Before travelling to Lüderitz, pause for a moment to study the country map, and you’ll realise the fact that the town is sandwiched between the barren Namib Desert and the windswept South Atlantic coast. As if Lüderitz’s wholly unique geographical setting wasn’t impressive enough, its surreal German art nouveau architecture will seal the deal. Something of a colonial relic scarcely touched by the 21st century, Lüderitz might recall a Bavarian dorfchen (small village), with churches, bakeries and cafes.
Unlike its more well-heeled Teutonic rival Swakopmund on the central coast, relative isolation, poor transport links and a struggling economy have worn heavy on Lüderitz over the decades. The town itself feels a bit like it’s stuck in a time warp – a perception that delivers both gloom and a certain charm (at least for visitors).
It’s the natural environment surrounding the town where Southern Namibia really comes to life. 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.
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