaking view to enjoy
  • 2 x excellent dinners on the terrace of the lodge
  • 1 x bottle of excellent South-African wine to accompany the steaks
  • 2 x extremely windy, but super starry nights
  • 1 x 12 km hike along the canyon
  • 1 x day without sitting in the car… 😀

Gallery

(Some of the pictures are from the Oranje River, where we also spent 2 days before heading to the Canyon.)

13 thoughts on “Fish River Canyon, the 2nd largest canyon in the world

  • January 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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    What an experience this must be! I find this natural / geological formations absolutely fascinating and your photos are out of this world.

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    • January 16, 2017 at 7:46 pm
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      Thank you for your feedback – we’re happy you liked it!

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  • January 11, 2017 at 2:45 am
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    Ok you have officially put Namibia on my bucket list! Fish River Canyon looks absolutely gorgeous & I’ve heard beautiful things about the people of Namibia. Do you know what’s the largest canyon in the world, is it the Grand Canyon?

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  • January 10, 2017 at 1:01 pm
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    Namibia is one of those places I’m really keen to visit but I’ve got no idea when I’ll manage to get there. When I do I’ll make sure I get to Fish River Canyon – it looks fabulous!

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  • January 10, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    Your photos are amazing! I like the one of the aloe on the rocks.

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    • January 10, 2017 at 11:28 am
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      Thanks! For that one I was hanging out over the cliff and Werner had to hold me… 😀

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  • January 9, 2017 at 9:05 pm
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    It looks very tempting!
    Putting it on my travel list! Can you recommend other cool things to do and see in Namibia? Is it safe to go there now?
    Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    • January 10, 2017 at 9:46 am
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      It is a beautiful country.
      We enjoyed Hoanib Riverbed (desert elephants), Epupa and Etosha as well. There was no single moment we’ve felt unsafe during our 4 weeks stay.
      You’ll like it too!!

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  • January 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm
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    Amazing photos! I like how you catched the scenery and the atmosphere, pretty majestic! Looks like somehow feeling totally free, no one else around…
    For me these would be perfect moments for recharging the batteries I guess. Great inspiration!

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    • January 9, 2017 at 8:19 pm
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      It was indeed one of the magic moments on this trip.

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  • September 30, 2016 at 5:06 pm
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    Hi Juli and Werner,

    beautiful view, beautiful pics again. And finally, I got to see the rooftop tent in use :). Is it comfortable?

    Have fun!
    Dani

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    • October 7, 2016 at 6:14 pm
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      Hi Dani,
      there are more beautiful pics to come :-)) it’S amazing here.
      Your sister is in permanent “click” mode on her camera.
      The rooftop is more comfortable than expected – at least if the outside temperature is above 15 degrees.
      BRgds
      Werner+Julia

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