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In the far south of the country the Fish River Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon in size, is spectacular and deserted.

At its base, the Fish River twists and turns, its clear water tumbling over rocks.

Fish River Canyon, NamibiaWe recommend taking an early morning ramble along the canyon where the bark of baboons echoes around the rocks and klipspringers dart up gullies. The view from the top is breathtaking.

There are no shops or kiosks here, just a bench in the shade. On a busy day there might be one other person visiting it, thus the chances of finding a rock to sit on and having the view to yourself are high.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Fish River Canyon

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Fish River Canyon, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Fish River Canyon

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Fish River Canyon. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Standard Room, Canyon Lodge, Fish River Canyon

      Canyon Lodge


      Canyon Lodge is full of character and its lovely sitting outside your room watching the dassies, mongooses and birds. It is also one of the coolest places to stay around the Canyon as being that little bit higher up it catches any breeze there is.

    • Canyon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon

      Canyon Roadhouse


      Canyon Roadhouse is very original and has lots of character. It's good value for money and well located for trips to the canyon.

    • Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon

      Fish River Lodge


      Fish River Lodge has a superb location with incredible views over the impressive Fish River Canyon. There are twenty comfortable, modern chalets based in a privately owned reserve.

    Ideas for experiencing Fish River Canyon

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Fish River Canyon, and which use the best local guides.

    • Fish River Canyon Hiking
      Fish River Canyon, Namibia

      Fish River Canyon Hiking

      Fish River Canyon Hiking

      Fish River Canyon, often compared to America's Grand Canyon, is one of Namibia's least visited wonders with incredible scenery but often challenging trekking conditions.

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