In a country known for its deserts, Sesriem Canyon holds the unique distinction of being one of the few areas in Namibia to hold water year round. The Afrikaaners who discovered this place gave it its name because of the six (ses) belts (riem) it took to lower a bucket to scoop water from the canyon.
This impressive natural landscape is the second most popular tourist attraction in the park. Travelers in search of adventure love to navigate the crevasses, which shrink to just six feet wide in some places, and wander the rock formations that make Sesriem Canyon so beautifully unique.
Sesriem Canyon is located about 4.5 kilometers from the entrance gate of Namib-Naukluft National Park. The canyon is best explored on foot and parking facilities are available within close proximity.