Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge
, a place of unimaginable beauty and history. Set afoot massive granite rock boulders, overlooking the magically beautiful Erongo mountain range, is Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge.
The Lodge consists of a main building with a thatched roof dome, which hosts the welcome area with reception, guest lounge, public bar and restaurant which can seat up to 50 guests - serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The swimming pool is surrounded by a deck with sun beds and next to it a shaded area with table and chairs.
The lodge is situated within the Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy. The Conservancy comprises 29 privately owned farms, covering an area of over 200 000 hectares, that have joined together in order to protect an area of incredible bio diversity. The Erongo Mountains have particular importance in Namibia, as they host a vast array of plant, reptile, mammal and bird species that are endemic or near endemic to Namibia. Some examples of these include the Black Mongoose, Angolan Dwarf Python, White Tailed Shrike, Hartlaub`s Francolin, Ruppell`s Parrot, Damara Rock Runner, and Hartmann`s Zebra.
There are also species that, although not endemic, are extremely rare and have found refuge in the Erongo Mountains, e.g. Peregrine Falcon and Booted Eagle, which are almost certainly breeding in the area. The striking Black Eagle can also be seen breeding in many parts of the Mountains. The area is fenced off and is home to numerous re-introduced endangered Black Rhino and the near-endemic Black-Faced Impala. Walking in the area is considered safe, however, there are some potentially dangerous animals such as Leopard and Baboon roaming the area, and guests are asked to take great care when walking beyond the perimeter of the lodge itself.
Accommodation at Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge:
Accommodation consists of 10 thatch roofed chalets offering 20 luxurious twin rooms. Each with private patio, en-suite bathroom.
The rooms are tastefully furnished in African style with air-conditioning and a safe for valuables. Laundry service is available.
Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge Activities: Nature Drive / Bushman rock art:
This drive takes about 2½ hours, through the scenically beautiful lodge property, with selected stops at sites to view and learn about bushman rock art. The drive will also include a stop for refreshments and snacks. A must-see for anyone visiting the area. This drive can be done both in the morning or the afternoon.
Morning drive – departs at 07h00 in Summer, and 07h30 in Winter. (Breakfast served from half an hour earlier.)
Afternoon drive – departs 17h00 in Summer, and 16h00 in Winter.
2017: N$400 per person, including snacks and 1 drink per person.
2018: N$450 per person, including snacks and 1 drink per person.
Walking the area surrounding the Lodge is highly encouraged and is an excellent way to experience the beauty of the Erongo Mountains. Our guides have been very well trained on the interesting Fauna and Flora of the area and are available to escort guests through the property.
Morning walk: This walk is 2 to 3 hours in duration and can be of varying degrees of difficulty depending on your preference. Breakfast is available in the restaurant from 06h30. Your guide will take juice and snacks along for
en-route. Please ensure that you wear good walking shoes, and have adequate sun protection. Please carry your own water.
Morning walk departs at 07h00, from the restaurant.
2017: N$250 per person, including snacks and 1 drink per person
2018: N$295 per person, including snacks and 1 drink per person
Sundowner walk: Very close to the lodge, you will be guided up a granite hill where you can relax and enjoy a cold
‘sundowner’ drink while watching the sun set over spectacular views of the Erongo Mountains. Sundowner walk departs at 18h30 (Summer) and 16h30 (Winter), from the restaurant.
2017: N$50 per person, excluding drinks.
2018: N$60 per person, excluding drinks.
Note that our guide will gladly take your drinks order, and carry the drinks up to the sun downer spot for you.
San Living Museum Tours:
Various tours are available, and can all be booked directly at the lodge. Times are flexible, and bookings can usually be made according to your requirement:
- Bushwalk – approx. 2hours. Learn about hunting, snaring, tracking, lighting fire and collecting bush food
- Live in the Village – approx. 2 hours. Learn about singing and dancing, lighting a fire, making ropes and jewellery
- Combination (Action day) – approx. 4 hours. A combination of the bushwalk and the “live in the village” tour
Self - Guided Walking Trail:
This trail takes about 1 hour, and is on the hill behind the lodge. It is marked by painted arrows. The trail goes past Rain Cloud Cave and Elephant Wall, both sites with bushman rock art. The trees along the route are tagged for identification – list available at Reception.
Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge Map: