About 15km east of the entrance the constantly rising plateau
suddenly ends in a several hundred meter deep break-off. Although it is not the
actual edge of the Fish River Canyon, this place is called the »Canyon Rim«.
It opens an incredible view on the canyon, the Canyon Plains in front of
it and the vicinity. The break-off runs over 25km in a north-south direction
through the farm area and meets the Koubis Mountains on its southern end.
It's not only the view that makes this place something special - it reaches
from the Klein Karasberge on the one side to the mountain range around the
Konkiep River on the other - but also its inaccessibility. The area was not
usable for farming and therefore was never touched by sheep, goats or men.
In the contrary, to protect the animals from falling down the cliffs a fence
was drawn a few meters before the edge. In result the original vegetation in
this strip and the slope itself was preserved. Plants can be found here that
grow nowhere else on the Vogelstrausskluft.
Only a single pass leads down the Canyon Rim. It's located on a neighbouring
farm and wasn't used for decades, so that it is not passable at the moment. To
access the Canyon Plains
with their side-canyons and the Fish River Canyon
itself is therefore only possible by using the southern entry of the farm.
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