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i-con2 Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier N.P. : Visitor Information
Hobas Rest Camp
The northern park entrance lies in Hobas. Here is a little shop and a campground. From here it is 10 km to the Fish River Canyon Main Viewpoint.

Entry Fees
Adults: N$ 80
Children (6 - 16): free
vehicles(max 10 seats): N$ 10

Accommodation at Hobas
Camping (max 8 p.): N$ 100-850

Reservations:
NWR Namibia Wildlife Resorts
Private Bag 13378, Windhoek 9000, Namibia
Tel ++264-(0)61 285 7200
Fax ++264-(0)61 224 900
eMail reservations@nwr.com.na


Ferry to Sendelingsdrift

The border post at Sendelingsdrift is open for tourists. A small car ferry travels daily between 9 and 17 hrs and can transport vehicles of up to 6 tons across the Orange. For the Richtersveld Park in South Africa a 4x4 is absolutely necessary. The park only offers camping facilities and a few very plain chalets for self-catering. All accommodation has to be prebooked and one must arrive before 16:00 hrs at the camps. Further information in the South Africa Travel Guide.

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Photo: Oranje ferry at Sendelingsdrift

Ai-Ais
The thermal bath of Ai-Ais lies in the southern parts of the Fish River Nature Park. The restcamp is only open from 15 March to 31 October. The easiest access road is the B1 to Gruenau where you turn onto the C10. Ai-Ais lies at the end of this untarred road (73 kilometres).

Next to the spa complex there is attractive resort accommodation and camping available. And there is a restaurant, a petrol station, an outside swimming pool, a playground and tennis courts. Prebooking of accommodation advisable. Day visitors have to leave the camp before 23.00. The restaurant is open from 7 to 9; 12 to 14 and 18 to 22 hrs. Larger groups must book at least 24 hours in advance. Reservations: NWR.


Fish River Hiking Trail
The thermal bath of Ai-Ais also lies at the end of the Fish River Hiking Trail, which leads through the world's second longest Canyon of the world. The hiking  trail is 86 km long and takes 5 days. It can only be undertaken by physically fit hikers. One has to register long ahead of time in Windhoek and also produce a medical certificate. Only group hikes with a minimum of 3 participants are permitted.

The hike through the Canyon can only be done in winter between the 15th of April and the 15th of September. In summer temperatures in the canyon are extreme, and even in winter day temperatures can rise to 40 C degrees. In the past, several accidents, also fatal ones, have happened due to heat strokes and heart failure. The life-saving options are limited, no helicopters are stationed in the area and there is no cellphone reception.

The descent starts at Hiker's View about 3 km north of the main viewpoint and takes 1 hour. There is only one "emergency exit" near "Palm Springs", usually reached on day 3. But it is extremely steep, and once one made it to the top, one is literally standing in the desert. Regularly the trail ends in Ai-Ais.

Reservations: NWR Namibia Wildlife Resorts