Is a settlement in the south of Namibia nestled between the B4 road to
Luderitz and the Railroad track. The local population
comprises mainly of the Nama people who can be found across the southern regions
of Namibia. Before the coming of the white man small groups settled in this area as the
grazing was good. They hunted animals such as Kudu, Oryx, Ostrich and the more humble dassies,
or rock hyrax. The Germans established a rail siding here when building the Rail
track from Luderitz to
Keetmanshoop during the
Herero / Nama Uprisings of
1904 - 1907, and it was to this isolated spot that the German Schutztruppe and
Police were interned from 1915 - 1919.
The settlement serves that local farming community and the rail head
at Aus is used to transport the zinc concentrate from the Rosh Pinah and
Skorpion mines, some 125km to the south. The section of rail track running from
Aus Namibia to Luderitz is
presently under major repair and hopefully will be functional in 2009.
I sometimes hear people pooh-hooing Aus as being a one-horse
town in the middle of 'Nowhere', and I suppose I can't disagree with them.
However, if you're a 'Towney' and really want to get away from 'it all' and soak
up the peace and great emptiness of 'Nowhere' this could be one good
place to do it.
The nearby magnificence of the desert and mountain scenery will leave
you just standing there 'taking it all in'. So, for all of those people who just
rush past Aus in their cars, I say, "Go a bit slower and look at what is around you. "The sunrises and sunset desert scenes here are amongst the best on the
planet. I once gave a couple of Canadians a lift down the above road and they
commented that they felt a little uncomfortable about the remoteness, which
surprised me, for Canada is a big place.