Lüderitz

Lüderitz            
Lüderitz is located directly on the coast in southern Namibia and this sunny and colourful fishing harbour town has played a key role in Namibia's maritime and diamond history. Originally named *Angra Pequena* (small bay) by the famous Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias in 1488, it was re-named Lüderitz in 1884.


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Lüderitz 
Lüderitz
today is a colourful fishing harbour town with tourists from around the world coming to see its many interesting early 20th Century German Art Nouveau buildings. The nearby (only 10kms away) world renowned Kolmanskop Ghost Diamond Town allows you the opportunity to see and experience what life was once like in this harsh desert landscape.

Back in 1912, *Kolmanskuppe* was one of the richest towns on the planet with its own millionaires row, large outdoor swimming pool, bowling alley, hospital, entertainment hall and ice making factory! The first X-ray machine in the southern hemisphere was introduced here as well as the first tram in Africa. Daily guided tours are on offer.

Lüderitz is also famous for its delicious fresh seafood; lobster, oyster and the much sought after abalone ( Cape Perlemoen ).

Departing from the towns small but modern waterfront, there are daily marine cruises to see Dias Point, outlying islands with Namibias largest colony of African Penguins ( Halifax Island ), Heaviside Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals ( Seal Island ) and sometimes whales.

Desert adventure activities are available including; 4x4 Guided and 4x4 Self-drive tours into the vast Namib Naukluft Park to the north and the Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet National Park) to the south. The Tsau //Khaeb covers a large area of 26,000 km2 and contains over 2,300 endemic succulents the worlds top region for succulents found nowhere else. The spectacular 59 metre high Bogenfels (coastal rock arch) is also located in the Tsau //Khaeb and is included in a full day 4 x 4 guided tour with the Pomona ghost diamond town and factory en-route.

Lüderitz
is also home to the worlds PREMIER kite and wind surfing speed sailing event, the Lüderitz Speed Challenge, which takes place every year between November to December. During the 2012 event many national and world records have been smashed and five competitors broke the *magical* 50 knot / 90kph+ speed barrier for the first time. Adventure activities are on offer including a kite surf school offering lessons for those wishing to learn to kite surf.

Various accommodation establishments are available including one of Namibias leading four star hotels. Lüderitz is easily accessible by good tarred roads as well as by air with direct AIR NAMIBIA flights from Windhoek International Airport. AIR NAMIBIA uses a fleet of modern jet aircraft with onboard services.

To fully appreciate all that is on offer in and around this unique historical town, a minimum two nights stay is highly recommended.