Namibia Karas Region Fish River Canyon

Into the belly of the beast...


Adventure only really starts when everything goes wrong (or so I’ve been told). 


After driving over 900km’s respectively, the Jozi and Cape Town teams met up at Ais-Ais resort early in the day. Here we were told that our shuttle was delayed, and ended up waiting most of the day for a lift to the starting point of our hike. This meant a lost day of hiking. It also meant that we had too much time to drink beer. And...it also meant that we would be descending into the second largest canyon in the world as the darkness of the desert night was approaching. 

And so the first Fine Young Adventurers Club expedition began…naïve, tipsy and painfully overloaded. Ten of us descended into the belly of the beast (all smiles at this stage), as the sun was casting its last rays over the canyon walls. This is our story…on black & white film.






Most of the descent was scrambled down in complete darkness. The canyon drew first blood as Garren lost his footing and dived into the abyss with a small submarine strapped to his back. Bruised and slightly shaken, we reached the canyon floor and set up camp under the starlit sky. The campfire stimulated heavy contemplation about the weight of our backpacks, which quickly escalated into an all-or-nothing feast, consuming as much of our fresh food and (abundant) whiskey as possible to lighten our load. Stuffed…we rolled into our sleeping bags…stared at the stars…

…and awoke to this…

The canyon warmed up to us slowly…as she revealed beautiful rock formations and contemporary rock art...

…hot water springs…

....wild horses…

...and sexy camping spots…

…and as we tread through this majestic landscape…humbled by the beauty of this harsh desert terrain…our days became simpler…our focus on the present…




…and just as our rhythm settled, the canyon flattened out…and we knew the kilometers to the end of this wilderness were running out…




…ten homies…four days…90km…thank you for having us Fish River Canyon.


WARNING: Being exposed to nature for too long may result in irrational calmness.

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