Snapshot – Fish River Canyon

Sticking with Africa for today’s A to Z Challenge post. Heading south from where we were yesterday, we arrive in Namibia. Hands down, without question, Namibia is one of my favourite countries … I’ve already written about my three favourite places in Namibia if you’d care to follow the links and find out why πŸ™‚ . It has a wealth of things to offer visitors – from the wildlife of Etosha National Park, to the desert landscapes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, and the coastal waters of the adventure capital Swakopmund. But further south still is Fish River Canyon.

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My friend Jacques taking in the view
Part of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, the Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa. It is 160km long, 27km wide and 550m deep. Fitting for its location in one of the most arid countries, it’s a rocky dry landscape. Popular with hikers but not without it’s perils, particularly during a rare downpour. I’ve been fortunate enough to have stood at the edge of this natural wonder on two occasions. Usually spending the night prior at the Norotshama River Lodge about 90 minutes drive away on the Orange River, near the town of Aussenkehr. In fact, the last time I visited the canyon, the night prior, we journeyed by 4WD vehicle into the hills around Aussenkehr to a deep ravine. There we found our lodge had set up a rich and sumptuous dinner, under the stars, by the light of tens of small candles, with whispers about the chances of leopard in the hills above us … ultimately seeing just the adorable and tiny Klipsringer (antelope) bounding through the landscape. A magical night in the wilderness before a day exploring the breathtaking views of the Fish River Canyon. Because words can’t do it justice, I’ll leave you with photographs:

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Fish River Canyon
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The unique and unmistakable quiver tree
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Aussenkehr
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My hut at Norotshama River Lodge
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Sunset over the Orange River
This post is part of my contribution to the April 2017 A to Z Challange

Click Here for a list and links to all my challenge posts.

And for those interested in revisiting my 2016 challenge post for “F”, here’s the link: That special F word …

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27 thoughts on “Snapshot – Fish River Canyon”

    1. Thanks, Radhika. I love a good sunset. They’re probably my favourite thing to photograph but even without camera in hand, nothing will stop me in my tracks quicker than the spectacular colours of a sunset. 😊

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    1. That’s a pretty accurate description … Lonely & desolate, but so picturesque and peaceful. It’s always a good idea to have a bucket list, hopefully you’ll start ticking some places off it soon. I shall definitely stop by and check out what you’ve been up to for the A-Z challenge πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

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  1. What a wonderfully ironic name…unless there is some water at the bottom of that massive canyon. I heard somewhere that Fish River is not only the largest canyon in Africa, but the 2nd largest in the world. Is that true? Beautiful pictures. Looks like a great place to visit. It reminds me of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) here in the red centre of Australia.

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    1. It was bone dry both times that I visited, although I’ve heard it can flood quite quickly when the rains do hit. And yes, so far as I’m aware it is the 2nd largest canyon in the world (just basing that on what I was told on my trip!). It’s not too dissimilar to Kings Canyon although the colouring of the soil in that part of Namibia is not as rich or orange as ours is here. And it lacks the greenery that you’ll see if you do the walk through the bottom of Kings Canyon. But all in all, I think part of what I like most about Namibia is that similarity to home, it is on occasion very reminiscent of the Outback.

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    1. Thanks, Pamela. You’ve described it perfectly. And I really appreciate that comment on the photos, I’m still learning a lot about photography so it’s great to hear they are capturing the wonder of a place.

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  2. I’ve only been the once, and never down into the canyon itself. A beautiful eerie scorched out place. Should be on everyone’s travel list.

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