The Wild Horses of Namibia – Namib Desert Horses
Unbelievable how these horses have learned to adapt:
These very adjustable horses have managed to survive for more than 100 years in the heat of the Namib Desert where there is no shade and temperatures reach 45 degrees C (113 degrees F). In the small town of Garub*, 20 km west of Aus these wild horses can be observed even today.
How did these wild horses get there?
The Namib Desert – Relentless sun and impressive desert landscape
The sun relentlessly scorches this amazing desert landscape of the Namib Desert – it is hard to believe that any creature can live at temperatures of around 45 degrees for any length of time or even survive.
But they managed to do just that: The wild horses of Namibia, the Namib Horses, have lived in this area for more than 100 years and without any human assistance. These feral horses were able to develop in almost complete isolation, and today we can speak of them as a separate breed, the “Namibs”.
>>> Here you can read more about the Namib Desert Horses
If you would like to to know more about the wild horses before you see them, visit the newly built Info Centre in the town of Aus where a poster display gives you background information about the life and history of these formidable animals.
Here the most important ones:
* Garub at one time was a small train station on the railroad between Aus and Lüderitz that was built in 1906. Lüderitz didn’t have its own drinking water and so barrels of water were transported on the railroad from Garub to the coast (120 km distance). Later Lüderitz received a water line and in 1990 the train station in Garub was closed. You can visit the small railroad station to this day.
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