How to make memories in the Aus area

How to make memories in the Aus area?

Upon your arrival at Klein-Aus Vista, whether you are staying at Eagle’s Nest or Desert Horse Inn, the very first thing you should do is relax. After the long dusty road, take time to sit back and relax.

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The first must do in the area is a visit to Namibia’s eerie yet famous and beautiful ghost town Kolmanskop, located approximately 100 km from Klein Aus.

Photo by Kalf van Zyl

Photo by Kalf van Zyl

The first tour starts at 09h00 in the morning, but if you feel the need to sleep in, you can also join the 11h00 clock tour.

When you have had enough of getting chills from the forgotten voices buried in the sand, have lunch at the Penguin Restaurant in Luderitz, a popular hangout spot to get the freshest fish and other ocean delicacies like Lobster and oyster. My mouth is already watering just by the thought.

Image source: Travel news Namibia

Image source: Travel news Namibia

For the historian within, Luderitz boasts a rich selection of buildings worth visiting.

The Deutsche Afrika Bank Building was the first bank to be built in Luderitz in true German colonial style. On 7 February 1980 it was declared a National Monument by the National Monuments Council of South-Africa.

Image Source - The heritage portal

Image Source – The heritage portal

Other buildings worth visiting includes the Magistrates Residence and the and Lampe building.

Krabbenhoft and Lampe building

Krabbenhoft and Lampe building

If history and old buildings is not really your cup of tea, hop on an early morning boat trip to Halifax Island with Zeepaard Catamaran. Bookings are essential and the boat trip leaves at exactly 08h00 from the Luderitz Waterfront jetty. A rookery of more than 1000 African penguins will delight you with their charming waddle in their natural habitat. Dolphins will escort you to Diaz point, and sometimes when in season and if you are lucky you might just spot a whale.

Image by Jessica Kemper

Image by Jessica Kemper

Upon returning to klein-Aus, stop at Garub to greet the Wild Horses.


Back at Klein-Aus vista, indulge in the coolness of the newly built swimming pool or end the day off with a sunset drive.


If you are a hiker at heart, and love to feel African soil creek with each step, and listen to the rustling of the grass, then you are definitely at the right place. 6 Hiking trails to choose from, from short and easy hikes, to trails that require a little bit more skill.

There is also the option of mountain-biking if you feel the need for adventure.


That is all I have in my travel diary for now but if you feel there is a recommended activity in the area that is worth a try or a must do, please let me know. I would love to try it out.

Our next stop: The Fish River Canyon.

Travel is in our DNA, making memories is what we aim for.


Jessica Thomas is a local freelance writer. She is an eccentric young lady who has a love affair with writing. Get on board her journey of discovery.


Wanted in 30 Days. The best Namibian photo

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You have the chance to win 2 nights for two people at any of the Gondwana Collection Namibia lodges and it is very easy.

Send a Namibian photo to You can send in 3 images per day for the duration on the competition.
Photos can be in any category or style i.e Landscape, animals, people, fauna, flora, buildings or monuments as long as it is Namibian. It should portray Namibia through its people, plants, mountains, rivers, buildings, animals and all that makes Namibia beautiful.
Each day, for 30 days, we will choose the best photo received for that day and we will post it on the Gondwana Collection Namibia Facebook page. All photos received will also be uploaded on a Pinterest album.
The 30 chosen photos posted on our Facebook page throughout the competition, will go into a draw at the end of the competition to stand the chance to win 2 nights for 2 people at any Gondwana Collection Namibia lodge on a full board basis: Dinner, lunch, bed & breakfast.
The Wanted Competition runs from 16 January 2015 to 14 February 2015.
Only entries submitted via email will be accepted.
The Overall winner to be announced on the 17th of February 2015.


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At Gondwana Collection Namibia we are constantly looking for ways to charm and delight you. We went through our photo collection with a fine tooth comb to find the most beautiful images of Namibia; one for each month of the year.

Save them as a screensaver on your computer desktop to remind you each day of the exquisite beauty Namibia possesses. You can either download the calender album, or scroll down to download the photo album.

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