Even in summer the water temperatures in Lüderitz hardly ever excede 18 degrees. The rough coast of Lüderitz is hence not the right place for the swimming enthusiasts amongst the tourists, but it has quite a few other attractions. In the Eberlanz Mueum in Diaz Street the history of the town and of the diamond mining is presented nicely. On Shark Island the monument of Adolf Lüderitz is to be seen, and one has a stunning view of the town.
The constantly busy harbour is also interesting. Fishing boats come and leave, fish is unloaded and transported away. At the beautiful Agate Beach, 8 kilometres north of town, one can have wonderful walks. If you're lucky, you find an agate splinter in the sand or one of the numerous sand roses which consists of crystallized gypsum. Very rewarding is a drive across the Lüderitz Peninsula, a nature conservation area with innumerable little bays and untouched beaches. The drive takes you around the lagoon, where flamingoes and many other birds are to be seen.
In the Lüderitz Bay Cannery one can watch rock lobster being processed. You can try some for little money at one of the many excellent restaurants in town. Of course, catch-fresh fish, mussels and oysters can also be found on the menu. Lüderitz can offer comfortable accommodation in cute guest houses and modern hotels nowadays.
There is more interesting information on the next two pages. Travel hints and accommodation in Lüderitz you will find on the Tourist Info page.
Lüderitz has remained to be a slighty sleepy and bizarre place, from which qualities it derives its special attractivity. The founding town of Namibia today counts some 10,000 citizens. 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.
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 towers the Lutheran "Felsenkirche" from the year 1911.
The people here mainly earn their living in the fishing industry. The cold Benguela current with its huge amounts of plancton generates a rich marine life. Because the water is very clean here, oysters are being bred as well. So far the catching of rock lobsters has been particularly lucrative. But over the last years the sea has been strongly overfished, so that the quota had to be reduced.
Top left: Residence in the colonial style in Lüderitz. Bottom: The Felsenkirche (Rock Church). Top right: The picturesque Lüderitz. Below: Lüderitz Peninsula. Bottom: Lobsters.