i-con2 Aus / Garub : Travel Info and Accommodation

Namib Wild Horses

The real attraction of the area are the wild horses of Garub. The wooden visitors' station near the waterhole is well visible from the B4 and there is a signpost at the access drive. At present there are only about 100 wild horses in the Garub area. Some years ago there were many more, but due to a severe drought, the government had many of them captured and sold. There is no ranger at the station and no entrance fee. The origin os these horses is quite clear now: They descend from the South African cavalry which had set up camp in the Namib. Their horses fled into the desert panicked by shots fired from a low flying German aircraft at the beginning of World War I.


War Prison Camp

4 kilometres south of Aus, on the C13 Pad to Rosh Pinah lies an old POW camp. After the German Schutztruppe had surrendered in July 1915 to the South African troups, about 1500 men were interned here. They lived in tents for a year and were exposed to the extreme weather conditions in the desert without protection. Many fell ill and died. Eventually they built their own houses from self-fired clay bricks. Only 4 years later, in 1919, after the peace treaty of Versailles was signed, were the prisoners released. Today there are only some stoneheaps left from the settlement and a commemorative tablet.


Klein-Aus Vista
There is a delightful stopover at the farm Klein-Aus Vista. The access road turns off the B4, 2 kms west of Aus. The farm offers rustic accommodation in nicely furnished natural stone chalets dotted across a breathtaking landscape. The chalets have kitchens and self-catering facilities. Meals are served at the restaurant in the main lodge. Good camping facilities are available. Klein-Aus offers tours and horse-riding trips and the area makes for good hiking. Highly recommendable. Hot in summer!


Caution: Drifting Sand

From Aus it takes an hour to get to Luederitz. Just before the town, the B4 road leads through the drifting sand dunes of the Namib. Even when the wind is not very strong, the air is full of sand and sometimes the road is covered with sand which must be cautiously circumnavigated. In a sandstorm, headlights should be protected with cellotape.

restsymbol3Restaurant Tip

Bahnhof Hotel Restaurant. A-La-Carte Restaurant in the beautifully restored Bahnhof Hotel. Excellent cuisine – an absolute surprise in this remote area! Also daily freshly baked rolls, cakes etc.

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Eagle's Nest Chalets

On Farm Klein-Aus Vista, rustic en-suite chalets with kitchenette. True desert feeling of solitude, space and silence.

Rates: DBL from N$ 850 PP BB

Phone +264 (0)63 258116


Desert Horse Inn

On Klein-Aus Vista Farm in the Aus Mountains; en-suite rooms; breathtaking desert views; bar, restaurant, sundeck.

Rates: DBL from N$ 625 PP BB

Phone +264 (0)63 258116


Bahnhof Hotel

Historical hotel with excellent A-la-carte restaurant; 21 stylish refurbished en-suite rooms. Excellent service.

Rates: DZ ab N$ 560 PP ÜF

Phone +264 (0)63 258091


Bethanie Guesthouse

Friendly guesthouse in central position. Modern ensuite doublerooms with aircon; DSTV, garden, pool, tours, homecooked meals.

Rates: please enquire

Phone +264 (0)63 283013