This old laid back town is
situated on the naked granite rock coast of the Namib Desert.
Full of character one will
find the atmosphere truly German and the locals are very friendly and helpful
people. The people here rely mainly on fishing and tourism for their existence.
Luderitz was the first German settlement in what was to become German South West
Africa, and charming colorful buildings have been maintained German colonial
When to go
Open all the year round and
cool in summer due to the cooling effects of the Benguela current and coastal
The weather conditions are
harsh since the village is exposed to the Atlantic winds as well as sea fogs and
sand storms, and the cold Benguela Current make the sea too cold to be a "beach
holiday" destination. Luderitz, nonetheless, has a lot to offer to visitors.
- In 1908 there was a real diamond
rush in this area and Kolmanskop was the decadent (German spoken) diamond centre
of Namibia. In 1943 better mines were discovered in the south. All what is left
now, is a spooky ghost town which is very nice for taking pictures though
The "Felsenkirche" is a
Lutheran Evangelical Church and is situated on Diamond Mountain overlooking the
The Luderitz Museum in Diaz
Street presents the history of the town, the local indigenous people, and the
Other buildings are
Goerkehaus, a uniquely characterized house on the slopes of Diamond Mountain
The old Post Office, (1908),
old Station Building (1914), and Turnhalle (1912).
The harbor is busy with
fishing boats coming and going, and the coastline around Luderitz is home to
Jackass Penguins and a Cape Fur seal colony.
The Luderitz Peninsula
provides a spectacular view of the town and harbor, and has many bays and
secluded beaches, and a lagoon where flamingos and other birds can be seen.
There is even a Floating
Diamond Museum, an old diamond boat and conducted trips show you exhibitions of
a diamond diving operation, oyster fishing and the fishing industry.
A monument of Adolf Luderitz,
the German founder of this town, can be found on Shark Island, from where one
also has an excellent view of the town. Diaz Point is south of Luderitz along
the coast and is where a stone cross can be found commemorating Bartholomew
Diaz's discovery of the area in 1487.