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Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Southern Namibia

With large areas of the Sperrgebiet off-limits and sights scattered across the region, this area is often overlooked by first-time visitors to Namibia.

Southern Namibia boasts just as much spectacular landscape as the northern parts of the country, culminating with the vast Fish River Canyon. This canyon, found close to the South African border, can be explored both on foot or by 4×4, as it cuts its way through 160km of rock and sand.

Quiver Tree, Namibia
Quiver Tree, Namibia

Discovering southern Namibia

Further north, the landscape flattens and the sands of the Namib begin. On their southern edge, the ghost town of Kolmanskop lies abandoned – its mining riches now exhausted. The houses, built by German colonists, are still standing, but the sands of the desert have begun to fill them, making for an eerie atmosphere.

To the west, the winds and waves of the Atlantic batter the remote coastline, which is dotted with settlements that feel trapped in the past. The largest of these is Lüderitz, with its colourful Art Nouveau architecture. This coastline also attracts wildlife, in spite of the harsh climate, including seals, penguins and flamingos. Penguin Island, in Luderitz Bay, is named after its unusual visitors.


Fish River Canyon

Explore the awe-inspiring and largest canyon on the continent.

Mining Towns

Stumble across abandoned mining towns, littered with colonial German architecture.

Luderitz’s Wildlife

Spot seals, flamingos and penguins along Luderitz’s harsh coastline.

Sperrgebiet National Park

Explore the untouched Sperrgebiet National Park – much of which is inaccessible due to diamond mining.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Desert Horse Inn £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Found in the Aus Mountains, in Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park, the Desert Horse Inn looks out over the arid plains from its vantage point 1,400 metres above sea level. The inn offers comfortable rooms with spacious, en-suite bathrooms. Facilities include a wooden deck overlooking the farm – ideal for sundowners, a ladies’ bar with a cosy fire and a restaurant serving lunches and dinners. Namib feral horses, unique to the area, are often found near the lodge. It is perfectly located for exploring this remote region, with the ghost town of Kolmanskop, the Atlantic coast and Fish River Canyon all within driving distance.

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Fish River Lodge £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

The lodge has 20 comfortable and spacious en-suite chalets, set apart and with beautiful views over the Fish River Canyon to the east. Furnishings are intentionally simple, but comfortable, so as not to detract from the spectacular location. Each chalet has an indoor bathroom, as well as an outdoor shower overlooking a small rock garden with views of the canyon. The main lodge offers a relaxing area with handcrafted tables for romantic dining. Good home-cooked food is served in front of crackling fires in winter.

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Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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