Camping in Namibia at Klein-Aus Vista

Camping in Namibia is all about wide-open spaces and big clear skies, and Klein-Aus Vista is one of the best places to take advantage of these aspects.

The arid landscapes of Aus are the home of the enigmatic wild horses of Namibia and are at once desolate and mystically beautiful. There’s no better way to embrace these truly rugged landscapes than by pitching your tent at the Desert Horse Campsite.


Desert Horse Campsite is located just 2 kilometers from the Desert Horse Inn in the south-western reaches of Namibia. The camp nestles in a small valley surrounded by the Aus Mountains that is dotted with desert-adapted grasses and undulating land that is ripe for exploring. You’ll find this tranquil escape about 6 hours’ drive from Windhoek, 122km from Lüderitz. Importantly, the Garub water hole, where the wild horses of Namibia gather, is only 20km away.

Camping at Klein-Aus Vista

Desert Horse Campsite features level pitching sites that are shaded by the camel thorn trees so typical of this area, some of them alive with the chatter of sociable weavers in their nest.

Each site has a tap, outdoor barbeque area with a table and bench seating, and is protected from the elements by a wooden screen. Communal ablution blocks offer hot water showers and flush toilets. There is no electricity on site which allows for a truly immersive experience while camping out at Desert Horse Campsite.

If you need to charge your camera or other electronic devices, you may do so at the Desert Horse Inn just 1.5km away. You can also make use of the restaurant, bar and swimming pool located at the Inn.

Activities at Klein-Aus Vista

By far the best things to do while staying at Desert Horse Campsite are relaxing in nature, socializing around the campfire and stargazing late into the night.

You can also head out on hiking and mountain biking trails into the Gondwana Sperregebiet Rand Park, where you’ll find 6 well-marked trails leading off among the succulent Karoo desert. There are hikes to suit every fitness level and ability. A highlight of the Schutztruppe and Vista trails is a viewpoint which overlooks an 80 by 140m etching of a galloping horse set in stone among the desert plains. It’s a timeless and fitting tribute to the most famous inhabitants of Aus.

You’ll need a permit to hike and bike in this area which is easily obtained from the Desert Horse Inn Reception desk. The accompanying fee is used to conserve the landscapes and maintain the 100km of hiking trails.

If preferred, you can book a guided drive into the to park to learn more about the indigenous species that thrive in this unique environment.

Nearby Attractions

Klein-Aus Vista is perfectly located to explore this part of Namibia, with several major attractions in close proximity. These are:

  • Garub Waterhole
  • Kolmanskop Ghost Town
  • The prisoner-of-war camp and graveyard at Aus

A day trip to Lüderitz rewards with historic buildings, delicious seafood and boat trips on the Atlantic Ocean.

Other Accommodation Options at Klein-Aus Vista

If you’re not prepared for camping this time, the Desert Horse Inn offers spacious, upmarket twin rooms as well as 3 and 4 sleeper apartments. You can also book self-catering accommodation at Eagle’s Nest Chalets which can accommodate up to 8 guests each.

A final option is the remote, off-the-grid, ‘Geisterschlucht’ Cabin for 8 people.

Book Your Unforgettable Namibian Camping Adventure at Klein-Aus Vista

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Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite, On the B4 main road to Luederitz, Aus, Namibia


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