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      There is something extraordinarily special about the landscape around Klein-Aus Vista.
      It is where streaks of Namib sand merge with the bleached grasses of the Pro-Namib in
      a sensuous slow dance of splendour.

      The lodge, nestled in the rocky Aus Mountains, is famed for its extensive and lovely vistas, best seen from one of the mountain bike or hiking trails, a viewpoint above the Klein-Aus Vista campsite or from the secluded Eagle’s Nest Chalets. Contributing to the scenery, the Wild Horses of the Namib remind us of untethered freedom and appeal to our soul to embrace the wonderful adventure of life in its entirety.

      Desert Horse Inn is imbued with the energy of the horses, adding a spirited component to the warmth of the family-owned lodge. As the pastel landscape transforms into desert en route to Lüderitz and the coast, there is the abandoned diamond mining town of Kolmanskop to visit where disintegrating houses are a photographer’s playground, a desert town to discover and fascinating promontories to explore. For the more adventurous we recommend our Rustic Geisterschlucht Cabin.

      Mountain Biking
      Namibia stands for endless horizons, wilderness and beautiful natural settings. An excellent way to experience the stunning nature of Namibia is to go on a mountain bike ride through these wide and mountainous landscapes. We laid out different trails on our land which cater for intermediate to advance mountain bikers and guide you through the wild romantic scenery of the Aus Mountains in Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park and the neighboring Farm Kubub. Our trails lead you through the impressive biodiversity, geology and historical sites of the area.

      Landscapes
      The landscape on the trails is characterized by granite gneiss outcrops, rugged valleys, meandering dry river courses and vegetation of the Succulent Karoo which is one of the most diverse desert biomes worldwide. The altitude varies from 1250m to close to 1700m.a.s.l. Cyclists will be able to spot klipspringers or the occasional kudu en-route, but the grand vistas over the Namib are by far the highlight.

      Routes
      There is a choice of different routes and laps varying from 18km to 60km. The trails mostly consist of narrow challenging single track paths as well as jeep tracks through the Aus Mountains. The single track routes also follow the hiking trails. Please be careful when approaching hikers on the trails. The Jeep tracks used to be historic transport routes and were built by the Schutztruppe during World War I. With the help of mules and oxen provisions and water were supplied to the entrenchments at the western foothills. The fortifications (ramparts and trenches) can still be seen today. All Routes are described below and listed with maps and full descriptions in the Routes Tab.

      Bike Rental
      - full suspension mountain bikes
      - All bikes are fitted with a multi-tool kit, compressed CO2 cylinder with tyre inflator device
      - Helmets are supplied at no charge
      - Bikes have tubeless tyres filled with a tyre sealant, no spare tubes supplied
      - Pre-bookings prefered
      - Rates: N$ 400 for daily hire from 7am till 7pm
      - Note that the park permit is not included in the rental rate
      - Damages to bikes, including tyres, are for your account.

      Orange Arrow Route
      Colour Code: Orange Arrows
      Distance: 18-45 km
      Elevation Gain: 377-1000m
      Duration: 1h30 to 4 hours
      Grading: Intermediate to Advanced
      Start: Desert Horse Inn Parking Area or Campsite

      White Arrow Route
      Colour Code: White Arrows
      Distance: 18-60km
      Elevation Gain: 377-1500m
      Duration: 1h30 to 6 hours
      Grading: Intermediate to Advanced
      Start: Desert Horse Inn Parking Area or Campsite

      Time Trial / Cross Country Route
      Colour Code: Grey Arrows
      Distance: 11.5 km
      Elevation Gain: 377m
      Duration: 40min to 1.15 hours
      Grading: Intermediate to Advanced
      Start: Desert Horse Inn Parking Area

      Hiking
      There are numerous ways to discover the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park and its adjacent lands. For nature-and adventure lovers, we offer various marked hiking trails which guide you through the wildly romantic scenery of the Aus Mountains to explore the flora and fauna of the Succulent Karoo desert. The trails cater for both beginners and experienced hikers and we have six different hiking trails to choose from. All trails are carefully marked with differently coloured arrows. At every starting point we located an Info Kiosk with detailed maps and information of all trails and specific parking spots, so that you can comfortably start from several locations, regardless of where you are staying at Klein-Aus Vista.

      Schanzen Trail
      Colour Code: Brown Arrows
      Distance: 5.1 km
      Duration: approximately 90 minutes
      Grading: Easy to Intermediate
      Start: Desert Horse Inn or Campsite Info Kiosk

      Vista Trail
      Colour Code: Red Arrows
      Distance: 4.1 km
      Duration: approximately 90 minutes
      Grading: Easy to Intermediate
      Start: Campsite Info Kiosk

      Schutztruppe Trail
      Colour Code: Yellow Arrows
      Distance: 10.8 km
      Duration: approximately 3 hours
      Grading: Easy to Intermediate
      Start: Campsite or Geisterschlucht Info Kiosk

      Mountain Trail
      Colour Code: Black Arrows
      Distance: 6.4 km
      Duration: approximately 2 hours
      Grading: Intermediate to Advanced
      Start: Eagles Nest or Geisterschlucht Info Kiosk

      Geister Trail
      Colour Code:Green Arrows
      Distance: 12.7 km
      Duration: approximately 4 hours
      Grading: Intermediate to Advanced
      Start: Geisterschlucht or Eagles Nest Info Kiosk

      Eagle Trail
      Colour Code: Blue Arrows
      Distance: 17.7 km or 20.4 km
      Duration: approximately 5 hours
      Grading: Intermediate to Advanced
      Start: Eagles Nest Info Kiosk
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: Yes
      Shuttleable: YES
      AKA: Aus Vista
      Land Status: Conservation Reserve
      Desert Horse Inn Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Reception at the Wild Horse Inn
      2km west of Aus, on the B4 main road to Luderitz

      GPS-coordinates in 'degree, decimal-minutes':
      S 26˚ 39.121 - E 16˚ 14.608

      P.O. Box 25, Aus, Namibia
      Tel: Tel: +264 (0)63 258116/ 258021
      Fax: +264 (0)88623302
      info(at)klein-aus-vista.com

      Website and social media links below.
      Disclaimer:
      A park permit is required for all hiking and mountain biking trails. The permit can be purchased at the Desert Horse Inn reception (2020/21: N$50.00 pp). Your contribution is used to conserve the natural beauty of the Succulent Karoo Biome in the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park and the neighboring Klein-Kubub Ranch as well as for the development and maintenance of the more than 100 kilometres of trails - signage, rehabilitation of erosion ditches, collection of litter etc.

      NB Note:
      Please refer to the maps and route descriptions regarding the detailed kilometre breakdowns for the different sections and lap options. With the help of the map, please pre-plan the length of your route according to your fitness and abilities. Take enough water and preferably cycle with a partner.

      Caution:
      These trails are recommended for intermediate to experienced riders. If you are a novice just take it easy and expect to do a bit of walking in-between.
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      Region Status
      Open as of Jul 21, 2023

      Stats

      Trails (view details)
      66
      Trails Mountain Bike
      64
      Trails E-Bike
      64
      Trails Hike
      65
      Trails Trail Running
      65
      Total Distance
      93 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      41 miles
      Total Descent
      10,879 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,450 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      5,464 ft
      Reports
      64
      Photos
      46
      Ridden Counter
      285

      Photos of Klein Aus Vista Mountain Bike

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      May 12, 2020

      Videos of Klein Aus Vista Mountain Bike

      Alex Miller Going up Costas Climb
      0:16 | 16 | May 17, 2020
      Alex Miller falling down The Wall
      0:04 | 13 | May 17, 2020
      Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge...

      1:11 | 231 | May 12, 2020
      Klein Aus Vista MTB Challenge 2018 Standard...
      2:43 | 241 | May 12, 2020 , Aus (Karas Region)
      Costa's Climb & Down The Wall

      2:05 | 156 | May 12, 2020
      Namibian Vistas - Klein-Aus Vista

      1:58 | 211 | May 12, 2020
      The Beautiful South Of Namibia

      2:57 | 195 | May 12, 2020
      The Disappearing Desert Horses Of Namibia

      3:53 | 154 | May 12, 2020

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      Activity Type Stats

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      Mountain Bike6490 miles10,801 ft40 miles1,437 ft
      #10,648#6466416398
      E-Bike6490 miles10,801 ft40 miles1,437 ft
      #4,178#56452
      Hike6583 miles9,642 ft37 miles1,450 ft
      #9,594#76487
      Trail Running6583 miles9,642 ft37 miles1,450 ft
      #9,562#76463
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