Eagle's Nest

Eagle's Nest: Our full report

9 chalets
Traveller's rating
Excellent (95%) From 69 reviews
Best for 8+
All year

The Eagle's Nest stands on the Klein Aus Vista reserve, 2km west of the small town of Aus. In the semi-desert of Southern Namibia and the reserve encompasses both rugged mountains and the plains of the Namib – it is a stark but scenic area.

Klein Aus Vista has two main accommodation options - Desert Horse Inn and Eagle's Nest.

The main reception, lounge and restaurant at Klein Aus Vista are all at the Desert Horse Inn, whilst Eagle's Nest is really simply a small group of nine bungalows spread out over a boulder-strewn hillside. All of these are very different, but all are built with stone walls and floors, and have their own verandas and braai (BBQ) facilities. Most are built partially from boulders, some are built into rock walls, but all are fun, original designs – fitted out fairly rustically.

All have wooden furniture – decorated with earthy designs and colours, and furnished with hand-made wooden furniture. All the chalets have a wardrobe, luggage racks at the foot of the beds, bedside tables complete with lamps and short cotton curtains.

The en-suite bathrooms in the chalets at Eagle's Nest are small with brick and tile interiors. They each come with a flush toilet, washbasin and shower; soap dispensers and bath towels are provided.

Although all the chalets are unique several stand out for special mention:

  • The Boulder at is made up of two interlinked chalets, a 'North' and a 'South' chalet. Each has its own private entrance and en-suite bathroom, but they share a lounge area, and a dining /kitchenette room, between the two chalets. This is accessed doors from each bedroom or thought its own external door. (It's idea for a family or friends traveling together – the chalets are not generally sold separately.)

  • Desert Vista backs onto the rock of the mountain, and has a double and a single bed, and a small, open-plan lounge area and a private terrace.

  • The Rock is built up a steep path higher on the mountain side than the rest of the chalets. It has a very large rock in the middle of the room, and a double and a single bed, a lovely terrace, an usual en-suite bathroom and an open plan lounge area.
Wherever you stay at Eagle's Nest, for meals you have a choice: either drive the 7km or so to the restaurant at the Desert Horse Inn, or prepare your own meals at your chalet.

In a small kitchenette, guests will find the utensils needed for a braai (bar-b-que), and to make a cooked breakfast including a gas stove with a couple of rings. When you arrive, you'll find napkins, clean cutlery, crockery and and a table set and ready for use. As we did on our last visit in May 2018, guests can request a braai pack chosen from an extensive menu (typically including a T-bone steak, game meat or lamb, vegetables, salads and a desert) for dinner, and/or a breakfast platter of fresh fruit, bread, muffins, eggs etc. for breakfast the next morning – the latter can be kept in the chalet fridge to keep it fresh overnight. Each chalet has a stocked honesty bar, so you can enjoy a drink with your meal.

Activities on offer at Klein Aus Vista include scenic drives, sundowners, mountain biking and self guided walks (we don’t recommend attempting the walking trails in reverse it is very easy to get lost. As we found from personal experience, the signs aren’t the easiest to see when walking the ‘wrong’ way). Many self-drive visitors use Eagle's Nest as a base from which to visit the area’s feral horses, the coastal town of Ludertiz and the ghost town of Kolmanskop - without staying in Luderitz itself.

Our view

Klein Aus Vista's Eagle's Nest offers some stunning scenery, really great walking and original, well-designed chalets. The breakfast and braai packs make meals here very easy and are a real hit with most of our travellers - who find self-catering here quite a fun part of their visit. We highly recommend this quirky little place.


Location: Luderitz, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2–3 nights

Directions: Klein Aus Vista is situated just off the B4 just outside of Aus, en-route to the coastal town of Lüderitz.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Independent/Owner-run – managed by the Gondwana Collection.

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Food quality: Guests can choose to enjoy breakfast in the restaurant at the Desert Horse Inn. This is the usual affair with a buffet selection of cold meats, cheeses, breads, cereals, juices, fruit tea and coffee. Cooked breakfast such as eggs and breakfast are cooked order. Alternatively a breakfast platter can be enjoyed in your chalet.

Lunch is available on request from the restaurant only. This is generally a light lunch chosen from a small seasonal menu.

For dinner there is a choice again guests can choose to eat in the restaurant, which is located at the Desert Horse Inn, which must be pre-booked, or they can request a braai pack to cook themselves (our preferred option when we stay here). All chalets have self-catering facilities and equipment, and the braai packs chosen from an extensive menu typically include meat, potatoes, vegetables and/or salad with some cake for dessert.

At the Desert Horse Inn dinner is a three-course meal with the stater and dessert served at the table whilst the main is usually a self-service buffet.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £5-10

Drinks included: No drinks included. All the chalets have an honesty bar in them.

Further dining info: No room service.

Special interests

Family holidays: Come to Eagle’s Nest for scenic drives, self-guided walks, trips to Luderitz and fun braais on your family safari holidays in Namibia! Its family chalets, which have no age restrictions, are widely spaced out and equipped with self-catering facilities.

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Photography holidays: Eagle's Nest is perfectly positioned for the Namib Feral (wild) Horses, high yellow grass and a mountain backdrop make for stunning photos. It is also a convenient base for visiting the ghost town of Kolmanskop, a must see on your photographic holiday to Namibia.

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Walking: From Eagles Nest, guests have the option of seven walking trails; ranging from approx. 4 km to just over 20km. The surroundings are beautiful, and a great place for walking in Namibia.

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Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Property’s age restrictions: There is no age restriction here.

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: None

Notes: Whilst this is a relatively safe environment parental supervision of children at all times is still recommended.


Power supply: Solar Power

Power supply notes: With the use of batteries there is enough power to run the chalets over night although excessive use may drain the batteries. Hairdryers cannot be used here they overload the solar system.

Communications: At the main reception area there is a telephone that guests can borrow and pay for direct. There is free WiFi here too although it can be somewhat unreliable.

TV & radio: A television can be arranged on request for major events only.

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: There are flush toilets and hot and cold running water in all the chalets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: The nearest medical doctor is to be found in Luderitz, although there is also a small clinic in Aus.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: Rural Namibia is generally very safe, and like most similar places, Klein Aus Vista doesn't use any form of armed security.

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in each chalets because each of the chalets has a fire place and gas cooker.


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Extra Charge

Money: There is a small electronic safe in each chalet.

Accepted payment on location: Klein Aus Vista does not accept travelers cheques for payment; they take cash in Namibian dollars or South African rand or Visa or Mastercard cards.

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