Experience wilderness on a scale unimaginable. Stand at the edge of the largest natural gorge in Africa, and the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon. Revel in the dramatic views from Hell’s Corner where it is almost possible to imagine the dramatic natural forces that shaped the canyon. Today the /Ai-/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park protects a vast area that crosses the South African border to encompass one of the richest botanical “hot spots” in the world.
With South Africa as co-signee, Namibia established its first Transfrontier Park, the /Ai-/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, in 2003. About 70% of the park’s 2,334 square miles is situated in Namibia, comprising the /Ai-/Ais Hot Springs Game Park and the Hunsberg conservation area in the west. The Huns Mountains, Fish River Canyon and /Ai/Ais Hot Springs are focal points situated in the /Ai-/Ais Hot Springs Game Park, while the 53 mile-long Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail ranks among the top hiking trails in Southern Africa. Despite being proclaimed in 1988, the rugged Huns Mountains area has remained largely unknown. The park currently offers hiking, four-by-four trails and canoeing excursions down the Orange River. Cradled by the 62 mile-long loop made by the Orange River downstream of Noordoewer, the remainder of the transfrontier park is made up of the Richtersveld National Park in South Africa, an area of 62,720 square miles that provides protection to South Africa’s only mountain desert. The Richtersveld is a solitary and desolate world of wild mountainous terrain interspersed by plains and deep river valleys.