Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon worldwide after the Grand Canyon in the USA, forming part of the state-run Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfontier Park. The towering rock faces and deep ravines were formed by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth's crust over 500 million years ago. Today the canyon measures 160km long up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest, a spectacle that cannot be ignored.
Why the Fish River Canyon?
Harsh and arid, the Fish River Canyon Richtersveld Ai-Ais area is not a big game safari destination but still supports fascinating wildlife such as Hartmann's mountain zebra, springbok, oryx, gemsbok, red hartebeest, kudu, ostrich and the occasional leopard while also a thriving breeding ground for a variety of amphibians and reptiles.