Aus is a small, dusty village along the unending stretch of desert road that links Lüderitz to the rest of the country. There is not much to Aus, save for a white-washed German church, a gas station, a railway stop and a school. But it turns out this sleepy town played an important role in a forgotten chapter of the First World War.
I have struggled to describe the places we saw in Namibia without resorting to comparing them to other places, both real and fictional. So for this last installment, I am just going to give in to the urge, in the hopes that it helps provide a sense of the amazing places we visited.
Lüderitz is as unlikely a town as they come. Wedged between the endless sand desert and and vast Atlantic ocean, it is a fisherman’s town with the facade of a Bavarian village.
There is only one way to reach the town of Luderitz by car. It is a 125 km drive west from the nearest town of Aus, and for the entire length of that drive, there is virtually nothing but sand as far as the eye can see.
Southern Namibia is home to the most desolate, dramatic, and stunning landscapes I have ever seen. It is a land of contrasts, where German influences blend with African culture, where the desert collides with the sea. As we travelled around the country, it truly felt as though we had reached a hidden corner of the earth, or had landed on a different planet altogether. I could not get enough of this surreal place.
Sorry for the lack of updates, folks! We have been driving across Namibia having loads of adventures. So far we have camped in the desert under the stars, seen a ghost town being swallowed by the dunes, and dipped our toes in the Atlantic alongside a flock of flamingos. Three days to go, and then I’ll be back on here with the full story.