Fish River Canyon in detail

When to go and weather

  • Fish River Canyon is a year-round proposition, but May through to October (the dry season) is the ideal time to go, offering your best chance of dry weather.
  • Rains can be heavy from November to March, and the heat can be unbearable from December to February.
  • The build-up to the rains in September and especially October can be oppressively hot, although we've visited in October and loved it – avoid hiking in the heat of the day.
  • Our favourite time to visit is early in the dry season, especially in May, when there's often a cool breeze to temper the heat and evenings can be surprisingly cool.