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Luderitz, Namibia

Lüderitz is a harbor town in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia, lying on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa. It is a port developed around Robert Harbour and Shark Island.
The town is known for its colonial architecture, including some Art Nouveau work, and for wildlife including seals, penguins, flamingos, and ostriches. It is also home to a museum and lies at the end of a currently decommissioned railway line to Keetmanshoop.

The harbor has a very shallow rock bottom, making it unusable for modern ships; this led to Walvis Bay becoming the center of the Namibian shipping industry. Recently, however, the addition of a new quay has allowed larger fishing vessels to dock at Lüderitz. The town has also re-styled itself in an attempt to lure tourists to the area, which includes... Read more

Luderitz, Namibia

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Lüderitz is a harbor town in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia, lying on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa. It is a port developed around Robert Harbour and Shark Island.
The town is known for its colonial architecture, including some Art Nouveau work, and for wildlife including seals, penguins, flamingos, and ostriches. It is also home to a museum and lies at the end of a currently decommissioned railway line to Keetmanshoop.

The harbor has a very shallow rock bottom, making it unusable for modern ships; this led to Walvis Bay becoming the center of the Namibian shipping industry. Recently, however, the addition of a new quay has allowed larger fishing vessels to dock at Lüderitz. The town has also re-styled itself in an attempt to lure tourists to the area, which includes a new waterfront area for shops and offices.
Just outside Lüderitz lies the ghost town of Kolmanskop, a prominent tourist destination. This previously bustling diamond town is now abandoned and fights a constant struggle against being buried under the shifting sand dunes of the Namib desert.

Lüderitz has a mild desert climate, with moderate temperatures throughout the year. The average annual precipitation is 17 millimeters (0.67 inches). Windy and cold conditions can occur due to the cold South Atlantic current on the coast.


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Luderitz, Namibia: Port Information


Your cruise liner will dock close to the center of the town. However, sometimes, vessels anchor offshore, and passengers are transported ashore by tender boats. 
Everything is within walking distance. 

Get around Luderitz, Namibia


By rental car

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There are several tour operators in Luderitz which will also take you to some of the area's attractions. There are several standard car rental agencies in town which will enable the tourist to see the Luderitz Peninsula, including Diaz Point, Agate Beach and some of the bays teeming with flamingos.

What to see in Luderitz, Namibia


There are many historic German colonial buildings including the Deutsche Afrika bank building, the Station building, the Old Post Office, and the small Felsenkirche (the church on the rocks), a Lutheran church. One of the most notable buildings is the Goerke Haus at the end of Zeppelin Street. This is one of Luderitz's best-preserved buildings, considered one of the "diamond palaces". Other buildings of note are Troost House, Kreplin House, Krappenhoft and Lampe building, Woerman House and Turnhalle.

What to do in Luderitz, Namibia


Town Walking Tour

The historic town architecture is a mixture of German Imperial Style and Art Nouveau. These are best seen on foot, a short walk through the town. Visit the building noted above.

Halifax Island

The Zeepard (seahorse) catamaran drives daily to Halifax Island, home to one of the few colonies of African penguins. Flamingos and seals can be spotted on tour, and a few dolphins usually chase the boat. Departs from the jetty at 8 AM, to be paid one day in advance at the information office downtown.

Kolmanskop

Do visit the nearby ghost town of Kolmanskop. Founded in 1908, it was a major settlement for diamond miners until richer ore and alluvial deposits were found near Oranjemund. The last settler left in 1956, giving the town over to the sand dunes that have crept in and started to take over the town. It is one of Namibia's premier ghost towns. There are one-hour guided tours daily in the mornings at 9h30 and 10h45. Permits are required and available at Luederitz Tours & Safaris in Bismarck Street, Tel 202719.

Bogenfels

The tour to Bogenfels arch passes the diamond ghost towns of

Elizabeth Bay

and

Pomona

. Apply well in advance, as the necessary permits to visit the restricted diamond area take 4-5 days to process.

Feral Horses

West of Aus, live unique desert-dwelling horses. The population is between 150 and 200 and are eccentric in their adaptation to desert conditions. For example, they are smaller than conventional horses, can go without water for days at a time and urinate less than conventional horses. Several theories abound as to their heritage. Some say that they are remnants of the German Imperial Army abandoned during WWI. Others speculate that they are descendants from a shipwrecked cargo. Follow the signpost north of the B4 about twenty kilometers west of Aus.

What to eat and drink in Luderitz, Namibia


Eat

Lüderitz is a center for rock lobster. Seafood is a specialty of the area.

Drink

Windhoek Lager Beer, brewed in Windhoek. Brewed according to the German Beer Purity Law, it's the best beer you'll find in southern Africa.

Shopping in Luderitz, Namibia


​Fish is the best thing available.

Safety in Luderitz, Namibia


Namibia is a peaceful country and is not involved in any wars. With the end of the Angolan civil war in May 2002, the violence that spilled over into northeastern Namibia is no longer an issue.

Namibia does, however, have a relatively high crime rate. Be careful around ATMs. Pickpockets can be a problem. Lately, there are many armed robberies reported; in most cases, tourists get robbed of belongings carried with them in a bag. 

Most reported robberies take place just outside of the city center. The police report that taxi drivers are often involved: they spot vulnerable tourists and coordinate by cell phoning the robbers. Take these warnings in context; if you are alert and take some common sense precautions, you should have no problems.

Travelers should have no problem visiting the townships but do not visit the townships alone unless you are familiar with the area. If you have been traveling in Southern Africa for a few months, you probably know what you are doing.

Namibia has a serious problem with driving under the influence of alcohol. The problem is aggravated because most people consider it no problem. When driving or walking on weekend evenings, be especially alert.

Language spoken in Luderitz, Namibia


Major indigenous languages include Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, Nama, Damara, Rukwangali, various San languages,and Silozi.

English is the official language and is widely spoken. However, the majority of older Namibians (those educated before independence) speak English only as a third language; therefore, the standard is fairly poor. 

Afrikaans is spoken by many and is the first language of the Coloureds and the Afrikaners. English is spoken as a first language by the remaining English families, and German is spoken by the Namibians of German descent. German is one of the leading commercial languages as well. Portuguese is spoken by immigrants from Angola.

LOCAL TIME

3:38 pm
October 18, 2019
Africa/Windhoek

CURRENT WEATHER

18.09 °C / 64.562 °F
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13.35 °C/56 °F
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LOCAL CURRENCY

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