The Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail is one of Southern Africa s most challenging hikes and an absolutely unique experience. The trail takes experienced hikers on an 85-kilometre adventure through the world’s second largest canyon. The hike is unguided with no facilities so participants need to be self-reliant for the 4-5 day duration of the hike. Hikers are rewarded with an unequalled wilderness experience and the opportunity to recover at the /Ai-/Ais Hot Springs. The hike starts at the viewpoint close to the Hobas Campsite and it is recommended that hikers leave in time to descend into the canyon on the afternoon of the first day. The descent is tough on the knees and is considered the toughest part of the hike. After 1-2 hours you will reach the bottom of the Fish River Canyon where you can set up camp and prepare for the next day. The first part of the Fish River Canyon Hike is difficult and includes some boulder hopping and hikers will have to negotiate some rock pools. After the sulphur springs known as Palm Springs the going gets easier as the canyon widens and boulders are replaced by sand. Towards the end of the hike lies the grave of Lieutenant Thilo von Trotha a German officer killed in battle by the Nama in 1905. The hike ends at the /Ai-/Ais Hot Springs where hikers can relax in the thermal pools. The Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail has no overnight facilities so hikers can set up camp anywhere along the trail. The 85-kilometre will take 4-5 days to complete and hikers need to carry sufficient amounts of food water and appropriate equipment for this duration. Water is available in the canyon but should be purified. It is not possible to ascend out of the canyon until the end of the hike. Hence all hikers need to hand in a medical certificate before embarking on the trail and a medical kit should be taken on the hike. The Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail is available from May to September and should be booked well in advance due to the high demand.
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