The /Ai-/Ais Hotsprings and Spa has been closed temporarily after the resort experienced heavy rains and flash floods.
He Fish River along the resort overflowed, causing extensive damage to the resort and campsites.
Robert Hailume, /Ai-/Ais Hotsprings and Spa Acting Resort Manager, narrated his experience and stated: “The rain was quite heavy and caused extensive damage to the resort and campsites. Though the resort experienced severe damage, I am grateful that all our clients that were camping that evening were successfully evacuated and are safe”.
In light of the damage to the resort and campsites, NWR had no other option but to temporarily close the resort to visitors for the next three months starting from 11 January 2021 until the end of March 2021. “We will soon commence with the repair work. This will ensure that the resort can begin to operate as soon as possible” says Dr Matthias Ngwangwama, NWR Managing Director.
/Ai-/Ais which literally means “fire” or “burning water” in Namibia’s Khoekhoegowab language, is situated in Southern Namibia’s //Karas Region at the base of the Great Karas Mountains, about 128 kilometres West of Karasburg and 224 kilometres South-West of Keetmanshoop. The /Ai-/Ais Hotsprings and Spa is located in the /Ai-/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, near Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world and the main attraction in Southern Namibia. The Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail is ranked as one of the best hiking trails in Southern Africa.