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The Southern African country of Namibia has a terrific treat waiting for all hikers and travellers who have finished trekking across the undulating Fish River Canyon – Ai Ais. While Ai Ais isn’t exactly a holiday enclave of note, it is home to a scintillating and refreshing group o... read more
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The Southern African country of Namibia has a terrific treat waiting for all hikers and travellers who have finished trekking across the undulating Fish River Canyon – Ai Ais. While Ai Ais isn’t exactly a holiday enclave of note, it is home to a scintillating and refreshing group of hot springs that can be found at the southern end of the Fish River conservation area. Meaning ‘burning water’ in the indigenous Nama language, some of the springs at Ai Ais can reach temperatures as high as 60°C. The springs, which originate from deep under the ground, are rich in sulphates and fluorides and are apparently quite soothing for people suffering from the likes of rheumatism or nervous disorders. The thermal baths next to the spring are a well-frequented recreational amenity particularly during the winter months with visitors able to choose from a selection of indoor pools as well as an outdoor one. Accommodation options vary with the most popular being the camping and caravan sites, but there is a resort hotel and apartments in the vicinity too. Ai Ais is most visited between the winter months of May and August as the town marks the starting point for hiking trips in and around the Fish River Canyon. The dusty and rock-strewn outback-type landscape with its chasms and hills is great to explore on horseback while the area is also home to a rich assortment of wildlife, birds, and various plant types. Ai Ais is closed in summer from November to February as the temperatures can soar in excess of 45°C making it too hot and dry for inhabitation. Enjoy your hike and then come and relax your tired feet in the soothing and idyllic springs of Ai Ais.