The formation of the Fish River Canyon could be
said to have commenced about 350 million years ago when tectonic
activity caused an enormous and lengthy block of rock to subside
creating a valley along which the off-flow of surface water formed a
great river. The waters have since cut a meandering path through the
softer rock to the depths can can be seen today, 550 meters at the
'Main View Point'. At its widest point the Canyon is over 28km
across. The canyon is the second largest in the world, coming after the
Grand Canyon in the USA.
Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail:
For the adventurous, there is a hiking trail along
the bottom of the Canyon that starts from the Hikers
Point near to the main view point. It takes 4-5 days and ends at
Hiking groups allowed are a minimum of 3 people to a maximum of 40.
Children under the age of 12 are not allowed. You are not allowed to
descend into the Canyon without a permit to hike the
trail and you are subject to the terms and conditions.
Acknowledgements and further reading: G1, G2, GV1, GV6, P1
The Fish River Canyon lays within a National Park area, so there are
entrance fees payable to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The
camping facilities at Hobas are operated by Namibia Wildlife Resorts.