A startling sight for anybody driving through the desert without prior knowledge of their existence, the wild horses of the Namib have adapted to the harshest possible conditions to freely roam the barren plains of the Garub, on the eastern fringes of the desert. Close to Aus and Luderitz, the wild horses are usually easy to see when driving in the area, as they often congregate next to the main road or even cross it en masse!
Descended from domesticated animals used on farming settlements, the exact reasons they broke away from human influence to become wild remain shrouded in contention. This air of mystery, their unique behavioural patterns and an admiration for how they have continued to survive in the desert, even in the worst years of drought and famine, helps to account for the fascination the horses hold for locals and tourists alike. There is now a photographic hide near a trough at Garub where the horses come to drink, so if your timing is in you should return home with some excellent pictures.