Activities & Attractions
Bahnhof Hotel Aus offers various day tours and an unforgettable “Sundowner Drive”.
The village was formerly the site of a prisoner-of-war camp established by the South African forces in 1915 to house German soldiers captured during the First World War. The inmates initially lived in tents but later built clay- brick houses. The number of prisoners initially reached 1500, but after all the volunteer soldiers were sent home, their numbers in the camp remained at 1200. In May 1919 all the soldiers were repatriated and the camp was closed. A plaque marks the site today and it is demarcated as a historical heritage site.
The area west of Aus is noted for its herd of feral horses living in the desert. They urinate less than domestic horses and can go five days without water. They drink at an artificial water hole at Garub Pan where a blind has been erected to enable tourists to watch the animals without disturbing them.
The situation of the Wild horses at Garub (a water hole for the feral horses) has improved due to the rain a few months ago. No feeding is supplied by the Wild Horse Foundation anymore. Since February 2019 the hyenas stopped preying on the horses; 73 are left including 31 mares, 40 stallions and 2 foals. Some mares are pregnant again, more foals will be born in the coming months and will hopefully have a chance to reach adulthood.