Ais Ais – Fish River Canyon
Africa’s largest canyon is a breathtaking sight. The ravine is 160km long and in certain locations is up to 27km wide and 550m deep. The southern end of the canyon features the sulphurous hot springs known as Ai-Ais.
The summers in this area are very hot, leaving little to no water in Namibia’s longest interior river. The view over the canyon is still spectacular, making the Fish River Canyon the second most visited tourist destination in Namibia. The Canyon also offers a popular but challenging hike, only to be done in the winter months. The 85km and 5 day hike offers no supplies or accommodation, which has a great appeal for adventurous hikers.
The hot springs of Ai-Ais on the southern end of the Canyon have developed into a popular recreational resort. The water from the hot springs has a temperature of about 60?C and the Nama name “Ai-Ais” translates into “burning water”. The water is rich in sulphates and fluorides and is known to be very relieving for people who suffer from rheumatism.