Thanks to Mule Trails Namibia, it is now possible to hike in the Fish River Canyon without carrying heavy gear. “It’s simply fantastic: the hike in the wild, this huge meandering canyon, bathing in rock pools, the evening campfire, falling asleep under the starry firmament.” This is the essence of the comments made by the participants in the Trekking Tour offered by Mule Trails Namibia.
Hiking enthusiasts who are physically fit and adventurously minded enjoy the rugged beauty of almost pristine nature in the second largest canyon on earth, carrying just a light rucksack containing the day’s necessities. Luggage and equipment is carried by mules. A qualified guide points out and explains rock formations, which are millions of years old, and the unique flora and fauna. Nights are spent in tents or in the open, depending on personal preferences and outside temperatures.
In contrast to the existing, well-known, five-day Fish River Canyon Hike from Hobas to Ai-Ais, the mule tours take place in the wilderness area north of the main lookout point. The landscape is characterised by gorges up to 500 metres deep, which meander in many twists and bends through layers of rock that are millions of years old. The flora includes unique plants such as quiver trees, candelabra euphorbias and tamarisk. Game, including mountain zebra, klipspringer, kudu, springbok and ostrich, is abundant in the area.
The Canyon Fish Eagle Trail takes five days (five nights) and is conducted between 1 May and 16 September with four to seven participants. Some of the tours can be booked with transfers from and to Windhoek.