The Fish River Canyon:
The Fish River is 549 meters deep and covers a distance of 90 kilometers to its end at Ai-Ais. Its widest point measures 27 kilometers. It is considered to be the second-largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.
- Starts from main view point 10 km from Hobas and ends in Ai-Ais. It is approximately 80 kilometers long and takes 4 to 5 days to complete
- The trail is open from May to September (it is closed for the summer to avoid the scorching heat and danger of flash floods)
- A minimum of three people per hiking party is allowed (and a limit of 40 people per day)
- A recent medical certificate is required
- All bookings can be made through Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR)
- Several viewpoints give the visitor different panoramas over the impressive canyon depths.
- The main canyon viewpoint has a newly built shelter with picnic tables and information boards, providing a view of a horseshoe bend in the river.
- Hikers Point, the beginning of the trail, extends three kilometers to the north and to the south, and Sunset Point, Rocky Point and The Edge lead to the Sulphur Springs viewpoint, eight kilometers down the stony road.
What to expect
- This is a wilderness area
- There are no ablution or accommodation facilities along the way
- It is safe to drink water from the river
- Days are warm and nights are cool to cold
What is required
A good toilet etiquette far from paths and the river (dig holes and burn and bury all toilet paper)
Respect for the environment
That you take everything out of the canyon that you bring in
And that you come with a sense of wonder, as you will be having a true Namibian wilderness experience!
Namib-Naukluft Hiking Trail:
The eight-day, 120-kilometer (74.5-mile) Naukluft hiking trail is regarded as one of Africa’s toughest.
8-Day trail – The first four days make up the 4-Day Trail
- Day 1 - Starting at the main Campsite, an easy 14km hike with only two fairly steep ascents. You are rewarded with magnificent views of the valley some 300m below. A shower awaits you at the overnight shelter at Putte, after a relatively easy six-hour hike.
- Day 2 – 15Km of mainly undulating ground. You descend into Ubusis kloof where chains have been anchored in the rock where negotiation would otherwise be difficult. At the end of a six-hour hike, you may be surprised by the Ubusis shelter, which used to be a holiday cottage.
- Day 3 – After backtracking to ‘Bergpos’, the day’s hike is a comfortable 12km across the plateau. The chances of spotting Kudu and Zebra are very good. Four to six hours hiking brings you to the Adlerhorst shelter.
- Day 4 - A 17km hike takes you along the Tsams River gorge with one steep ascent to bypass a waterfall. A number of beautiful springs greet you shortly before the Tsams Ostshelter. You should manage this day’s hike in six to seven hours. [This then is where the 4-day hike ends]
- Day 5 - 17Km which should take six to seven hours take you up an initial steep ascent up ‘Broekskeur’ after which the trail meanders through patches of euphorbias and quiver-trees. Water bottles can be replenished at ‘Fonteinpomp’, which is about one third of the way to Die Valle shelter.
- Day 6 – Climbing steeply, the trail brings you to the top of the ‘Die Valle’ waterfall which is some 200m high. Although normally dry, it is still a magnificent sight. A total of 16km in about six hours’ hiking gets you to the Tufa shelter for the night.
- Day 7 – A steep ascent up a well-vegetated kloof presents another waterfall which is scaled with the help of chains. Today you reach ‘Bakenkop’, the highest point on the trail from where you look down at the Tsondap river valley 600m below. A five hour hike over 14km brings you to the Kapokvlakte shelter.
- Day 8 – The final 16km should take about five hours hiking, culminating in crystal clear pools about 40 minutes away from the end. No doubt you will enjoy a swim at this stage. This also forms part of the day trail, and returns you to the campsite where you started.
Note -Days 7 and 8 can be combined. This should only be attempted by extremely fit hikers.
- Open: From 01st March till 3rd Friday in October, start possible on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays of each week
Once in the Naukluft pulling out is difficult.
- In case of emergency, rescue may be difficult (there is no mountain rescue service). Therefore, hikers must present a medical certificate no older than 40 days, complete an indemnity form and to take out medical and medical evacuation insurance with sufficient cover.
- Extreme weather, such as flash floods, stormy winds, cold and rain occasionally can occur during the hiking season. Please see the section on climate and our indemnity policy.
- Due to limited availability bookings must be made in time.
- The trail poses special challenges to the fitness of the hiker. Please note that the temperatures can be extreme. The Naukluft is known for its heat but also icy cold.
- The accommodation at the overnight stops on the trail consists of very basic shelters and huts, which are not cleaned regularly. If facilities are provided, they are very basic.
- Especially after the rainy season, but also later, a lot of bees, red wasps (and other stinging insects) occur in the Naukluft. It might be that we find them in the huts or under rocks. Especially, if you are sensitive to stings you might take this into consideration.
- Hiking the Naukluft with us means to be accompanied by a guide with all details of the hike being organized by us. You can just focus on your hiking experience in the wilderness of the Naukluft Mountains.
Waterberg Wilderness Trail
During the dry season, from April to November, there are also two hikes organised: an accompanied one in the west of the park, and an unguided alternative in the south. There are no better ways to experience this game park, though reservations must be made months in advance. You need to bring your own sleeping bag, food and cooking utensils. During both walks you will sleep in stone shelters, provided with simple long-drop toilets and water.The three-day accompanied 42km hiking trail runs from 14.00 on Thursday to Sunday afternoon, on the second, third and fourth weekends from April to November. Each hike takes just one group of between six and eight people. The trail starts at Onjoka Gate, the wildlife administration centre, from where the group is driven up onto the plateau. There is no set trail to follow; the warden leading the trail will just guide you across the plateau and go wherever looks interesting. The distance covered will depend on the fitness and particular interests of the group, but 10–15km per day would be typical. This is not an endurance test, but an excellent way to get to know more about the environment with the help of an expert guide.
The four-day unguided 50km trail runs during the same period, but starts every Wednesday at 09.00, and returns on Saturday. Only one group of three to ten people is allowed on the trail each week.
Walkers start at the resort office, following the road up to the Mountain View trail and then onto the top of the escarpment, where the trail itself begins. From here it is a relatively short 42km. The first night is spent at the Otjozongombe shelter, and the second and third nights at the Otjomapenda shelter, allowing you to make a circular day-walk of about 8km. This all takes place around the spectacular sandstone kopjes on the southern edge of the plateau.
Daan Viljoen trails
there's tree hike to take - 3Km Wag-n-bietjie trail / the 9km Rooibos / the 32km uncompanied Sweet-Thorn
see link for more info: Daan Viljoen Game Park in Namibia - Footprint Travel Guides
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