As the Fish River is dammed in Hardap, it usually carries only a small amount of water. However, after a heavy rainfall, it quickly turns into a raging torrent.
The Fish River canyon has become a popular hiking destination. Hikes require a good physical health, however, and should only be undertaken during the cooler winter months between Mai and September. A permit from Nature Conservation in Windhoek must be obtained. The hike lasts for 5 days, the length is 86 kilometres. Much easier - but also bery attractive - hikes are offered in the bordering private "Canyon Nature Park".
Top: The Fish River Canyon. Left: The road to Ai-Ais leads through the rugged Koubis massif.
The Fish River canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. It developed predominantly during the pluvial times - rainy climatic epochs - many millions of years ago. With its depth of up to 550 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, following the Grand Canyon in America. The enormous gorge winds along a distance of approx. 160 kilometres through the fissured Koubis massif all the way down to Ai-Ais.