What to do and see in Luderitz, Namibia: The Best Places and Tips

August 23, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Lüderitz is a harbour town in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia, lying on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa. It is a port developed around Robert Harbour and Shark Island.
Restaurants in Luderitz

1. Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Luderitz, Namibia +264 63 204 031
Excellent
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4.5 based on 792 reviews

Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Reviewed By tingasiki - Windhoek, Namibia

We visited Kolmanskop on a self-guided tour (guided tours are available at 9.30 and 11am) and although we only saw about half of the buildings we had a wonderful time there. It really is a most impressive setting and the renovated Kasino is remarkable.
Lovely restaurant and very interesting exhibition in the Kasino back rooms.
Sadly there were no maps available short of the map on the back of a book.

2. Diaz Point

A sud di Luderitz, Luderitz, Namibia +264 63 202 288
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4 based on 280 reviews

Diaz Point

Reviewed By Travelexperience12 - Wetherby, United Kingdom

The main route to this location is quite interesting travelling in parts right along the waters edge of a relatively secluded inlet, before witnessing the very windy and rough Atlantic Ocean. There are a number of choices of viewpoint, but Diaz Point is the most spectacular at the tip of the land mass. It is a tall rock that used to be accessible via a (now broken) bridge leading to some steps. The steps can still be reached across some rocks, but part of the handrail is missing and the ascent can be dangerously windy, especially at the top. Extreme care is required providing you are prepared to take the risk. Even viewing the large rough seas makes a visit to this area worthwhile.

Kirch Street, Luderitz, Namibia
Excellent
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4 based on 142 reviews

Felsenkirche

Reviewed By huys25 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Since 1992 there haven not been many improvements in Luderitz, but the little church on the rock outcrop looks still the same after 25 years. When in the Goerke house, on the top floor you have a nice view of the church from the side.

4. Zeepaard Boat Tours

Luderitz, Namibia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Zeepaard Boat Tours

Reviewed By W0r1d_Tv1182

Heiko and his assistant operate the catamaran, Zeepard, from the Luderitz waterfront. They depart at exactly 08:00 (so make sure you arrive on time!) and it costs N$400 per person. Get there early (07:45 'ish) to make sure you get first pickings of the Seating options on the boat.
In the winter, make sure you take enough warm clothing with, since the wind over the Atlantic, as you exit the harbour, is extremely cold. Blankets are provided as well, but it is recommended that you dress warmly and come prepared. Heiko briefly introduced himself and explained what we may see on the tour and then headed out.
We cruised past Diaz point, where we saw some seals on the nearby rock, and then made our turn towards Halifax island. On the island there were a few Penguin colonies and we spent a few minutes watching them from reasonably close. We were offered some warm drinks, which were quite welcome! Upon our return, we passed by Diaz point again, saw the ruins of an old whaling station, as we headed back past the first lagoon, Luderitz bay and back into the harbour.
The tour takes 2 hours, give or take a few minutes, and is worthwhile experience. Heiko is not only a knowledgeable skipper, but also a local, able to share a lot of information about the ocean and history of Ludertiz.

5. Namib Offroad Excursions

Bay Road, Luderitz, Namibia
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5 based on 26 reviews

Namib Offroad Excursions

Reviewed By Alba999 - Lyndhurst, United Kingdom

My husband and I teamed up with another 4 people (see Martin R's review for details) to do some tours with Heinz. We really enjoyed all of them. But the highlight had to be the overnight trip into the Koichab dunes. 2 off-road Toyotas, tents,...MoreThanks you guys for joining us - you were a great sailing team. We wish you well for the future, and who knows - maybe you join us in future for another adventure.

6. The Goerke House

Luderitz, Namibia
Excellent
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4 based on 81 reviews

The Goerke House

Reviewed By Ettelbruck - Vantaa, Finland

It is worth walking here and paying 25N$ (only) entrance.
First we heard story of the house, from construction to present use. Then walking thru rooms, enjoying old days style and luxury.
View over Luderitz is really nice.
For us it was about half an hour, but not at all bad way to spend your time.

7. Coastways Safaris - Pomona & Bogenfels Tour

Luderitz, Namibia
Excellent
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5 based on 16 reviews

Coastways Safaris - Pomona & Bogenfels Tour

Reviewed By netllama - Sf Bay Area

As others have mentioned, this tour is fantastic. Well organized, fascinating, and thoroughly enjoyable. There were numerous stops along the way to explore a number of ghost towns and other interesting points of interest. The Bogenfels arch has to be seen in person to fully appreciate how absolutely huge it is. The included lunch was nice too. Door to door was about 9 hours (8:30am - 5:30PM).
Only minor complaint was the booking process was rather disorganized and frustrating at times. It required 8 separate emails to finalize the booking, and much of the time, I got the impression that they didn't care whether I gave them my money.

8. Penguin Catamaran Tours

Luderitz Waterfront, Luderitz, Namibia
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5 based on 10 reviews

Penguin Catamaran Tours

Join us for an unforgettable trip on the catamaran "Penguin" to Halifax Island, home of the African Penguins. We may see Heavyside Dolphin endemic to this area as well as viewing a collection of marine and bird life. The Luxury Catamaran offers shelter from the wind and is the perfect ride for the whole family. Daily departures from the Luderitz Waterfront Jetty at 08H00

Reviewed By Mereview1 - Cape Town, South Africa

We enjoyed every moment of the scenic and well planned excursion on this spacious, luxurious and modern catamaran. The booking experience was painless & the crew (Cassie& Rene) were very helpful and professional. We got to see dolphins and penguins too - magical! For sure one of the highlights of our Namibian holiday!

9. Agate Beach

8 km north of Luderitz, Luderitz, Namibia
Excellent
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3.5 based on 67 reviews

Agate Beach

Reviewed By Factfinder90 - Pretoria, South Africa

A good beach but the main attraction was flamingoes close by - but they are in a protected enty so you have to watch them from a distance.

10. Luderitz Museum

Diaz Street Town Centre, Luderitz, Namibia +264 63 202 582
Excellent
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3.5 based on 51 reviews

Luderitz Museum

Reviewed By Alan C - Cape Town, South Africa

This rather dilapidated building is only open for short durations and appears to be manned by octogenarian volunteers. The original curator is long gone and the displays look like no one has tended them since. The photo archive suspended on the wall is well worth reviewing especially with some history insight. It is overtly German but has some Namibian people exhibits. What is missing is any reference to the genocide of Herero and Nam peoples onShark island ??

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