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Kaukausib Quelle.jpg
Aerial view of Kaukausib source (2016)
Country Namibia
Physical characteristics
 - locationKaukausus source
 - coordinates26°59′15″S 15°38′58″E / 26.987512°S 15.649336°E / -26.987512; 15.649336
Aerial view over Kaukausib spring in the Diamond Restricted Area

Kaukausib-River[1] in German called Kaukausib-Mulde[2] is a Rivier[3] within the Diamond Restricted Area also called Sperrgebiet in the south of Namibia.[4] The Kaukausib-Rivier extends through the Namib from south to north-north-west. At the upper end of the Kaukausib Rivier there is a spring, which carries water throughout the whole year and is a drinking trough for various animals, especially for Oryx and Ostrich. The Kaukausib-spring is located 62 km southeast of Lüderitz and 40 km east of the Atlantic coast on 375 m above sea level (1235 ft). The picture on the right shows some Oryx at the source. A dozen Ostriches move away from the well in direction of the left lower corner of the picture.

In early days, on the march from Lüderitzbucht to Aus oxen were watered at the Kaukausib-well. The Germans write:

... und bald darauf war die Wasserstelle Kaukausib erfüllt von Lärm und Staub, von Gestampf und Ochsengebrüll.

— Meno Holst, Lüderitz erkämpft Südwest S.118 (1941)

In English it means:

... and soon the watering place Kaukausib was filled with noise and dust, with stamping and oxen bellowing.

— Meno Holst, Lüderitz erkämpft Südwest Page:118 (1941)

The book Diamonds in the Desert[5] describes, how August Stauch established a company in the beginning of the 20th century called Kaukausibtal Diamantengesellschaft.


Pictures of Kaukausib Leica Nr.619125 Holler Swakopmund.jpg


  1. ^ Kaukausib Rivier auf GetaMap.net
  2. ^ Kaukausib-Mulde
  3. ^ See German Page Rivier which in local language means Dry-River.
  4. ^ Namibia Travel Map. Kunth-Verlag, München 2017, ISBN 978-3-95504-578-4.
  5. ^ Olga Levinson: Diamonds in the Desert. 2. Auflage, Kuiseb Verlag, Windhoek 2009, ISBN 978-99916-40-85-3.