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The Fish River Canyon is situated in southern Namibia and is the second largest canyon in the world (after the USA's Grand Canyon in Arizona). It is the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia and one of the most remarkable natural beauties in the country. It drops vertically by 1,800ft (550m) out of a flat arid plateau and at some points it is 17 miles (27km) wide! It is a magnificent sight, however a little off the beaten track a must-see in Namibia.
The Fish River Canyon was formed by the erosion of water of the Fish River, remnants of which appear as distant emerald pools on the floor of the canyon. One of Southern Africa's most popular hiking trails are located here. The Fish River Canyon trail covers a distance of 86km in the base of the canyon, over 5 days and is definitely for the more adventurous guest and only recommended for experienced hikers as there are no facilities provided.
Cañon Roadhouse is situated on the doorstep of the magnificent Fish River Canyon National Park in the privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park; the second largest canyon on earth. The lodge is renowned for their delicious meals and superb service. It offers an affordable alternative for guests wanting to explore this beautiful area. Cañon Roadhouse offers comfortable rooms with en-suite facilities, fans and mosquito nets as well as secluded camp sites for guests who would like to explore the park. A variety of activities is available in the area and includes guided excursions to the Fish River Canyon; scenic flights, hiking trails, horse trails; scenic drives as well as game viewing. Cañon Roadhouse offers a swimming pool for guests who wish to relax and unwind and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this vast wilderness.
The landscape here is barren, dusty and rock strewn, however the hills and gorges are enticing. The area is too hot to visit during the summer months and the recommended time to visit is between April and September, this is also the only time when visitors can walk the Trail. Activities and game viewing in the area are limited. Ais-Ais Hot Springs falls within The Fish River Canyon conservation area and the hot springs are a public facility.
Wildlife in the area is limited however springbok and steenbok are occasionally seen on the plains at Hobas. Klipspringer and troops of Chacma baboons can be seen on rocky slopes and mountain zebra favour the rugged ravines but are rarely seen. Some kudu inhabit the densely vegetated lower reaches of the canyon. The riverine bush of the canyon attracts an interesting variety of colourful birds and raptors such as rock kestrals and lanner falcons ride the thermals.
Cañon Village offers magnificent views of the Gondwana Cañon Park, located only a short drive from the famous Fish River Canyon. Accommodation consists of comfortable Cape-Dutch style cottages each offering en-suite facilities and thatch roofs.
Cañon Lodge offers a unique and private desert location in Gondwana Cañon Park adjacent to the Fish River Canyon with beautiful sunsets and spectacular landscapes. Cañon Lodge has a traditional country-feel in an old farmhouse-setting offering fresh farm produce.
Cañon Roadhouse is situated on the doorstep of the magnificent Fish River Canyon National Park in the privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park; the second largest canyon on earth. The lodge is renowned for their delicious meals and superb service.