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“A strange experience” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Klein-Aus Vista: Desert Horse Inn and Eagle's Nest Lodge

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3.5 of 5 Guest house   |   P.O.Box 25 | Aus, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia   |  
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“A strange experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2008

This is surely the original "in the middle of nowhere" spot. I stayed here as I wanted to see Kolmanskop (about 120km away) and Luderitz (about 138km away), but as I really didn't enjoy either of those 'attractions' at all, it turned out to be a bit of a waste of time in the long run.

However, the accommodation (we stayed in the Desert Horse Inn) can't be faulted. It's clean and very spacious. The staff were very friendly, and the food was quite good.

The famous wild horses are about 20km down the road, and that's worth a visit if you're in the area.

The surrounding vistas are stunning.

Aus itself is a one-horse town with one shop, and a large settlement inhabited by some pretty poverty stricken looking people. There was a real air of sadness in the air. Aus was downgraded from a town to a settlement when the railway from Keetmanshoop to Luderitz was discontinued, and the inhabitants were essentially stranded there. It seems like the railway is being repaired, though, so perhaps there is a little light at the end of this very long tunnel for the area.
An intersting experience in some way, but a rather sad one too.

If you want to get away from it all, the units a few kilometres away from the restaurant, Eagle's Nest Lodge, look pretty good. The views are magnificent and if you want complete silence, this is where to find it.

  • Liked — Clean, spacious
  • Disliked — Just a bit too remote for me
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2008

We stayed one night at the Desert Horse Inn part of Klein Aus Vista in May 2008. There are a number of sections to the place - some rooms in the main house, separate semi-detached bungalows, the campsite, and Eagle's Nest. We were in the semi-detached bungalows. We had tried to book the Eagle's Nest but it was fully booked. Checkin and checkout were easy (they did forget to give us the room key, but luckily it was only a short walk back to reception). The room we had (number 2) was spacious, with two single beds, a separate sofa area with tea and coffee making facilities, and a bathroom with shower. No hair dryer. The room was very cold however, with a concrete floor and very few rugs to take the chill off the floor. There was no heating or air conditioning in the room. I would not like to stay there in the height of summer or any later in the year - we were freezing in the room at night. They do provide hot water bottles, and you do need them. The price was very reasonable, and we took the package with dinner and breakfast included. Breakfast was very good, altho' you need to get there early as it is buffet style and is not particularly warm by the end of service, altho' it is restocked. Very substantial breakfast buffet, with a number of types of breads, all hot choices from bacon to eggs to beans to sausages, and cereals, fresh fruit, tea, coffee and juices. You will not go hungry. Dinner was also buffet style for the main course, with a fixed starter and dessert. Food was fine from what I remember - it did not stand out in the terms of Namibian food which I found to be excellent generally, but neither was it awful.
Service was fantastic, people were friendly, and the cosy bar area was lovely with an open fire and a cool Tafel lager (and a great respite from the freezing room).
In short, this is a great place to stop off if you are driving from Fish River Canyon up to Sossusvlei. Equally the drive from Aus to Luderitz is absolutely stunning. However I would not recommend Aus or the Desert Horse Inn section of Klein Aus Vista as a desination in itself. It is closest to a motel style accommodation - comfortable, practical, but not particularly inspiring.

  • Liked — Location and friendly staff
  • Disliked — Cold rooms
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2005

Klein-Aus Vista is a gem, as you'd expect from a lodge near Namibia's Diamond Restricted Area (Sperrgebiet). It is in the middle of nowhere - but very scenic nowhere! I spent 3 nights there, and just loved my stay.

Klein-Aus Vista offers standard double rooms in their main house, the Desert Horse Inn; a campsite, and a very secluded house in the Geisterschlucht (Ghost gorge), but also six bungalows called Eagle's Nest; they are a 7 km drive from the main house, on the slopes of a mountain overlooking the endless plains to the West - great for sunsets. The Eagle's Nest bungalows are all built around huge boulders, so you share your room with a rock :-)

The Eagle's Nest bungalows are self-catering, but you can also have breakfast and dinner in the main house. Food was great there, especially the breakfast topped all other lodges I've been to in Namibia.

Klein-Aus Vista is a good place for excursions to Lüderitz, the Namib red dunes at Koichab, and to the Wild Horses who have been living in the desert since 1915. The hosts Piet and Johan are very knowledgeable about the region, and ready to give advice.

Check out my travel diary including Klein-Aus Vista, for more info and pics:

Summary: Klein-Aus Vista is the perfect place to enjoy Namibia's lone South in quiet and luxurious surroundings.

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Address: P.O.Box 25 | Aus, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Khomas Region > Namib-Naukluft Park
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Namib-Naukluft Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Klein-Aus Vista: Desert Horse Inn and Eagle's Nest Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn: Located in the Aus Mountains at 1,400 metres above sea level, Desert Horse Inn affords grand vistas of mountain scenery and sweeping desert plains. It consists of 24 spacious and tastefully decorated en suite rooms. Relax with sundowners on the wooden deck before enjoying a 3-course meal in the restaurant. Exchange travel experiences and recommendations at the evocative Wild Horse Bar or at the cosy fireplace in the lounge. Klein-Aus Vista - Eagle's Nest Lodge: Solitude, silence, space and magnificent sunsets - these are the characteristics of the atmosphere at Eagle's Nest Chalets. A 15 minutes' drive from the reception at the Desert Horse Inn, 8 chalets are nestled against a mountain slope and afford unique views of the boundlessness of the desert. Each of the natural rock chalets sits between massive granite boulders and contains a bathroom, kitchenette, fireplace and private veranda. Meals are served at the Desert Horse Inn restaurant. Take-away breakfast or barbecue packs are available on request. ... more   less 
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