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Ai-Aiba Rock Painting Lodge

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- Excellent rock art and rock formations
- Peaceful, laidback property
- Stunning mountain backdrop
- 10 chalets, pool, lounge area, bar

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Ai-Aiba Rock Painting Lodge is a uniquely situated property in central Namibia. It's located around a three-hour drive from the country’s capital, Windhoek, and is also about three hours away from the popular Etosha National Park. What makes this lodge particularly appealing is not only its fabulous setting, but also the opportunity to visit the numerous rock painting sites in the vicinity. The weather-beaten rocks and large granite boulders of the Erongo Mountain Range provide a dramatic backdrop for this lovely, relaxed resting place. The various rock formations in the immediate area were once part of a volcano and date back over 130 million years so there is plenty to explore here on guided and independent walking trails which showcase the ancient local history and rock art. The lodge provides a superb, comfortable base with a modest-sized pool, a good offering of activities and great food and wine.

There are 10 thatched, private chalets, each of which has decor inspired by various African styles and traditions. The chalets have stunning views of the surrounding rugged terrain thanks to their large windows, private patios and their strategic locations across the grounds. Air conditioning is provided, as are luxury toiletries and tea and coffee making facilities. Each chalet comes with a spacious lounge area, as well as an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and toilet and two bedrooms; of the total 20 rooms, 19 are standard twin rooms, and one is a designated family room which accommodates up to four people.

For those looking to explore the mountains, guided hikes and drives are available, with several departure times throughout the day. These provide the opportunity to visit some of the many rock art sites and fascinating geological formations dotted throughout the area; it’s also possible to spot local wildlife and visit certain vantage points for breath-taking views. Tours of the San Living Museum are also on offer, providing the opportunity to learn about the locals’ rich heritage and traditions, as well as their hunting and general survival practices.

Back at base, the lodge promotes a leisurely pace of life and guests are free to lounge by the pool, unwind in the public lounge with a good book or enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar.

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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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