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Ai Aiba Lodge, Erongo Mountains

Backed by huge granite boulders in the foothills of the Erongo Mountains, the remnants of an ancient volcano complex, Ai Aiba Lodge opens the door to over 200 sites of ancient bushman rock art.

Just a few hours’ north of Windhoek, the lodge forms part of the 200,000 hectare Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, a beautiful landscape rich in both biodiversity and cultural heritage. At Ai Aiba, expert local guides will lead you on fascinating walks and nature drives to uncover numerous sites of bushman rock art (some dating back more than 2,000 years) depicting human life, animals and age-old hunting rituals. You’ll also learn more about the region’s rare flora and fauna, with sightings of Hartmann’s mountain zebra, dik-dik and oryx to be enjoyed alongside an impressive variety of birds. 

The lodge itself enjoys sweeping views over the rugged landscape with its rocky outcrops, with a crystal-clear pool to lounge around between activities. The thatched roof restaurant and bar area opens onto magnificent vistas across the bush savannah stretching out towards the Erongo Massif, providing the perfect dining backdrop. Accommodation is made up of ten mountain-facing chalets with a total of 20 rooms, each beautifully decorated in classic African style with large windows and private shaded verandas. 

Ai Aiba Lodge, at a glance 

  • Set at the base of a granite kopje with spectacular views of the Erongo Mountains 
  • Backed by towering boulders and framed by tall palm trees
  • Access to the 200,000 hectare Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy
  • More than 200 identified Bushman rock art sites identified just around the lodge itself 
  • Stay in one of 10 African-inspired chalets with private shaded patios, large ensuite bathrooms, walk-in showers and separate toilets 
  • Large windows frame breathtaking views of the rugged landscape with the Erongo foothills in the distance 
  • Delicious meals are paired with excellent wines in the high thatched roof restaurant 
  • Just three and a half hours from Windhoek 

For leisure and pleasure 

  • Lounge around and cool off in the palm-lined crystal clear swimming pool 
  • Enjoy morning and late afternoon guided walks with knowledgeable guides to experience the region’s natural beauty and unique wildlife
  • Set out on 4WD safaris to discover ancient Bushman rock art sites and unique rock formations
  • Excellent birdwatching opportunities with hornbills, Verreaux's eagles and more to spot 
  • Cultural excursions including San Living Museum Tours where you can learn about village life, hunting and making jewellery 
  • Enjoy a cold sundowner whilst watching the sunset over the Erongo Mountains 
  • You can also embark on self-guiding walking excursions along well marked paths  
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