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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.