Aerial view over the Fish River Canyon

Trips and Tours to Fish River Canyon

About Fish River Canyon

Located in the South of Namibia, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in the country. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles long, up to 16 miles wide and in places almost 550 metres deep. The Fish River, from which the canyon gets its name, is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools.

Read More

Upstream the river runs through the horizontal dolomite strata. These strata formed part of the canyon about 650 million years ago when plate movement cracked the earth, the first process in the formation of the Fish River Canyon. Lower down, a granite complex system is exposed to form a characteristic river bed that results in forms like Fingerspitze. In this area, a fault runs north-south, which accounts for the gorge-like channel and the presence of hot sulphurous springs.

The route through the canyon is certainly not for the faint hearted. No facilities are available and hikers sleep outdoors for the entire trip, which usually takes 3 to 5 days to complete. Due to high summer temperatures which frequently exceed 45°C, the hike is only open in winter. The season starts 15 April and ends 15 September. A medical certificate is required to attempt the hike, and groups must consist of at least 3 participants. While this might seem a little daunting to some, the vistas in store make it well worth the effort.

Fish River Canyon Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Fish River Canyon. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Fish River Canyon on a bespoke touring itinerary to Namibia, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.

Swakopmund | Namibia

Cape & Namibia Discovery

11 days FROM €1,380
Elephants at a watering hole in Etosha National Park | Namibia

Namibia & Cape Discovery

11 days FROM €1,449
Crocodile | Chobe National Park | Botswana

Cape, Delta & Falls

19 days FROM €2,268
Deadvlei in Namib Naukluft National Park | Namibia | Africa

Cape, Delta & Falls (Accommodated)

19 days FROM €4,055
Etosha National Park watering hole | Namibia | Africa

Falls, Delta & Cape

19 days FROM €2,078
Woman walking on Dune 45 | Namibia

Falls, Delta & Cape (Accommodated)

19 days FROM €3,542
Walking up Big Daddy sand dune in the Namib Naukluft desert | Namibia | On The Go Tours

Southern Africa Cape to Falls

20 days FROM €2,895
Lady at Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe

Southern Africa Falls to Cape

20 days FROM €2,775
Group at the Tropic of Capricorn | Namibia

Table Mountain to Victoria Falls

20 days FROM €4,525
Elephants in Etosha National Park | Namibia

Victoria Falls to Table Mountain

20 days FROM €4,110
At the top of Dune 45 in the Namib Desert | Namibia | Africa

Cape, Delta, Falls & Kruger

25 days FROM €3,244
Giraffe and zebras | African Safaris | Africa

Kruger, Falls, Delta & Cape

25 days FROM €3,430
Turquoise waters and white sands of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique

Southern Africa Explorer

33 Days FROM €4,628
Sunrise at Spitzkoppe | Namibia

The Big Overlander Northbound

41 days FROM €4,508
Group in the Namib Desert | Namibia

The Big Overlander

43 days FROM €6,048
Riding mokoros in the Okavango Delta | Botswana | Africa

The Big Overlander (Accommodated)

43 days FROM €8,708
Gorillas | Uganda | Africa

Great African Expedition Northbound

56 days FROM €6,881
Masai Tribe | Kenya & Tanzania | Africa

Great African Expedition

58 days FROM €7,858
Show All Tours