Mule Trekking in the Fish River Canyon
Imagine exploring the Fish River Canyon from as close as can be, hiking with just a daypack in almost pristine nature, dreaming at the campfire and falling asleep under a dazzling night sky… Adventurous and physically fit hiking enthusiasts who join a Trekking Tour can expect a unique and exciting experience in the wilderness area around the northern part of the Fish River Canyon. Since luggage and equipment are carried by mules, participants only need to pack water and snacks for the day’s hike – and their cameras. A qualified guide explains geology, flora and fauna, a mule driver takes care of the animals and a supply team is in charge of the camps. Meals are cooked on an open fire. Shower and toilet offer something out of the ordinary: a view into the great open wilds.
The Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth, runs through the transition zone of two desert systems, the Nama Karoo and the Succulent Karoo (the most diverse desert on earth). The landscape is characterized by meandering gorges up to 500 m deep, which twist and turn through ancient layers of rock. The flora includes unique plants like the quiver tree, candelabra euphorbia or tamarisk; game such as mountain zebra, klipspringer, kudu, duiker, springbok and ostrich abounds in the area. Even waterbirds can be spotted with a little luck, like the African fish eagle which gave its name to this trail.
Highlights Include: Diverse canyon scenery, high plateau with 360 degree panoramic views, gorges, springs, swimming and fishing in (natural) pools, the fascinating plant and animal world of the Nama Karoo Desert, three nights in the open under the starry sky or in a tent.