The Aus Mountain Experience

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There is something extraordinarily special about the landscape around Klein-Aus Vista. It is where streaks of Namib sand merge with the bleached grasses of the Pro-Namib in a sensuous slow dance of splendour.

Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn

Welcome to Klein-Aus Vista

Desert Horse Inn, nestled in the rocky Aus Mountains, is famed for its extensive and lovely vistas, best seen from one of the mountain bike or hiking trails, a viewpoint above the Klein-Aus Vista campsite or from the secluded Eagle’s Nest Chalets. For the more adventurous we recommend our rustic Geisterschlucht Cabin.

The Lodge is imbued with the energy of the horses, adding a spirited component to the warmth of the family-owned lodge. As the pastel landscape transforms into desert en route to Lüderitz and the coast, there is the abandoned diamond mining town of Kolmanskop to visit where disintegrating houses are a photographer’s playground, a desert town to discover and fascinating promontories to explore.

Lodge & Chalets

Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn

Desert Horese Inn

Where the subtle colours of the grassy Pro-Namib merge with Namib sands in a lovers’ embrace, you’ll find Klein Aus Vista. Surrounded by the rocky Aus hills, Desert Horse Inn is an attractive base for a sojourn in south-western Namibia en route to the famed dunes of Sossusvlei.


Eagle’s Nest Chalets

Forever landscapes, solitude, silence and sunsets. Klein Aus Vista’s Eagle Nest is a self-catering getaway with eight individually-built rock chalets. Keep to yourself or drive to Desert Horse Inn’s restaurant for delicious fare and congenial company.


Campsite & Self-Catering

Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Campsite

Desert Horse Campsite

Large old camel thorn trees greet camping guests at the Desert Horse Campsite in a small valley of the Aus Mountains. Each of the ten sites is equipped with a tap, table, grill and windbreak. Neat shower and toilet facilities are within easy reach of each site.


Klein-Aus Vista - Geisterschlucht Cabin

Geisterschlucht Cabin

Rustic Geisterschlucht Cabin nestles in a sheltered valley of the Aus Mountains. Ideally suited for families and groups, this down-to-earth cabin will be reserved for only one group at a time (a minimum rate is charged), ensuring privacy.


What to do at Klein-Aus Vista

Klein-Aus Vista beckons with great recreational opportunities ranging from mountain biking tours to trail running and nature drives.

Excursions & Drives

We gladly show you the fascinating plant and animal world of the Succulent Karoo on a scenic drive through Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park.


If you want to explore the flora and fauna of the Succulent Karoo desert on your own you have six different hiking trails to choose from.

Mountain Biking

The mountain bike trails in the Aus Mountains are a mountain biker’s paradise.

Wild Horses of the Namib

They roam the sparsely vegetated plains of the Namib Desert in small groups: the Wild Horses.

Kolmanskop & Lüderitz

When diamonds were found in 1908, a little town with grand mansions rose from the Namib Desert.

Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park

The Succulent Karoo - after soft winter rains a sea of bright flowers in the vast plains of the southern Namib.