Fish River, Coastal & the Deep South

T he country’s most spectacular geological phenomenon and the highlight of Namibia’s ‘Deep South’ is the Fish River Canyon. The famous ravine lies in the lower reaches of Namibia’s longest river, the Fish. It took millions of years to evolve to its present shape – a massive 161 km long, up to 27 km wide and up to 550 metres deep. Further north, in the small settlement of Helmeringhausen, an open-air museum dating back to the 1960s has been revamped to entice those interested in former farming methods.


  • The region is home to one of the most majestic canyons in the world
  • It hosts Namibia’s first transfrontier conservation area
  • A diamond-mining industry of note was established here
  • Lüderitz is renowned for its distinctive German colonial architecture
  • Namibia’s most famous ghost town is found in the region


  • Take a step back in time in the deserted mining village of Kolmanskop – be sure to take your camera along!
  • Hike the Fish, or tackle it on the back of a mule
  • Sample some fresh home-grown oysters in Lüderitz
  • Surf the waves of the Atlantic Ocean in the Lüderitz waters
  • Visit the Quiver Tree Forest and Giant’s Playground
  • Go on a guided canoe or kayak adventure down the Orange River


Fish River, Coastal & the Deep South


Fish River, Coastal & the Deep South

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Accommodation in the Area

/Ai- /Ais Hot Springs Spa

/Ai-/Ais Hot Springs Spa offers comfortable accommodation in 36 exquisitely appointed double rooms facing either the Fish River or the mountains. All rooms have direct access […]

Bahnhof Hotel Aus

The historic Bahnhof Hotel presents itself in a modern, elegant format, combining rich history and traditional comfort with excellent service and a la carte cuisine. Light […]

Bird’s Accommodation: the perfect place to unwind

Situated in the centre of Keetmanshoop is the gracious Bird’s accommodation, including Bird’s Mansions Hotel with 24 rooms and 2 self-catering flats and the clean and fresh […]

Fish River Lodge

On the Edge of Eternity The Lodge This is the only lodge situated directly on the rim of Namibia's Fish River Canyon, the world's second largest […]

Hobas Camp

The Fish River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world, and one of the most impressive natural features in the southern part of […]

Journeys Namibia

Into the wild... Discover beauty in remote locations. Journeys Namibia is a reputable management company that takes the strain off lodge owners by taking care of […]

Kalahari Game Lodge

The Kalahari Game Lodge arises over the last dunes towards the eastern border of Namibia, adjacent to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It lights up the early […]

Lüderitz Nest Hotel

Lüderitz boasts one of Namibia's leading four-star resort hotels, the Lüderitz Nest Hotel. This well-known establishment offers the best "on the rocks and sea" location in […]

Namtib Desert Lodge

Discover a different meaning of luxury: tranquility, wide open spaces, clear skies and unspoilt environment at Namtib Desert Lodge. At the jewel of the Tiras Mountains, […]

Sea-View Zum Sperrgebiet

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