Guided Fish River Hike

Day 1: Windhoek - Fish River
Hikers will be collected from their accommodation in Windhoek ± 08h00. Heading southwards, with refreshment stops on the way, arrival time at one of the lodges of the 'Gondwana Canon Park' is expected to be late afternoon. The spectacular sunset will compensate for the long drive!
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Canon Lodge (or similar)
Day 2: Fish River hike
There is a short drive to the Main Viewpoint, which marks the start of the hike. The 500m descent into the Canyon takes about 2 hours, mainly due to a steep decline and loose rocks. However, the view into the canyon landscape along the way is spectacular. On the canyon floor, the route continues for a further 13km through boulders and rough sand. The water in the canyon is drinkable (Purifying tablets can be used as an additional precaution). Not too exhausted on reaching 'Palm Springs,' the thermal sulphur pools are a perfect venue to rejuvenate those tired and aching muscles!
Meals: Breakfat, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: under a thousand stars
Day 3: Fish River hike
Today the route meanders along the riverbed, which is crossed several times during the day, depending on the water level. It is advisable to take trekking sandals along for the river crossings, to help keep hiking boots dry. The ground consists mostly of gravel, pebbles and deep sand. About 15km from Palm Springs, 'Table Mountain' appropriately named after it's 'mother' near Cape Town, will be passed. The camp will be set up, close to the 'Three Sisters Rock Towers,' which are illuminated blood-red by the setting sun.
Meals: Breakfat, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: under a thousand stars
Day 4: Fish River hike
After breakfast there is a climb up a hill, with beautiful views of a rock formation consisting of four thick pinnacles, known as the 'Four Finger Rock,' from the top. Another highlight along the trail is the 'Von Trotha's Grave.' Second Lieutenant Thilo von Trotha, a nephew of the well-known Lieutenant General Lothar von Trotha, died here in 1905 during a confrontation between German soldiers and native Nama's. As a reliable source of water, the Fish River has always been considered as an oasis of life, so watch out for the many mammals, reptiles, plants and insects along the way.
Meals: Breakfat, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: under a thousand stars
Day 5: Fish River hike
The walk along the riverbed walking tends to get easier, but remains sandy and rocky. The canyon widens out. Legend has it that a fleeing dragon, left behind him the 160km long and 450m deep furrow, which is now the second largest canyon of the world. If you believe that, then get out of the sun for a while! Another day's adventure draws to a close.
Meals: Breakfat, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: under a thousand stars
Day 6: Fish River Hike
After a 10km hike, you finally reach Ai-Ais (Nama word for 'burning water'.) The hot water from the natural spring is pumped into a swimming pool, a facility that is taken full advantage of. Don't forget to look out for the flora and fauna on the way, as this is the last leg of the hike. On arrival at the camp, there is the opportunity for 1 or 2 cold beers and a swim in the pool. After washing off the dust, transport will arrive and transfer you to the 'Gondwana Canon Park' with a soft bed with fresh linen to look forward to! Walking time on the final day is expected to be around 4/5 hrs.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Canon Lodge (or similar)
Day 7: Fish River - Windhoek
After a hearty breakfast, it's time to hit the road for the long drive back to Windhoek, stopping on the way for comfort and refreshment breaks and lunch. Tired and weary hikers will be dropped off at their accommodation in the city. The Fish River Hiking Trail adventure has come to an unforgettable end!
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

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