Begin your journey at a secluded lodge nestled in a grove of Quiver Trees. Watch as Black Eagles enjoy thermal updrafts, or take some time to explore the fascinating desert adapted plants that thrive in this unique ecosystem.  Spot rare mountain zebra and elusive klipspringer, oryx or kudu roaming the remote valleys and side canyons, or look for the Cape clawless otter, fish eagle and other water-loving species that inhabit the permanent pools along the river. Take a hike through the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world before camping under the beautiful desert star-scape. Hike further along the spectacular river bed, watching out for diverse water birds or taking a refreshing dip in a rock pool. Finish with a challenging climb out of the canyon and a well-earned lunch accompanied by panoramic views.

Highlights

  • Fish River Canyon

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Iconic geology and diverse wildlife

Fish River Lodge

Set in a grove of ancient Quiver trees, the Lodge has been carefully designed to echo the rugged terrain as well as the colours and textures of the landscape. There is a blend of old and new furnishings and many of the accessories have been made by San and Nama communities.

Black eagles enjoy the thermal updrafts and fascinating desert adapted plants thrive in this unique eco system. Rare mountain zebra and elusive klipspringer, oryx and kudu roam the remote valleys and side canyons, whilst Cape clawless otter, fish eagle and other water-loving species inhabit the permanent pools along the river.

The geology of the canyon is as fascinating as the archaeology and for the expert or the curious, there is much to discover and learn. Ancient pictoglyph sites are in abundance as are Stone Age tools, a reminder of those who wandered the landscape and took refuge at permanent water holes in this harsh terrain thousands of years ago.

With 45 000 hectare situated in Canyon Nature Park, including 60 km of river frontage, Fish River Lodge offers you space to explore, time to relax and friendly staff to make you feel welcome.

The Lodge has 20 comfortable and spacious en suite chalets set apart to give you privacy during your stay, with breath-taking views to the east directly over the Canyon and beyond. Furnishings have been deliberately kept simple (without compromising on comfort) in order not to detract from the views over the canyon. At Fish River Lodge you may feel as though you are literally on the edge of eternity.

Accommodation: Fish River Lodge
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Day 2: Iconic geology and diverse wildlife

Hiking the Canyon

This morning at 08:00 you will be shuttled to the first lower point of the canyon and the hike will start will start from there. The first day hike will be an enjoyable14 km hike where you will descent down to the first level of the canyon, known as the upper canyon, and across the rocky plains to the camp. Be on the lookout for Kudu, Oryx, Springbok, Klip Springer and maybe the elusive Mountain Zebra.

The estimated arrival time at the camp is 15H00. After the day’s sweaty hike, you will have the opportunity to unwind and relax with ice cold drinks and snacks while watching the sun set over the plains of the upper canyon.

Dinner at the camp will be accompanied by the warm campfire and the friendly camp service.

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Day 3: Camping adventure and panoramic views

Fish River Hike

Another small decent to get from the upper canyon to the lower canyon where the actual river is flowing. You will enjoy the 17 km walk down stream along the river bed where you may observe a variety of water birds including Heron, Goshawk and Fish Eagle.

Depending on the season, there might be wonderful water pools where you can cool down in. The second camp will be at the natural pool in between oldest rock formation, Namaqua Metamorphic Complex, which is an excellent place to swim and to be taken back millions of years.

Departure from the first camp on the second day of hiking is 08H00 and arrival at the second camp is at about 16H00. Again, the guests can enjoy a relaxing sundowner with snacks and drinks followed by dinner.

Destination: Fish River Canyon
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Day 4: Camping adventure and panoramic views

Depart / Onward with your Journey

Option 1: Hike back to the lodge with perhaps the most physically challenging route out of the canyon. This route is 8 to 10 km where you will cross over the plains of the upper canyon and into the gorges that will take you out of the canyon. With departure at 07H30, arrival time at the lodge is estimated to be 12H00. Departure for Aus at 13H00 after enjoying lunch with the panoramic view of the Fish River Canyon from the lodge.

Option 2: Depart at 09H00 and drive back to the lodge with arrival at the lodge at 12H00. Departure for Aus at 13H00 after enjoying lunch with the panoramic view of the Fish River Canyon from the lodge.

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