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See the desert adapted feral horses from Aus


In the middle of southern Namibia lies a little town called Aus. Following German surrender to South African forces at Otavi in 1915, the once unassuming village of Aus became an internment camp for German military personnel. By 1919 the camp had closed leaving no evidence of its dark past except a few WWI graves. Although still small and unassuming, Aus now welcomes passing tourists who are exploring Namibia’s wonders by road.

The town’s One Stop Garage offers fuel, mechanical and vehicle recovery services. The owner, Steve Prinsloo, is always up to date on the surrounding area’s road conditions and is eager to help travellers on their way. The garage also offers light meals, a small general store, camping facilities and other accommodation. The Bahnhof Hotel in town is a comfortable B&B with the added bonus of an unforgettable sundowner drive.

The area west of Aus en-route to Luderitz is noted for its herd of feral horses living in the desert. Their origin is shrouded in mystery but their steady population of 150-200 has adapted impressively to this unhospitable environment. A hide has been erected overlooking a waterhole that the horses frequent, giving visitors a chance to observe the herd without disturbing them.

 

Highlights

  • Small settlement servicing the passing tourism trade of southern Namibia
  • One Stop Garage service for vehicles and also offering other facilities and services
  • Bahnhof Hotel in Aus also provides accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Popular area for sundowner drives
  • Close proximity to Garub Pan that is frequented by the desert adapted feral horses
  • Lűderitz and its surrounding peninsula make an interesting half day excursion from Aus

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