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Luderitz is a slighty sleepy and maybe also bizarre place, which forms the basis of its appeal. The founding settlement of Namibia today consists of some 20 000 citizens. It was built on the bare granite rocks at the fringe of the Namib Desert and is openly exposed to the frequent Atlantic winds. Heavy sea fogs and sand storms contribute to the rough weather conditions of Luderitz.

Nostalgic Luderitz 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" built in 1911.

The people of Luderitz make a living from tourism and diamond mining and, mainly, from fishing. The cold Benguela current brings in huge amounts of seaweed and so provides for an abundance of fish in the coastal waters. Because the water is very clean, even oysters are being bred here. So far, lobster catching was very lucrative. In the last years the waters were overfished, though, and the quota had to be reduced.

Even in the hot summer months the water temperature in Luderitz rarely excedes 18 degrees Celsius. The rough coast of Luderitz is thus not a desirable place for the swimming enthusiast, but it has quite a few other attractions. In the Eberlanz Mueum in Diaz Street the history of the town and its diamond mining industry is well presented. On Shark Island, the monument of Adolf Luderitz can be seen, and you will enjoy a stunning view of the town.

The buzzing harbour is also quite interesting. Fishing boats are constantly docking and leaving while fish is unloaded and transported away. There are wonderful walks available at the beautiful Agate Beach, 8 kilometres north of town. If you are lucky, you can 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 Luderitz Peninsula; a nature conservation area with many little bays and untouched beaches. The drive takes you around the lagoon, where flamingos and many other birds can be seen.

In the Luderitz Bay Cannery one can watch rock lobsters being processed. You can even try some for a little money at one of the many excellent restaurants in town where fresh fish, mussels and oysters are also on the menu. Luderitz nowadays offers comfortable accommodation in cute guest houses and modern hotels.

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