Richtersveld Safari 2013 (Ai Ais/Fish river canyon)

by Pete August. 02, 2013 3905 views

The Fish River Canyon is located in the south of Namibia. It is the second largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 metres deep.

The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais is situated.
The resort is set at a sulphurous hot spring, which makes perfect sense as the name ‘/ai-/ais’ means ‘burning water’ in the local Nama language. It indicates the extreme heat of the hot springs, which date back to 1850, when they were discovered by a Nama herder, searching for his lost sheep.

Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa now forms part of the Ai-Ais / Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, and visitors can now cross from South Africa to Namibia, using the Sendelingsdrift border post from within the park.

what a shock to find so many people here

The fish river canyon

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Christa 7 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the useful information, had no idea that there is such a canyon in Africa. Great shots as well, especially 3 and 4!!

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Pete 7 years, 3 months ago

thank you all

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Riyaz 7 years, 3 months ago

3 and 4 are just amazing!

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Jacki 7 years, 3 months ago

Incredible how similar it looks to our "Grand Canyon" here in the USA! BEautiful !

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Astrid 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm been too. beautiful place

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Marsha 7 years, 3 months ago

What a place....these scenes are simply breathtaking! LOVE #4...

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sara G 7 years, 3 months ago

Very beautiful scenes! Love #4 and 5

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ann Garratty 7 years, 3 months ago

I bet you were surprised to see so many people... No 1 looks like Piccadilly Circus at rush hour.. What a wild and beautiful place... Wow!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 7 years, 3 months ago

Stunning area love that last capture.

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 3 months ago

Impressive place indeed!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Giancarlo Fosci 7 years, 3 months ago

beautiful!!!!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jennifer Venter 7 years, 3 months ago

WOW ! Beautiful !

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