From May to August, Ai-Ais is the starting point for hiking trips into the Fish River Canyon. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, a rich wildlife and numerous birds can be observed here. A good physical condition is required.
Ai-Ais is closed during the summer months between November and February. The heat then collects in the narrow gorge of the Fish River. Temperatures can reach 45 degrees Celsius, and often they rise even higher.
Find more information on the Ai-Ais hot springs resort on the Visitor Info page.
Top: The Fish River at Ai-Ais. Bottom: In the thermal bath.
Ai-Ais Hot Springs
Thermal water bubbles from the springs of Ai-Ais. It has a temperature of approx. 60°C and is very rich in sulphates and fluorides. In the Nama's language, 'Ai-Ais' means 'burning water'. The thermal bath immediately next to the spring is a popular recreation resort, especially during the winter. The water is particularly soothing for people suffering from rheumatism. Of course, healthy people enjoy the spouting water fountains as well.