Wild Desert Horses of Aus - Namibia

21st October 2014
On route from Keetmanshoop to Luderitz is the small town of Aus and about 15km outside of Aus on the way to Luderitz is the Garub waterhole, it is here that we stopped to see if we could spot the Wild Desert horses of Namibia, I was hoping to catch a glimpse of one or two animals and my perception of the wild horses was that they were “wild” but as we approached the waterhole we saw a large herd of horses scattered around the waterhole, we counted 67 animals in total, there were 8 other tourists at the waterhole and one horse was eating chips out of a ladies hand ! not really what I had expected from Wild horses. We spent about an hour or so observing the horses and their interactions with each other, there were a couple of Stallions involved in a semi duel but it was a hot day and I suspect they were not too serious at that point.

I suppose over time and lots of people stopping at the Waterhole the horses have got habituated to the people and now seem to be totally unconcerned as visitors come and go and they get fed the odd “beef chutney” chips ! It was nice to see the horses and a nice break on route to Luderitz.


Photo comment By Dr. Ngondi A. Kamatuka: Andrew: Thanks so very much for sharing photos of these magnificent animals that have managed to survive in harsh conditions. Do we know how many of these horse are there? Has any counting taken place? As a Namibian living in Kansas, I am proud to see pictures of these wild horses.
Photo comment By m hofer: Beautiful creatures and survivors all who don't need humans (except for chips!)
Photo comment By Ilse Botes: Wow!!

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