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Trail de­tails. It costs R275 per per­son. Pay the R60 park fee at the park of­fice in Hobas (the start­ing point of the hike).

The trail is open from 1 May to 15 Septem­ber. The sum­mer months are too hot for hik­ing. If there is not enough drink­ing wa­ter in the river, the trail is closed for the year.

Most peo­ple com­plete the trail (90 km) over five days. Groups of 3 − 30 hik­ers (12 years and older) al­lowed. Book at least a year in ad­vance. Some­times, if there are can­cel­la­tions, you may be able to join an­other group. Pa­per­work. You need a pass­port (valid for six months from date of en­try), plus a cer­tifi­cate of fit­ness com­pleted by your doc­tor. You will also need to sign a doc­u­ment stat­ing that you will re­spect the en­vi­ron­ment. Both th­ese doc­u­ments will be is­sued to you when you make a book­ing. Fit­ness. If you’re hik­ing fit, you’ll en­joy the trail more. What about my car? We stayed at Ai-Ais (where the trail ends) the night be­fore the hike. The next morn­ing a park shut­tle took us to Hobas (R160 per per­son). Leave your car at Ai-Ais, so it’s wait­ing for you at the end point. Bookings: 021 422 3761;

[email protected] Not a hiker? See the canyon from the Hobas view­point as a day vis­i­tor. R60 per per­son and R10 per ve­hi­cle. If you want to take pho­tos, go at sun­rise for soft light. Slack­pack­ing op­tion: The Canyon Mule Trekking trails in the north­ern parts of the canyon in­clude a guide, a cook and mules to trans­port your lug­gage. You sleep in luxury tents. The trail is open from 15 April to 15 Septem­ber. Rates: R5 500 per per­son for three nights and two days (Klip­springer Trail); R6 500 for four nights and three days (Fish-ea­gle Trail). See go! Namibia 2014 for a de­tailed ac­count of the trail. Con­tact: 00 264 61 427 200;


For ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions in and around the Fish River Canyon, turn to page 107.

MAN MAKE FIRE. You can pre­pare your meals on a gas stove, but noth­ing beats a crack­ling camp­fire. Make sure the fire is ex­tin­guished be­fore you go to bed and leave the camp­site as neat as you found it.

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