We visited Kolmanskop in the afternoon, when you have to purchase the photographer's license instead of the normal entry ticket. Due to the fact that this price is much higher, almost no one visits in the afternoon. In fact we were the only visitors which made it extra special. The grounds keeper played piano for us in the abandoned casino. Great visit!
The Felsenkirche Evangelical Lutheran Church was consecrated in 1912 and built by German architects. Ironically the church only saw another two years of German colonial times. The church looks especially striking in the late afternoon when the stained-glass windows are illuminated by the setting sun.
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The hotel is situated at the shore, and all rooms face the sea. It is quiet. The have a playground...more
Woermann Street, PO Box 373, Luderitz, 9000, Namibia
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Bremer Strasse, Luderitz, Namibia
Good for: Families
Renowned as serving the best seafood restaurant in Luderitz, Ritzi’s is located on the waterfront complex and offers exceptional views of the ocean from the comfortable veranda.
Favorite Dish: Oysters fresh from Lüderitz!
Penguin Restaurant, part of the Nest Hotel, serves international cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood and a superb wine list. Enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the outside terrace and Oyster Bar.
Favorite Dish: Oysters! Fresh from the Namibian coast!
It is garanteed to see the dolphins and we saw quite a lot. You can go to the harbour and take the trip then pay when leaving the port.
Keep your eyes out for these very unusual trees. They grow mainly in southern Namibia and can be seen along the road from Keetmanshoop to Luderitz. The Kokerboom is a variety of aloe. It is able to live in the dry deserts absorbing moisture through the air during frequent periods of fog that would role in from the coast due to the very cold Benuela current.
The trees are also called Quiver trees because the locals use of the leaf on their arrows. The texture of the bark on this true is unusual. It's like a hard smooth shell.
Kolmanskop was a diamond mining town, and now is ghost town. It was abandoned in 1956 because richer discoveries and the depressed value of diamonds after WW II. Mining by digging a huge hole is not what happened here. This was an alluvial mine which means the sand was sifted and picked through to find the diamonds. Diamond rich land eroded in South Africa by wind and rain only to be deposited by the Benguela current off the coast of Namibia. From there the winds blew the sand and diamonds inland. The town itself isn’t that impressive but the way the dunes have retaking town is quite amazing. The sand is absolutely everywhere and various objects such as bath tubs and signpost are just lying around. There is a museum here which explains the history of Namibia’s diamond mining but the best part of this place is to walk around in and out of the buildings and see how the desert has retaken the town.
Tours in English and German around 9:30 am.
It is best to have your own transportation.
Kolmanskop is about 20 kms west of Luderitz.
Favorite thing: In Luderitz, there are two things will never happen, as my tour guide told me, one is it never rain, the other is never snow. Other things remain unkown.