One of the Fish River Canyon’s main attractions is the hiking trail which meanders from Hobas to Ai-Ais. The trail is approximately 80 to 85 km long, depending on various shortcuts and can take from 4 to 5 days. The trail is one of the most challenging not only Namibia, but all of Africa. Due to the heat, the trail is only open from April to September. Groups must be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 40. Minimum age is 12 years. There is a trail fee per person and must be booked 1 year in advance. A medical certificate is required.
In addition there is a well marked hike at Ai-Ais located at the top of a mountain overlooking the canyon and surrounding area. This hike will take about 2 hours – one way. Again there is a fee charged.
There is a series of gravel roads which begin at Hobas which offer fantastic views of the park for those who are not inclined to hike.
The park’s main view point is about 10 km from Hobas. Alternatively there is another recommended viewpoint at Sulphur Springs.