A visit to the second largest canyon on Earth!

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 04, 2013

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day 12 – afternoon

Day 5 - Northern Experience Tour
             42 Celsius, hot and sunny

As I looked outside the vehicle's window, I never ceased to be amazed by Namibia's rugged landscape and unique vistas!.  

Trees were rare in this part of the country but those seen made me immediately fall in love with them.  They were "quiver trees', species of aloe trees found in this southern part of Africa.   A good part of my time was spent taking photos of them while being driven to our next destination.   As for Michel, he'll never know what he missed out on....he slept most of the way!   I don't think he would have cared anyway! 

We were on our way to a canyon but it wasn't “any canyon!”   This canyon was the second largest one on Earth, after the Grand Canyon!   We were on our way to the Fish River Canyon!  

Guess what!   Along the way, amazing herds of mountain zebras were spotted as well as springboks. Well, since yesterday I had seen some springboks, today I was quite happy to see the zebras and tick them off “my list of animals seen so far” on this trip!

And then we were there.  We had arrived at the Fish River Canyon main lookout point known to be the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia!    Hmmmm!   Interesting….however….

The place was deserted, not a living soul was around!   Actually, nothing was around for miles and miles away!   We were completely isolated from everything surrounded only by rugged land which made you feel as if you were on another planet!   It was awesome!

Having seen the Grand Canyon several years ago, this canyon had nothing different except that it was a lot hotter here.  We were boiling in the sun…….who wouldn’t be with a temperature soaring to almost 42 degrees Celsius as we stood around the rim and took pictures of the gigantic ravine almost 550 meters deep.    A winding river called the Fish River lay at the bottom almost dry and stony.  

I was happy to be here and see the Fish River Canyon with my own eyes because the vistas were much better in person!  So yes, this Fish River Canyon was amazing and I was thrilled to be here!    In three words…..it was spectacular!

We had a choice of walking to another lookout point a good 300 meters away but due to the extreme heat, we decided to be driven there instead.  As much as I enjoy walking and hiking, I have to say it was a good decision.

The other lookout point proved to be as amazing as the first one and offered different panoramic views of the canyon.   A hiking trail was right next to us but a sign indicated that it was strictly prohibited to do so.   Since Michel just can’t read these signs, he did go down for several feet before coming back up because I kept calling him to do so!   Nothing new here!   Hehehe!

A pile of rocks of various sizes and shape stood a few meters away from the canyon’s rim.   We all did our share of adding several more to it which meant “I was here” kind of thing.   Michel couldn’t resist and had to put some of the biggest rocks he could find right at the top of the pile!     

Looking afterwards at this pile of rocks, I do have to say that it did cross my mind whether there wasn’t anything....or even a body..... buried underneath!!!!      After all, this would have been a perfect place! 

Monique   :-)

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