Luederitz is a slighty sleepy and maybe also bizarre place, which forms the basis of its appeal. The founding settlement of Namibia today consists of some 20 000 citizens. It was built on the bare granite rocks at the fringe of the Namib Desert and is openly exposed to the frequent Atlantic winds. Heavy sea fogs and sand storms contribute to the rough weather conditions of Luederitz.
Nostalgic Luederitz presents itself to the visitor as a very colourful town, due to the numerous lovingly maintained buildings in the Wilhelmian Art Deco from the times of German colonialism. Above the town towers the Lutheran "Felsenkirche" built in 1911.
Even in the hot summer months the water temperature in Luederitz rarely excedes 18 degrees celsius. The rough coast of Luederitz is thus not a desirable place for the swimming enthusiast, but it has quite a few other attractions. In the Eberlanz Mueum in Diaz Street the history of the town and its diamond mining industry is well presented. On Shark Island, the monument of Adolf Luederitz can be seen, and you will enjoy a stunning view of the town.
Directions: On the Southern Coast of Namibia. Access only through one road in the South.
Luderitz is a little beautiful town with a german taste and with a picturesque habour. Of course I can not say that is a place to come if is not because you are going to somewhere else, cause is a long way to here and only for the town, I think is not worth the travel. Is not so nice or interesting to come so far away to see it ... not for me.
You can eat nice fish at its habour, and visit the near Ghost Town.
You can take a boat trip that goes out at 8 am to see dolphins, seals, penguins. If you want to take the trip you must be with very warm clothes cause is really cold.
On the way to and from Luederitz you pass through a restricted area: DIAMONDS!!!!
In 1908 Namibia had a "diamond rush". Within two years, a town, complete with a casino, school, hospital and exclusive residential buildings, boomed up in the barren sandy desert near Luederitz, called Kolmanskop. Over 1000 kilos of diamonds were found before World War I. Their amount greatly diminished after the war. Furthermore, considerably larger diamonds were found in the south near Oranjemund, causing Kolmanskop to become a ghost town. You can get tours through Kolmanskop and will see, how the sand is rapidly taking over!
Lüderitz was the founding town of Namibia and counts some 10,000 inhabitants today. It was built on the naked granite rocks at the edge of the Namib Desert and is exposed to the frequently blowing Atlantic winds more or less without protection. And also the sea fog and the sand storms contribute to the rough weather conditions of Lüderitz. It takes you a couple of hours drive through the desert to reach this place, and when you arrive, you have the feeling, that you stepped back in time!
Lüderiz has remained to be a slighty sleepy and bizarre place, which makes it kind of attractive! Nostalgic Lüderitz presents itself to the visitor as a very colourful town, due to the numerous lovingly maintained buildings in the Wilhelmian Art Deco (the German equivalent to the Victorian style) from the times of German colonialism. Above the town you will find the Lutheran "Felsenkirche" built in the year 1911.
The beginning of Namibia startet in Luderitz, a small town at the very edge of the Namib desert. Named by the German Adolf Luderitz, who bought land around this area in 1883. It was the beginning of German colonial South West Africa.
Although very remote, Luderitz has plenty to offer for the visitor. You can stroll through the picturesque town full of colonial buildings. There is Shark Island, where there is a beautiful (though at times very windy) camp ground. A half day trip leads you around Luderitz peninsula. Here you can see flamingoes, seals, penguins and lonely beaches. Water temperatures however are at 18 degrees celsius only for the tough. Close to Luderitz you also can dig for sand roses and agates at Agate beach. Another must is the visit of the ghost town of Kolmanskop.
Pity how the desert has taken over part of this town. But still a lovely place to visit and explore.