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Fish River Hiking Trail

Hiking in the world’s second largest Canyon

During the months of April to September the Fish River Lodge offers 2-5 day guided hikes in the Fish River. In the world’s second largest canyon the hiker awaits grand landscapes, breath-taking vistas, unforgettable sundowners, intensive game and bird viewing, fascinating insights into the geology of Namibia and much more.

Specifications

Type
Hiking Trail
Sleep
Lodge
Camping
Campsites
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Location
Fish River Canyon
Activities
  • 2 Day hiking trail
  • 3 Day hiking trail
  • 5 Day hiking trail

Guided extravagant Fish River hikes

The hikes of the Fish River Lodge of several day’s duration in a rugged terrain far off of any possibilities of supply exceed the expectations of all participants. The sophisticated service package of the Fish River hike includes all drinks, meals, transport and activities as well as the set-up of the overnight camps. The number of participants is limited to 2-10 persons. Accommodation is in tents fully furnished with bucket showers, stretchers and duvets. The participants only have to carry a small day bag with sun protection, camera and binoculars. The rest of the luggage is transported by the lodge team to the respective camps.

Further information for participants

  • Participation is only allowed for persons 16 years and older
  • A good health and sufficient level of fittness is required. The hiker needs good, closed shoes preferably ones which habe been walked in already.
  • The hiking tours start and end at the lodge.
  • As the temperatures fluctuate greatly warm clothes for cool nights should be packed.
  • Don’t forget your swimming costume!
  • The Lodge provides lunch packs and water.

Photos

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Hiking packages offered by the Fish River Lodge

2 Day

Two-day hiking package

1. Night

  • Arrival and sleep over at the lodge.

1. Day & 2. Night

  • The hike starts around 8 am with your guide. We will hike approx. 14 km.
  • It takes about 30 min for the steep descent to the first level of the canyon.
  • The crossing of a breathtakingly beautiful gorge is followed by another half hour descent into the canyon. Here we have the possibility to take a dip into the natural rock pools.
  • The lodge team will in the meantime set up the camp.
  • Arrival at the camp at about 3 pm, depending of the fitness of the group.
  • The chef will prepare a delicious dinner, which will be enjoyed at the camp fire.

2. Day

  • We enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by our chef.
  • We start our return walk to the lodge at about 7:30 am. Alternatively you can also drive back at 9 am with the lodge team.
  • Arrival at the lodge at around noon just in time for lunch.

3 Day

Three-day hiking package

1. Night

  • Arrival and sleep over at the lodge.

1. Day & 2. Night

  • We depart around 8 am from the lodge and drive to the first lover level of the canyon.
  • Here we start a 14 km pleasant walk. We walk along the rocky mid-level of the canyon and will reach camp at around 3 pm depending on the groups’ fitness level.
  • Here you are welcome to relax and to enjoy the sunset with some snacks and a refreshing drink.
  • The chef will prepare a delicious dinner, which will be enjoyed at the camp fire.

2. Day & 3. Night

  • We enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by our chef before departing on a 17 km downstream hike along the banks of the Fish River.  Here a large variety of water birds can be observed. Depending of the time of the year you are welcome to take a swim in the pools along the way. We will reach our second camp at a natural pool around 4 pm. You are welcome to take a long swim.
  • Once more you are welcome to relax and to enjoy the sunset with some snacks and a refreshing drink.
  • Look forward to another lovely dinner under a thousand stars.

3. Day

  • We enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by our chef.
  • We start our return walk to the lodge at about 7:30 am. Alternatively you can also drive back at 9 am with the lodge team.
  • Arrival at the lodge at around noon just in time for lunch.

5 Day

Five-day hiking package

1. Day

  • Arrival at the lodge with a relaxing dinner. Sleep over at the lodge. Your guide gives a thorough briefing on the upcoming hiking days.

2. Day

  • On the first day of hiking we complete a steep 14 km long descent, which takes about three hours. Here we will be able to observe numerous game species like oryx, kudu, springbok and with a bit of luck even the rare mountain zebra
  • After crossing a breath-taking gorge, we continue along the banks of the river where you can take a swim in the rock pools.
  • Enjoy lovely dinner by our chef at the campfire under a thousand stars.

3. Day

  • We enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by our chef before departing on a 17 km downstream hike along the banks of the Fish River.  Here a large variety of water birds can be observed like heron, goshawk and fish eagle. We will reach our second camp after a short ascent onto the upper level of the canyon. Spectacular vistas onto the Fish River below.
  • Enjoy another delicious dinner by our chef at the campfire under a thousand stars.

4. Day

  • After breakfast we descent again to the river.
  • We take a 17 km hike along the canyon. Our guide will emphasis on the geological characteristics of the canyon.
  • The last dinner under the vast open African sky awaits us.
  • Enjoy the last night in the canyon.

5. Day

  • After a strengthening, excellent breakfast we continue on a difficult approx. 16 km hike.  We make our way from the bottom of the canyon to the upper level. Here we find a beautiful green oasis of acacia trees.
  • We will be shuttled back to the lodge from here where you will have enough time to relax.
  • At dinner, we can once again reflect on all the stunning experiences of the last days.

Rates & Reservations

Type20172018
01.04.17 - 30.09.1701.04.18 - 30.09.18
2 DaysN$ 6050
3 DaysN$ 8250
5 DaysN$ 15400
The Rates are per person

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It’s our pleasure to book this activity for you. You will have no additional costs as we charge the public rates. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

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Please note

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism also allows a 90 km hike through the canyon during this time of the year. These hikes take place without a guide and only under the following conditions:

  • The hiker has to present a medical certificate
  • The Fish River has to have a certain amount of water
  • A minimum of 3 participants is compulsory
  • A maximum of 30 hikers are allowed to descent into the canyon each day
  • All equipment and food has to be carried by the hiker and everyone has to provide for him-/herself. There are no facilities in the canyon.

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