Aus is a small desert settlement in the south-west of Namibia set against the rocky Aus Mountains. It is home to 300 desert-adapted wild Namib horses which can be seen drinking at Garub waterhole.
The small village of Aus and the Huib Plateau was originally inhabited by hunter-gatherer groups and is now a railway town in southern Namibia with an interesting and diverse history. The town is named ‘snake fountain’ as it is the last reliable water source before the expansive Namib Desert. Today, Aus is home to one of the only populations of wild horses in Africa! The village offers an authentic ‘Wild West’ atmosphere amidst rustic and natural beauty.
Venture into the desert in search of the wild Namib Desert Horses.
Visit the Garup Pan and its desert borehole to watch wildlife from a hide.
Learn about Aus’ military history at the prisoner-of-war camp.
Journey into the Aus mountains for a hike amidst the karoo desert’s flora and fauna.
Find it on the map
Best time to go to Aus
The best time to visit Aus is between October and May. This marks spring and summer in the desert town. Although rainfall and poor weather is unlikely throughout the year, these months provide the most sunshine. However, January, February, and March are Aus’ hottest months with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees celsius. From March to May, Aus experiences most of its tourism making it more vibrant, but those looking for good rates and fewer crowds should visit in June, July, and August.
Featured Aus stays
Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite
Mountain views in a little valley near of the settlement of Aus