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Lüderitz is an old German coastal town in Namibia. It is noted for its distinctive German atmosphere and colonial style buildings, reflecting the Art Nouveau style architecture at the turn of the century. After a major renovation of the waterfront, it is now undergoing a major renaissance.
Luderitz is located 350 km west of Keetmanshoop along a tarred road, the B4, via the hamlets of Goageb and Aus. If travelling by road, plan to arrive early in the day as sand storms are common in the afternoons.
By rental car
There are several tour operators in Luderitz which will also take you to some of the areas 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 shipwreck cargo. Follow the sign post north of the B4 about twenty kilometer west of Aus.
Fish is the best thing available.
Luderitz is a center for rock lobster. Seafood is a specialty of the area.
Windhoek Lager Beer, brewed in Windhoek. According to the German Beer Purity Law, it's the best beer you'll find in southern Africa.
There are several hotels plus several guesthouses.
There is also a picturesque and reasonably priced campground on Shark Island.