A herd of wild horses on the move. (Photo by Cheryl Korff, via Panoramio)

A herd of wild horses on the move.
(Photo by Cheryl Korff, via Panoramio)

Namibia’s southern region is home to one of the few feral populations of wild horses in the world. Near the small town of Aus these majestic animals roam freely along with ostriches, gemsbok and whatever other migrating herds of animals traverse through the region.

It is widely believed that the current horse herds are a result of animals having escaped from the German military during World War I. These horses then interbred with other abandoned horses from nearby stud farms that used to operate in the area.

Two horses in full flight. (Image courtesy of Vincent Grafhorst)

Two horses in full flight.
(Image courtesy of Vincent Grafhorst)

The great thing about these animals is they offer wonderful photo opportunities for photographers as you have a chance to take some quite surreal snaps of these usually domesticated animals living in the wild.

There is an observation point from which you can watch the horses. It is a shelter that has been constructed so that visitors can sit on benches and under shade while they watch the horses and various other game interact at the nearby watering hole.

Where to stay

An unusual gathering of horses, ostriches and Oryx is common place at this watering hole.

An unusual gathering of horses, ostriches and Oryx is common place at this watering hole.

The best place to stay if you want to spend an afternoon with the feral horses is in the village of Aus. Aus has several accommodation options that can account for everybody’s needs.

Klein Aus Vista is a collection of different accommodations that range in price and size. Check out their website here to make a booking.

The Banhof Hotel is also a good bet if you want to stay in the charming little village. Visit their website by clicking here

From : Namibia Tourism