The town of Lüderitz is found in southern Namibia, on the western side of the country. It is located on the coast, in the Namib desert giving it a mild arid climate. Despite this aspect, or perhaps because of it, Lüderitz is a little treasure trove of interesting sites.
The city rests on a little bay, which was first discovered by Bartolomeu Dias in 1487. The settlement was only established though in 1883 and only flourished later still, in the early 1900's when the locals finally realised the wealth of natural resources in the area, for starters, the whales, birds and fish. A whaling station was established, fishing ventures became more common, seal hunting was practised and guano was harvested. This was when it began its life as a trading post.
Today though none of these practises are carried out, save for fishing. Much of the town's economy is dependent instead on tourism. Tourists come to ogle the colonial architecture - a surreal sight in this sandy outpost - and wildlife is a major draw card too. Thankfully whales and seals still inhabit these waters and there is an abundance of sea birds. In fact the area is recognised by a number of global conservation bodies, such as Bird Life, as an IBA (important bird area). Apart from coastal birds like gannets, cormorants and penguins you'll also find ostriches and flamingos in the region.
Lüderitz has many remnants and reminders of the history which has taken place in the area. Shark Island just of the coast, for example, was the site of a concentration camp during the horrific genocide of the Herero and Namaqua people in the early 1900's, and the ghost town of Kolmanskop, once a thriving diamond-mining settlement, is just up the road. It is an eerie place, enveloped by the sand over the years and now making for great photographic opportunities.
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Krabbenhoft und Lampe Guest House overlooks the historic town of Lüderitz and offers guests a choice of comfortable self-catering units.
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Not Lüderitz of 20 years ago any more - but still a very nice visit. we went with Coastway Tours in perfect weather to Bogenfels - what a day and experience. Thanks Coastway and Lüderitz!
- Johann Leuvennink
We liked the town
- Erina De Villiers
Awesome place to visit
- Rina Boshoff
Still a beautiful town. Worth a visit if you have the time to do the distance. At least 3 nights required.
- Roy Howton
At first glance Luderitz comes across as somewhat of a poor relation to that of its neighbouring cities like Swakopmund. But scratch beneath the surface and you will find a town full of history and outdoor activities, not to mention warm hearted and friendly inhabitants. The highlight of our visit was a trip to Kolmanskop (ghost town), and it did not disappoint us. The guides are so knowledgeable and full of passion about the area. Don't miss a visit to Shark Island and a chance to hear about the former prisoner of war camp and penal colony there. After a day quad biking or 4 x4 in the dunes, top the day off with stunning sunset views across the ocean from the church on top of the hill.
- Janet Greener