The Fish River Canyon is located in Namibia. It is one of the largest canyons in the world (definitely the largest in Africa), as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 mi (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.
The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia, but its flow in the present is a puny trickle compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought resistant plants such as succulents.
The river flows intermittently, usually coming down in flood in late summer, and when it ceases to flow it becomes a chain of long narrow pools on the sandy rock-strewn floor of the chasm. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais provides an oasis in the desolate rocky wastes.
The public view points can be found around Hobas, a camp site 70 km north of Ai-Ais. This part of the canyon is part of the Ai-Ais / Richterveld Transfrontier National Park (Peace Park).
But there is an aspect of this wonderful land, which makes it quite different from the Grand Canyon in the USA: the fact that about 90 km of this canyon is privately owned and incorporated into Private Nature Parks (such as the Canyon Nature Park or Vogelstrausskluft). Therefore, other places of interest and equally spectacular viewpoints are found on private land on both sides of the Fish River Canyon.