Lϋderitz...'On the rocks,
It is here that
Adolf Luderitz founded the first German
settlement in Namibia in 1883. After much debate he managed to persuade
the German authorities to send out an expeditionary force which
eventually laid claim to the land by the Reich. The old German styled buildings and laid
back atmosphere makes for a pleasant stay over. The temperatures are
mild throughout the year. You'll, no-doubt read or hear about the wind
that blows here, and it can blow, particularly from August thru
January. Wind-speeds of up to 40knots are not uncommon, which makes
it a wind-surfing or kite-surfing Mecca. This is where the World
Records are taken. OK! Having 'said' that, I have to
state in all honesty that the climate is generally quite pleasant. The early morning are calm and sometimes
misty, the latter of which usually burns-off quite early, and it's
nice and sunny. During the windy season, the-blow usually begins
around mid-day (get your board rigged-up and ready). Nevertheless, the area has
a unique charm, is completely different, and is most picturesque.
The Luderitz economy is linked to the fishing and crayfish
industry and some years ago NamDeb re-opened Elizabeth Bay diamond Mining Area,
and this along with the rise in tourism has helped to boost the
Fishing Boats Anchored In The Bay
The Port Of Luderitz
Luderitz offers beautiful, clean and mostly empty beaches. To the north side of
the town is Agate Beach where the
grains of sand are quite large and particularly colorful. Walk along the shore line and soak up the beauty.
There are plenty of secluded and private areas for relaxing.
Grosse Bucht, or Big Bay is on the south side of the peninsular. This area
offers some challenging board and kite sailing.