A big ditch
Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
127Trip End Aug 01, 2007
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Fish River Canyon is supposedly the third largest canyon in the world following the Grand Canyon in the USA and Colca Canyon in Peru. Judging by the fact that we only saw about a dozen other tourists at the viewpoints and at the campground, I'd say it is certainly the least visited of the three. It was a pretty spectacular sight, super deep, and a great place to view a sunset, but really how much can I tell you about a canyon before you start getting bored.
The highlight of our visit to the region was definitely the hot springs at our campsite at Ai-Ais. The geothermal heated water was piped into a huge pool that our group spent the day and evening lounging around. Throwing a Frisbee and football around the pool, grilling out, and reading occupied a good part of our day. Plus, the warm water was a great break from the cold-water showers we'd had for the last few days
We headed south from there to the Orange River so some of our group could do a bit of canoeing and spend one last night in Namibia. We are on to South Africa tomorrow to spend the last few days of our overland trip visiting the wine-growing region around Stellenbosch, then finally rolling into Cape Town on Saturday.
We saw a huge scorpion on the hiking trail around the canyon, as well as a fat squirrel in the parking lot that liked Doritos. Other than that, not much to report about the canyon, other than it was huge, there was a river in it, and there was a pretty sunset behind it
At this point in the trip, I think we are starting to look forward to being on our own again. Nothing against any of the individuals on our trip, but doing every activity from breakfast to showering to sleeping next to each other in tents for 5 weeks starts feeling like a bit too much togetherness. And you start to learn extremely personal details about people... who snores, who talks in their sleep, who isn't having regular bowel movements, who doesn't like mushrooms, and so on. Normally, you go to work everyday and see the same people... but you get to go home every night and have your own life. On a group trip, all the people come home with you, brush their teeth next to you, eat with you... there is no privacy or downtime. Some of the people we are traveling with joined this overland trip about 5 weeks before we did, so naturally, they are the ones looking the most forward to Cape Town. Despite all the 24/7 togetherness, we have all gotten along surprisingly well...but I think 5 weeks is my new limit for a group trip (much less if tents are involved).