Welcome to Travel Photo Thursday again. I was chatting to Michael Figuieredo of Strux Travel about great pics he's posted of Arizona's Grand Canyon and I mentioned Fish River Canyon, Namibia.
The Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia, is the world's second largest canyon, after Arizona's Grand Canyon. Not as deep, but still very impressive. I had long wanted to see this, but we really didn't have enough time there. Yeah, that's the bummer of being on a tour, but tours do offer great value if you have limited time but need to cover a lot of ground quickly. Cape Town through to Victoria Falls is a looong way.
So here's a few pictures taken in 2008, on a Sony pocket digital camera. Our return to Africa in 2009, was with a much better camera.
Around 180 kms long and 550 metres deep with a hiking trail for much of it's distance, it is the second most visited site in Namibia. It can get really hot in the canyon itself, often exceeding 45 degrees C, and so is open to hikers only during the cooler winter season - May to September. Restrictions apply to hiking the 3-4 day trail, so check with Ai /Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
Fish River Canyon from the rim. Taken in August 2008. On our tour from Cape Town to Windhoek/Victoria Falls, we stopped here and we were able to take a short walk along the rim.
I spent most of my time photographing the desert plant life. This pic above is my favourite photo- a lone flower on the rim contrasting against the dried out twig, with views out over the canyon.
Looks like Fish River may become the third largest canyon in the world-
This from- www.100gogo.com/canyon.
However since 1994, we learned from the American Geography Committee and Guinness Book of World Records that the crown of the "world's largest canyon" went to the Great Canyon of Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River in Himalayas (Tibet). Its depth reaches 5,382m (17,657 ft) and it has a total length of 496.3km.
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