Sandwiched between the barren Namib Desert and the windswept South Atlantic coast, this harbour town is situated on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa.
Its surreal German art nouveau architecture, this colonial relic is stuck in a time warp, scarcely touched by the 21st century, recalling a Bavarian dorfchen or small village, with churches, bakeries and cafes. Home to a fine Museum, Luderitz lies at the end of a decommissioned railway line to the town of Keemanshoop
The rocky coastline of the Lüderitz Peninsula harbours flamingo flocks and penguin colonies, while the adjacent Sperrgebiet National Park is arguably the country’s wildest and most pristine landscape. BirdLife and other global conservation groups recognise the coastline in the area as one of the Important Bird Areas for coastal seabird breeding.