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Surrounded by hidden rock painting sites and set against a backdrop of impressive granite boulders Ai-Aiba Lodge is the ideal base to explore this diverse area.

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The Erongo Mountains, in the Central Highlands of Namibia, is just a few hours north-west of Windhoek and rise to 2,319m at their highest point. Ai Aiba Lodge forms part of the 200,000 Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, which straddles the mountain range and  which contains the remains of a volcanic complex thought to around 130 million years old. It is one of the most environmentally diverse regions in all of Namibia. As well as countless rock art sites of cultural importance, with new ones being discovered all the time, the area is home to an array of endemic and near-endemic flora and fauna.

The lodge itself is made up of 10 thatched chalets, consisting of 20 rooms providing comfortable accommodation and an incredible setting with large windows to make the most of the views. Gaze out upon imposing granite boulders scattered across the landscape and keep a look out for passing wildlife.

The birdlife is fantastic in this part of Namibia, you might spot any of the five species of hornbills, Verreauxs’ eagles or lovebirds flying by, to name just a few.

Activities from the lodge focus on walks and gentle nature drives exploring the environment. The passionate and knowledgeable local guides can lead you to the local rock art sites and with more than 204 identified sites there is plenty to see.

As well as the plentiful birdlife on nature drives there are many mammal species that you might encounter, from the diminutive dik-dik, Namibia’s smallest antelope, to the Hartmann’s mountain zebra and kudu. Leopard are occasionally spotted, hiding in ambush among the boulders.

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The camp

Reached along a steep rocky drive, Ai-Aiba’s main area is elevated among giant boulders that are characteristic of this environment. The high thatched roof of the main area helps to keep the building cool in the summer, aided by large windows that open out onto the expansive view. While cosy seating areas by open fires are welcome places to retire during the winter with a book and a glass of wine. The decor is rustic and dominated by heavy wood, burnished metal and natural features, such as gnarled tree trunks creating stools at the bar.

All 20 en-suite rooms are largely the same aside from the one family room which sleeps four. The comfortable rooms are air-conditioned and each has a small lounge area with a tea and coffee station as well as an electronic safe for any valuables. The bathrooms are spacious with a large walk-in shower and a separate toilet. Outside, each room has a shaded verandah with a table and chairs, it is the perfect place to watch the sun come up or go down and listen to the cacophony of bird song.

Facilities

The facilities at Ai Aiba include a swimming pool, air-conditioning, restaurant, bar and stunning views.

Dining

Dining takes place either in the substantial main area and restaurant or sometimes, should the conditions allow outside, usually at individual tables.

Why Wayfairer

As well as the Erongo Mountain Nature Sanctuary, Ai Aiba is part of the 180,000 Erongo Mountain Sanctuary Trust (EMRST), which was formed in 2000 by a number of land-owners in the region. The aim of the EMRST is to protect the flora and fauna of this region and return species which were historically present. Black-faced impala have been returned to the area, as well as black rhinoceros. Providing value and support to these initiatives is integral to their survival and staying at Ai-Aiba Lodge you are directly supporting the conservation of this area.

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