Holidays to The Fish River Canyon and Southern Namibia

Take on the ultimate hiking challenge or simply enjoy the beauty of the world's second largest canyon. Fish River Canyon cuts through a stony semi-desert with drops 500m deep and is home to the seasonal Fish River that flows only if rain falls in its catchment area. Explore the mighty chasm with an 80km hiking trail that takes 4 to 5 days to complete, but leads you through some of the most stunning gorge scenery in southern Africa. Wildlife viewing near the canyon can be difficult as animals are quite elusive, the leopard being chief culprit: most certainly present in the area but very difficult to find.

Eagles Nest Chalets view Spectacular views with holidays to the Fish River Canyon and Southern Namibia Gondwana aerial

Fish River Canyon Highlights

  • The second largest canyon in the world
  • An 80km hiking trail and scenic flights
  • Relaxation in the Ais-Ais Hot Springs
  • Some of the most beautiful gorge scenery in southern Africa
  • Nearby game parks with a number of indigenous flora and fauna
  • Namibia's largest manmade lake - Hardap Dam
  • The flora and fauna of the Kalahari Desert
  • The highest concentration of Quivertrees in Namibia - very photogenic

If you aren't up for the challenge of walking the canyon's rough terrain, then the option to perch in the elegant comfort of a lodge at the top of the canyon is a definite option. These are located in game parks featuring spectacular scenery and endemic plants and animals. Explore these reserves on horseback, on foot, by air, or in an open safari vehicle. A scenic flight will provide a dramatic all-encompassing view that gives you an inkling of the canyon's scale. Attractions like the Ais-Ais Hot Springs near the southern end of the canyon and Warmbad, about two hours' drive from the canyon, are fed by natural springs and an elixir for weary feet.

Southern Namibia is a fascinating slice of the country and while lesser visited it holds a few gems of interest worth spending time exploring. In contrast to the Namib's swirling red dunes, the Kalahari Desert is less arid than a true desert, thanks to higher levels of rainfall. This lends to a slightly more verdant appearance, one that encourages a variety of wildlife to call it home - an interesting alternative to popular Etosha. The spectacle of Namibia's largest congregation of Quivertrees is also a notable stop-off, their skeletal forms against the sunset sets the scene for some striking photography. There's also the chance to visit Hardap Dam and Namibia's largest manmade lake. With holidays to the Fish River Canyon and Southern Namibia experience a unique slice of the country, one seldom seen by the casual traveller.

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Fish River Canyon Accommmodation

All Namibia accommodations
  • Canyon Lodge
    Natural stone chalets

    A mere 20km from the dramatic Fish River Canyon, Canyon Lodge is surrounded by impressive granite boulders and offers charming views and interiors.

  • Canyon Roadhouse

    Only 14km from the gate to the Fish River Canyon, this superb lodge offers a curiously designed restaurant and comfortable rooms. An ideal base for taking in some of the Canyon's magnificent views.

  • Canyon Village
    Cottage bedroom

    Cape Dutch style meets dramatic canyon scenery from this charming offering. A comfortable property, it's ideal for exploring the Fish River Canyon, which lies only 20km away.

  • Central Lodge

    A welcoming property in a fairly arid region, The Central Lodge is perfect for a stopover on the way to Fish River Canyon.

  • Klein Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn
    Desert Horse Inn - aerial view

    Desert Horse Inn is a family-owned, welcoming lodge where you may be forgiven for thinking you have stepped into a old 'Western' movie. It is a good base from which to explore Luderitz.

  • Luderitz Nest Hotel
    Hotel Exterior

    If the lure of finding diamonds brings you to Luderitz, the perfect place to stay will be the Luderitz Nest Hotel. It is on a small peninsula just 1 km from the centre of town, making it the perfect base from which to explore the many attractions of the area.

  • Fish River Lodge
    Fish River Lodge - pool

    A spectacular lodge on the western rim of the Fish River Canyon. This lodge has been built in complete harmony with its surroundings in a minimalist and contemporary style.

  • Klein Aus Vista - Eagles Nest
    Eagles Nest Chalet

    Eagle's Nest chalets are private self-catering retreats offering an attractive base for those who appreciate boundless space, privacy and the out-of-the-ordinary.