Motorcycle Adventures: The Fish River Canyon and Namibian Back Roads.

Our travelling through South Africa had come to an end as we rushed toward the Namibian border to get Tom, our Australian team mate, out the country before his VISA expired. We crossed the border as the sun was hanging low on the horizon, we begun the search for a site at which to bush camp. Once we found a spot sheltered from the road we set up camp and made a glorious dinner over the fire.

The following day we made our way over the incredibly flat terrain through Karasberg where we planned our trip onto the Fish River Canyon.

The Fish River Canyon is in the south of Namibia and is the largest canyon in Africa. The canyon is 160 km long, 27 km wide at places and 550 meters deep making it one of the most impressive geological formations in Africa and Namibia’s second biggest attraction.


We had to do some extensive but well maintained dirt roads to get to the canyon, there was wildlife and quiver trees dispersed throughout the vast landscape. The landscapes are so incredibly large that they assist in giving a better perspective as to just how much space Namibia really has. Namibia has 4 million people 75% of which inhabit the top part of the country, making the southern portion very sparsely populated.

We resided at the Fish River Canyon camping grounds for the night, which are expensive but well equipped considering their isolated location.


We continued to Zig-Zag this southern portion of Namibia for the following two weeks due to the appeal of one of the last surviving true wilderness areas left in the world. We will elaborate more about our monumental experiences in our next blog as we circled around the top of the Fish River Canyon Reserve and found a cave with some extremely old and fascinating archaeology.


Trent Seiler &

The Nitty Gritty Nomads




Author: The nitty gritty nomads

4 motorcycles, zig zagging through Africa… set out on discovering the continents wondrous archaeology, local cooking secrets as well as educating and engaging with local communities. We will be travelling through 14 countries, including South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rowanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and then back through Madagascar.

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