Garub and Namibia’s Wild Horses

In the early 20th century steam engines on the Lüderitz–Keetmanshoop line had to stop at the railway station of Garub, about 20 km west of Aus, to refill with water. It was pumped from a borehole several kilometres away. Later a watering point was set up nearby for the Wild Horses of the Namib, which roam the vicinity. The horses’ origin was the subject of numerous stories for decades.

The results of fresh studies, however, give reason to believe that most of them descended from South African army stock which was dispersed during the First World War, and ran wild. Over the decades the horses have excellently adapted to the harsh conditions of the desert. The watering point, about two kilometres from the tarred road, is a good place to watch them.

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