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Getting There & Away

Air Namibia (www.airnamibia.com.na) travels about three times a week between Windhoek and Lüderitz. The airport is 8km southeast of town.

Somewhat-irregular combis (minibuses) connect Lüderitz to Keetmanshoop, with fares averaging around N$250. Buses depart from the southern edge of town at informal bus stops along Bismarck St.

Lüderitz and the scenery en route are worth the 334km trip from Keetmanshoop via the tarred B4. When the wind blows – which is most of the time – the final 10km into Lüderitz may be blocked by a barchan dune field that seems bent upon crossing the road. Conditions do get hazardous, especially if it’s foggy, and the drifts pile quite high before road crews clean them off. Obey local speed limits, and avoid driving at night if possible.