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The Hoarisib River is possibly one of the most versatile rivers in the Skeleton Coast. It reaches the sea on a regular basis every year sometimes more than once. The source of the Hoarisib River is in the Kunene Region in the area of Opuwa and it flows through the Tonnesen and the Giraffe mountains. It is joined by the Gomatum at Puros where it enters a narrow canyon making it unusual and spectacular scenery with twists and turns down to the ocean. The name Hoarisib was thought to have arrived from this last stretch, as the Nama word !naruseb means water which twists and turns through a narrow gorge. The Hoarisib River characteristics are its steep canyon walls of black and red volcanic rock, and the strange makalani palms which grows from the pips that was washed down from the north-east and also the white Castle or temple Formations out muddy clay dating back to prehistoric times. The Hoarisib River has plenty of water along its course. You will find game such as springbok, gemsbok, jackal and even zebra regularly working their way up and down the canyon. Something distinctive about the Hoarisib River is the elephants that move up and down its course. During the 1970s the elephants decreases and in 1994 there was little evidence of elephants in the lower reaches Hoarisib.
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“It is worth your while to get to the top of the kopje to get the most beautiful views. <a href="http://www.linx.co.za/tripreports/hoarusibriverecotrail/index.php" target="_blank">Read a Trip Report to the Hoarusib River Eco Trail</a>” - Pieter Theron, 2009/05/05
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