The trail starts from the view point about 12kms from the camp site at Hobas. The steep descent into the Fish River Canyon takes between one and two hours and most consider this to be the most strenuous section of the trail.
It is recommended to arrive at Hobas early enough to do the descent on the first afternoon of the trail. At the bottom of the descent, there is a large sandbank that makes an ideal campsite for the first night of the trail.
From Hobas to Palm Springs
This section of the trail should take two days to complete (if you are expecting to complete the Fish River Hike in 5 days) The terrain is rugged marked by large boulders and rock pools and you will find you require plenty of time to negotiate the obstacles.
Palm Springs is the site of a sulphur spring that gushes out of the earth at a constant temperature of 57 degrees. There are Date palms that grow around the spring which give rise to the place name.
Palm Springs to the Causeway
From Palm Springs, the hike starts becoming easier, although by this time it is likely you will have several blisters to contend with. The walls of the canyon start to widen and their are less obstacles. You will find yourself crossing the river several times - and the terrain is dominated by small rocks and sand. Just before reaching the causeway you will find the grave of Lieutenant von Trotha, a German officer killed in a skirmish between the Germans and the local Nama people in 1905.
The Causeway to Ai-Ais
This last part of the trail takes about four to five hours. The canyon is much wider and the hiking is easier - the thought of a cold beer and a dip in the hot springs at Ai-Ais should be all the motivation needed to see you home