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Ai-Ais Huns Mountains

Mountains of Namibia

The Ai-Ais Huns Mountains (highest peak (1,636m) are part of the Ai-Ais / Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, in the very south of Namibia. It joins the Sperrgebiet at Sendelingsdrift on its eastern boundary in a narrow strip along the Orange River. There are 4 natural features that make the Ai-Ais / Huns Mountains area an important tourist attraction:

  • The spectacular Fish River Canyon.
  • The sulphur and fluoride-rich hot springs at Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa, situated in a scenic stretch of the Fish River.
  • The rugged Huns Mountains themselves, that can be admired whilst driving on the only road through the park.
  • The Orange River, whose river mouth is a designated RAMSAR site, and is one of Namibia's globally important wetlands.

Unfortunately, the mountain areas are botanically poorly studied, mainly due to difficult access. But surveys in the vicinity indicate that a number of range-restricted species have been adopted to this summer/winter rain transition area, occur in the rugged mountain landscape. Of extremely high conservation importance are populations of Namibia's only two Cites 1 plant species, Aloe pillansii and the halfmens; both have their largest remaining population in Namibia in the Huns and adjoining mountains. Plant life cover in the western part of the mountain areas largely comprises succulents, and the eastern section of the park supports plants typical of the Nama Karoo Biome.

Ai-Ais and the Huns Mountains support a diverse array of wildlife such as klipspringer, steenbok, kudu, springbok and Hartmann's mountain zebra; the latter with probably the largest free-roaming population in the country. The elusive grey rhebok may also occur in the mountains, but reliable sightings have yet to be confirmed. Leopards also occur in the area.

The lower Orange River has endemic freshwater fish, and water monitors can be observed in pools and along the river. The riverine wetland habitats support a number of interesting birds such as the African fish eagle, reed and white-breasted cormorants, darter, grey and goliath herons, black-crowned night herons and Egyptian geese. Birds of prey include jackal and augur bustards, black and martial eagles, black-breasted snake eagles and rock kestrels.

Mountains of Namibia

  • Ai-Ais Huns Mountains: Arial View of the Fish river Canyon & Huns mountains
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Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views

Hobas

Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

Self Catering Accommodation Namibia