Fish River Canyon – Second Largest Canyon On Earth
Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, geez, 30km before the town, I was asking my GPS: People live here? Sand where ever I looked, sand, dunes, and more sand.
Arriving in Luderitz/Nambia was like driving into a little German town. Indeed, it is not a big city, more a small town in a sort of a German-style. Supermarkets, gas stations are all there. As well a delicious Restaurant at the harbor! As I was stepping out of the car a heavy cold wind was greeting me. Undoubtedly, it was quite chilly. I was glad when I saw that the shark island campsite also had chalets to rent. Certainly, that was too cold to sleep in a tent! Not with just the blanket I got from the Jeep rental!
The chalet I rented was not too expensive, so why not. It had everything, kitchen, bathroom, and 12 beds for my choice! View at sea on one side, which was undoubtedly beautiful. As well as on the other side, a beautiful view of the harbor. Very nice and clean. I must say, throughout Namibia, the campsites get from me a 4 – 5-star rating (rating was done 2013! In 2020 I add, many campsite facilities should be renovated). It was always clean, and nothing was missing at all. In Luderitz, I stayed one night.
Edit September 2019 and January 2020, a renovation of campsites in Etosha National Park and some throughout the country need a renovation, in my opinion!
Early morning at sunrise, I was at the main view/rim to take landscape photos of the fish river canyon.
Never ending drive to the Fish River Canyon
The next morning before the drive to the Fish River Canyon, I took off to the Diaz Point. It was a beautiful drive around this area at sea. I saw a few flamingos at a distance looking for food, Lighthouse at Point Diaz..etc.
About 10 am, the journey to the Fish River Canyon started. First 300km tar road ( B4 ) to the junction to Fish River Canyon. Turn right into M28 direction: Fish River Canyon main viewpoint, about 120km. The gravel road crosses a few times rail tracks. Haven’t seen any train at all on my way in or out, but crossed the tracks quite often! After a long drive, I was arriving at the gate of the National Park and the Hobas campsite. The campsite is inside the National Park. There are no time limits when to go or leave the main view/rim of the Fish River Canyon. The only restriction is that you are not allowed to camp at the edge of the canyon. The campsite was clean and not to overloaded with tourists.
The main rim to view the fish river canyon
From the campsite, it was another 8-10km to the main view/rim. I have seen the Grand Canyon, but I must say I like the Fish River Canyon much more from the view. Breathtaking, just fantastic. A place to visit for landscape photography and a breathing view.
There I was, taking a few photos and waiting for the sun to set over the canyon. I was having dinner on the rim at sunset before I was heading back to the campsite. The next morning I got up very early for another stop at the main view for sunrise. Arriving there, indeed, I was all alone. A few Oryx in the distance, a few lizards, that was it. What a bliss, listening to the “music” of the natural world. Sure I enjoyed that very much with the most impressive view. The sun was getting ready to bring light into the spectacle of the mountain formations. Done with Landscape photography, therefore I pulled out my gas cooker and made me coffee.
Listening To The Natural World Its Music
Yeah, still all alone! 3 hours had passed already. I was wondering where all the tourists are! Getting comfy in my chair, listening to the “music” of the natural world, enjoying the view, not to forget my coffee. Homemade.
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