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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Klein-Aus Vista: Desert Horse Inn And Eagle's Nest Lodge Namibia/Namib-Naukluft Park