Fish River Canyon Day Trip

Fish River Canyon in the Ais-Ais National Park is the worlds second largest canyon, short only to the Grand Canyon in the United States. The Fish River cuts through the canyon that is 160km (100 miles) long and 27km wide (17 miles). The Fish River normally floods in late summer, and flows intermittently through the year, sometimes with large puddles rather than a flowing river.

This arid region gets extremely hot, especially in summers, up to 50 degrees Celsius, making this a seasonal place to visit. Although open year round, it is suggested to go between April and September. There is a famous 5 day hike in the canyon, open from May 1 to September 15 hikes 2km down the canyon wall to the Fish River, and is a 5 day hike 88 km along the river from Hobas to Ais-Ais.


How to Get There

From C12 go to Hobas to the park entrance. Just outside of the park gate, there is a road directly to Ais-Ais, a 1 hour drive. Alternatively take C10 off highway B1 to Ais-Ais.

Park Fee’s and Hours

Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Fee’s: $60 NAD per person per day and $10 NAD per vehicle per day

Fish River Canyon, Hobas, Ais-Ais, Namibia

Fish River Canyon

What to Do

Hobas: start in the Northern part of the park and drive to several viewpoints to see the massive canyon and the Fish River cutting through it. 2wd is ok to get to the main viewpoints, but it is recommended for 4wd to see all of them.

Ais-Ais: at the southern part of the park, Ais-Ais is the main campground and home to a hot spring. There are 2 swimming pools and a small beach off the Fish River for day swimming.

Hike: Between May and September, check into the 5 day hike with NWR at Hobas. Permits are available beginning May 1.

Ais-Ais National Park, Namibia

Ais-Ais Swimming Pools


Where to Stay

Ais-Ais campground is your best option for camping and lodging. They have a small store and restaurant as well.

Cost: $168 NAD per person per day camping. Rooms available from $1060 NAD per day.

Alternate Option: If you are continuing from Namibia to South Africa, you also could stay at the Orange River 1 hour south of Ais-Ais. Here you will stay right next to the border crossing into South Africa.

Stay: Felix Unite Camping from $150 NAD per person


Namibia Articles

  • Etosha National Park click HERE

  • Himba Village Tour in Opuwo click HERE

  • Swakopmund and Outdoor Adventures click HERE

  • Naukluft Mountains Hike click HERE

  • Sossusvlei and Deadvlei click HERE

  • Luderitz and Kolmanskop Ghost Town click HERE

  • Fish River Canyon


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Visited in March 2016.


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