Where is Luderitz?
Isolated from everywhere apart from the Atlantic Ocean Luderitz is located
in the south of Namibia on the west coast, jammed between diamond fields,
desert, and ocean, all of which have played parts in the towns history.
Distances to luderitz
Distances to Luderitz from:
Ai Ais gravel road via Rosh Pinah: 458km
Ai Ais gravel/tar road via keetmanshoop: 553m
Ai Ais gravel/tar road via Grunau: 610m
Winhoek gravel roads: 690km
Winhoek tar roads: 840km
Noordoewer/Vioosdrif border post: 446km
Ariamsvlei Border post: 585km
Cape Town South Africa: 1130km
Johannesburg South Africa via Botswana :1247km
Johannesburg South Africa via:1530km
Upington South Africa: 734km
Springbok South Africa: 570km
Please note these are guides only.
Luderitz a coastal town with a past
The sheer isolation of Luderitz, the curious way in which its colonial
style buildings cling to the rocks overlooking the bay, on some days a
deep iridescent blue, on others grey and stormy, the crispy fresh climate,
fishing boats bobbing up and down on the Atlantic Horizon, penguins and
seals diving beneath the waves, give the town a curious other world allure.
What to see and do in Luderitz
A town seemingly disconnected with the rest of the world at the end of
the road Luderitz is an old fishing town around a rugged harbour, the
coastline hides seals, penguins, sharks, shipwrecks and diamonds... visit
deserted Kolmanskop - the old mining town that was mysteriously deserted
and now is being retaken by the desert as the remains of the old bowling
alley and decaying houses hint at life before the disappearance of the
Lüderitz is located in a desert region, but has a relatively mild
climate due to its coastal location. It is known for its charming, German-influenced
architecture, with a number of historic buildings and landmarks, such
as the Lüderitz Lighthouse and the Goerke Haus Museum.
The town is also home to a number of natural attractions, such as the
Bogenfels rock arch and the Kolmanskop Ghost Town, which is a former diamond
mining town that has been abandoned and is now a popular tourist attraction.
In addition to its cultural and natural attractions, Lüderitz is
also a hub for outdoor activities.
Why visit Luderitz?
Luderitz located in the Karas Region of southern Namibia is a small coastal
town. However, despite its small size, Luderitz has a large variety of
things to do - from visiting a ghost town in the desert or exploring the
Art Nouveau architecture to kite surfing and observing wildlife.
Luderitz is a quirky and quaint town with interesting architect.Luderitz
was founded in 1883 after Franz Adolf Lüderitz bought the land from
the local Nama chief Joseph Frederiks. In 1909 after the discovery of
diamonds in the area, the town started growing and quickly.
By 1912 the population of the town expanded to 1100 inhabitants. This
area became a prohibited zone for diamond mining and it is still prohibited.
Today Luderitz is a quiet town located on the windy coast of the Namib
Desert with most tourists coming here to visit Kolmanskop - the Ghost
Luderitz’ economic activity is centered on the port. The port was
the only suitable harbor on Namibia’s coast until Walvis Bay’s
incorporation in 1994. When visiting Luderitz, one will notice is distinctive
German atmosphere and the colonial style bulidngs which reflect Art Nouveau
architecture. Luderitz is a great place for rock lobster fishing as well
as processing. Penguin colonies are also found on the nearby Halifax Island
and beautiful flamingos can be seen on beaches south of Luderitz.
Best time to visit In Lüderitz
The summers are comfortable, arid, and clear. The winters are short,
cool, dry, and mostly clear.
Luderitz is windy year round. The best time weather wise to visit Luderitz
is between December and March because the weather is warmer and thus more
Tourist seasons in Lüderitz
Very low season: the lowest number of tourists is in January,
February, March and June.
Low season: the months with a low numbers of tourists are in April,
May and July.
High season in Lüderitz: the months when the number of visitors
to Lüderitz is high is September, October, November and December.
Peak season in Lüderitz: the largest number of tourists visiting
Lüderitz is during August.
We recommend that when choosing to visit Luderitz, base it on other things
you wish to do in Namibia because seasons don’t make a big difference
for visiting Luderitz though it does get hot in summer.
How to get to Luderitz?
Luderitz is located at the base of the Namib Desert at the end of the
Due to Lüderitz being situated on the B4 national road, this
road is the only way into town.
Pretoria to Luderitz is 1,502 km and will take about 15 hours
45 minutes when self-driving. When driving from Pretoria, the route is
as follows: N14 then onto R31 and C16 then onto B1 and finally onto the
Cape Town to Luderitz is 1,129 km and will take about 11 hours
30 minutes when self-driving. When driving directly from Cape Town, the
route is as follows: the N7 then onto the C13 road and lastly onto B4.
Luderitz is about 700 km southwest of Windhoek and about 500 km south
Grocery stores (supermarkets and butchery)
Spar – 23016, Bahnhof St, Luderitz, Namibia 2.
OK Foods – Luderitz, Namibia
Restaurants in Luderitz
There are a variety of restaurants in Luderitz. Below are the top 9
1. Portuguese Fisherman – Seafood, Mediterranean
2. Barrels - Restaurant and Bar
3. Diaz Coffee Shop - Oyster & Wine Bar & Beer garden
4. Penguin Restaurant – Mainly Seafood but has variety
5. Essenzeit – Mainly seafood but has variety
6. Crayfish Bar & Lounge
7. Oyster & Wine Bar
8. Ritzi's Seafood Restaurant
9. Prospectors Inn Hotel Restaurant – Variety
Fuel stations in Luderitz
Engen Fuel Station - 85W4+MX3, Luderitz, Namibia
Shell Fuel Station - 9533+WMQ, Luderitz, Namibia8.
Tyre repair shops
TrenTyre – Erf 101, B4, Luderitz, Namibia
Udo’s Auto Centre - 215 Bahnhoffstreet, Lüderitz, Namibia
ATM’s and Banks
First National Bank - 9533+FCC, Bismarck St, Luderitz, Namibia
Standard Bank - 9533+897, Bismarck St, Luderitz, Namibia
Bank Windhoek - Bismarck St, Luderitz, Namibia4. Commercial Bank of Namibia
- 9533+8F2, Bismarck St, Luderitz, Namibia
The roads to Luderitz are tarred and Namibian roads are generally well
Speed limit on tar roads in Namibia is 120 km/h. However, travel with
caution at all times.
Activities and around Luderitz
1. Visit Kolmanskop, the Ghost Town in the desert - Kolmanskop is the
main reason tourists visit Luderitz. It is situated 12 km outside Luderitz.
In the past, Kolmanskop was a booming town built around diamond mines
but it was completely abandoned for several decades until it was turned
into an open-air museum.
2. Discover Art Nouveau architecture - Goerke Haus is probably the most
famous building in Luderitz. It’s a museum you can visit it and
see its well-preserved interior. Luderitz is a small town with the historic
buildings being situated close to each other so you can explore the town
3. Visit Shark Island - It offers beautiful views of Luderitz and the
harbor. Around the island, you can see pelicans and seals.
4. Visit Diaz Point - Diaz Point named after Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu
Dias whose expedition stopped in Luderitz on 25th July 1488 on his way
back home. Dias Lighthouse, opened in 1915, is another attraction of Dias
Point along with the cross.
5. Do a catamaran tour to Halifax Island - The Island is 100 m from the
mainland. This small rocky island is known as home to one of the most
important breeding colonies of the African penguin in Namibia. The island
is closed to the public but people are allowed to approach it on a catamaran
to see the penguins. Besides penguins, visitors can see seagulls, cormorants
and flamingos. Dolphins and seals are occasionally seen around the island.
6. Observe wildlife at Grosse Bucht - A bay with a wild sandy beach about
20 km south of Luderitz. It’s a nice beach to go for a walk on but
during summer it gets quite windy.
7. Go kite surfing
8. Visit Felsenkirche “rock church” - The prominent Felsen
Kirche, an Evangelical Lutheran church dominates Lüderitz from
high on Diamond Hill.
9. Visit the Luderitz Museum – The museum has information on the
town’s history, displays on the natural history, local indigenous
groups and the diamond-mining industry.