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This tranquil little desert town is situated 125km east of Luderitz and the name means ‘out’ in German, but may be derived from a Khoi-Khoi word which means the ‘place of the snakes’. Aus is tucked between the folds of several hills, and if you’ve ventured this far, then the chances are you’re on the way to the coast.

About Aus

This tranquil little desert town is situated 125km east of Luderitz and the name means ‘out’ in German, but may be derived from a Khoi-Khoi word which means the ‘place of the snakes’. Aus is tucked between the folds of several hills, and if you’ve ventured this far, then the chances are you’re on the way to the coast.
After the German surrender to South African troops in World War I, Aus became an internment camp for German military officers. As many as 1,550 prisoners were held at Aus, and the towns population was further boosted by around 600 South African guards.

The railway to Luderitz stops here, as some years ago the continual struggle to keep the line clear of the Namib Desert sand was abandoned, and in places the line is now covered by massive dunes. One of the major attractions of the area around Aus is the Namib Feral Horses. They are the world’s only wild desert-dwelling horses and theories as to their origin are many. A logical favourite is that they were descended from German Schutztruppe cavalry horses abandoned during the South African invasion of 1915. Another is that they were brought by Nama raiders moving north from beyond the Orange River, whilst a third claims they’re descended from a load of ship-wrecked horses en-route from Europe to Australia. More local (and believable), is the story they’ve been bred from the stud stock of Baron Captain Hans-Heinrich von Wolf, the owner of Duwisib Castle. Wolfy famously set off for Germany in search of more horses, but came to a sticky end in battle in France.
These bony and scruffy looking beasts, can be seen on most Namibian safaris which visit the area. Whatever story you choose to believe, (if any) then look out for them grazing on the either side of the road on the way to Luderitz. Alternatively, stop at the hide and waterhole, 100km east of Luderitz, at Garup Pan, fed by an artificial bore hole.

If you intend to visit Aus and need somewhere to stay, then look no further than the Bahnhof Hotel, Eagles Nest Lodge, or The Desert Horse Inn. They are all located either in or no further than 2km from Aus, and are the ideal stopover destinations when heading to or from Luderitz.

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Bahnhof Hotel

The recently refurbished Bahnhof Hotel in the village of Aus, is 120kms from Luderitz and 220 kms from Keetmanshoop. It is an ideal stopover on the way or on return journey from the coastal town, and many of their visitors stop just for a hearty lunch.
The main building has a restaurant and the Historic Bar, with satellite TV, a chance to catch up on all the world news or major sporting events that may have been missed on one’s journey. Guests can chill out in the lounge and on those very cold winter days and nights, sit around the cozy fireplace and chat to fellow travellers. The sundeck is the place to head to watch the sun set. There is a laundry service, internet connection, disabled access, with safe parking and a night security guard. Valuables can be stored in the office.
All meals are served from their ‘a la carte’ menu, in both indoor and outdoor dining areas. A set menu or buffet will be offered to larger groups. Fresh bread and cakes baked daily, are a great draw at the Bahnhof Hotel and have quickly become a trade mark here. The beer garden is a great spot to down a Namibian beer or two, with the opportunity to meet a few of the local characters as well.
Accommodation at the Bahnhof hotel in Aus is in either double or family accommodation:
• Twin Rooms: 25 Twin Rooms includes 1 wheelchair-friendly room. En-suite bathrooms, a fan, tea/coffee station and a plug-in mosquito repellent are standard.
• Family Room: 1 Family Room sleeps 2 adults and 2 children with similar facilities to the Double Rooms.
• Self Catering House: Around 500 meters away from the Bahnhof Hotel is a self catering house with two en-suite rooms
For those staying overnight, the hotel can arrange for a guided tour around the town of Aus. A self-drive trip to see the wild horses is recommended and the owners can take you on unforgettable sunset trips! Visits to the old Prisoner of War Camp can also be organized.
Bahnhof Hotel Aus is a 4 time HAN Award winner of Excellence in the category- Hotel & Pension

Klein Aus Vista - Eagle's Nest Chalets

The Klein Aus Vista Nature Reserve is situated 2km west from the small town of Aus in southern Namibia, and about 120kms from Luderitz. Eagle’s Nest Lodge is set at the foot of the Aus mountains on this reserve, on a 10 hectare farm that borders on the Sperrgebiet. (Forbidden diamond mining area.) The Nest is 7km away from the main reception and restaurant complex of the Desert Horse Inn, and is easily accessible by car in only 10 minutes.
The main reception, lounge and restaurant are all at the Desert Horse Inn. A telephone, fax machine and an Internet connection can also be located there.
Eagle’s Nest Lodge is a small group of 9 rock chalets spread out over a boulder-strewn hillside. The Boulder, Desert Vista and The Rock chalets are amongst the guests favourites. Some are built partially from gigantic granite boulders, whilst others are built into the actual rock walls. They all have stone floors. Each chalet has en-suite facilities, (flush toilet, wash basin/shower with soap dispensers and bath towels provided), a fully equipped kitchenette, a lounge, fireplace and a private verandah, overlooking the seemingly endless Namib Desert. The chalets also have wooden furniture – bamboo wardrobes and wooden luggage racks – a bedside table and light, and an honesty bar.
Guest’s at The Nest’s idyllic setting can appreciate the solitude and tranquility of the desert, but are welcome to enjoy the country cuisine and vibrant atmosphere of the bar at the Desert Horse Inn. If they prefer, braai (barbeque) packs and breakfast platters can be organized.
One of the highlights of the area are the Namib Desert Wild Horses, which are often found near the lodge. It is not uncommon to see Klipspringer in the early morning from a bedroom window.
Eagles Nest is an ideal destination for families, as the widely spaced chalets allow plenty of room for children to run around and play.
Photographers would be interested the Namib Feral (wild) horses, often to be found grazing locally. The stunning combination of high yellow grass and mountains also makes for beautiful photo-opportunities, and it’s worth taking note that the wild horses tend to graze in the afternoons.
There are two walking trails from Eagles Nest. A 12km Eagle trail, approximately 5 hour long and the 4km Mountain Trail, approximately a 2 ½ hours long.
Eagle’s Nest Lodge is powered from solar energy.

Klein Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn

The Desert Horse Inn is situated on Klein Aus Vista Nature Reserve, 2km from the small town of Aus, in southern Namibia. The lodge is situated on a 10 hectare farm that borders on the Sperrgebiet (forbidden diamond mining area). This establishment is an ideal stopover between Keetmanshoop, Fish River Canyon, and Luderitz. The Namib Desert Wild Horses are often found near the lodge.
The main area at the Desert Horse Inn is built entirely of wood, and houses the main reception area and curio shop on the lower floor. A telephone, fax machine and an internet connection are also located here. A staircase to the side takes you to the restaurant, bar and sitting area upstairs. There is also an outside deck area under a shaded roof, where you can sit and enjoy the impressive panoramic views.
The bar is well-stocked with spirits, local beers and wines, and there is a fireplace for those cold winter nights. The Inn is decorated with seed pods, ostrich eggs and other natural materials from the area.
There is a lounge with comfortable sofas and arm chairs, and old fashioned luggage serving as coffee tables. The floors are scattered with animal skin-rugs, giving the room an old, African safari camp feel.
The main indoor restaurant has high ceilings supported by wooden beams, large windows and it offers a 270° panoramic view. Meals are served either as a buffet, set menu or ‘plate serve’, depending on the number of guests.
The Desert Horse Inn offers 24 luxury rooms with spacious, en-suite bathrooms. Each room has a fridge, fan, mosquito nets, tea/coffee station and an in-room safe.
It is an ideal destination for families, as there is plenty of room for kids to run around and play in. Ostriches are kept near the main area of the Desert Horse Inn, which are a source of enjoyment and interest for younger and older members of the family alike.
The much-photographed Namib Feral (wild) horses can often be found in the area around Klein Aus Vista. Look out for them grazing on either side of the road on the way to Luderitz. Capture the combination of high yellow grass and mountains, a superb photographic opportunity.
Keen walkers can hike from one of two possible bases on Klein Aus Vista. The first is from the Desert Horse Inn, a short 1-hour sunset walk, or perhaps guests would prefer to take the longer 3-hour walking trail. The cooler April to mid-October months are the ideal period for hiking.

Namib Garage Camping

Tourist traveling through the South of Namibia can obtain information on roads and condition thereof as well as a vehicle recovery service in addition to petrol, diesel and mechanical help at Steve Prinsloo’s ONESTOP GARAGE in AUS.
In this small town on the main road between Keetmanshoop and Lüderitz, the owner of this versatile One Stop Garage, also offer camping facilities, accommodation, light meals, bar facilities and supplies such as fire wood, milk, ice, cold drinks etc.
The friendly hospitality at Aus is unsurpassed and the atmosphere is one of peace and tranquility. Visit us for your next overnight stay – the Management and Staff will do what ever it takes to make your stay with us a comfortable and enjoyable experience.