Namibia :: Namib-Naukluft
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Aus is a tranquil desert town some 125km east of Lüderitz on the B4 which runs between Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop. The railway service used to run between the two towns but the train from Keetmanshoop now terminates at Aus. The village was formerly the site of a prisoner-of-war camp established by the South African army in 1915 to house German Schutztruppe captured during the First World War. The inmates initially lived in tents but later built brick houses. The number of prisoners reached 1 500 but by May 1919 the last inmates left and the camp closed. A plaque marks the site today and some of the houses have been reconstructed.
There is a Commonwealth gravesite just north of Aus. What makes this cemetery unusual is that both German and Allied forces rest here together, most were killed by the Spanish flu in 1918.
|Address :||Namib Naukluft, Namibia|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||MTC. LEO|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+264(0)63 258 005|
|Tourist Information :||Yes|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||LRP/ULP|
|Towing Service :||Yes||Towing Service Telephone :||+264(0)81 298 1495|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shops, General Dealer, ATM, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Liquor, Restaurant, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Horse Trails, Swimming, Bird Watching, Stargazing|
Aus is the ideal stopover if you’re on your way to Lüderitz from Keetmanshoop and offers good accommodation.
The feral horses which can be sighted at the nearby Garub Pan. The Prisoner of War Camp and Commonwealth War Graves are also worth a visit.
The climate is usually hot and arid but snow has been recorded in winter.
Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia.
Cash, Debit and Credit cards are legal payment instruments, but many fuel stations choose NOT to accept Debit and/or Credit cards. But generally credit cards are accepted at garages in bigger and touristy towns. Take extra cash with still in case!
There is a clinic in town if you need medical services, +264(0)63 258 008. You can buy basic medication at the shop.
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It’s a small town but it has all the basic necessities travellers might need.
Number quoted is for Namib Garage. (Oct-17).
Popular activities include mountain biking and hiking in the Aus Mountains. Short hikes from Klein Aus Vista Lodge include the Sunset Trail (4km, 1h45) and Schutztruppe Trail (9km, 3h).
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