Lüderitz … a harbour town with a bit of a homecoming feeling

 

Lüderitz as seen from the sea.

 

We really like Lüderitz! Lüderitz, bought in 1883 by the German merchant of the same name and from 1884 on under the protection of the German emperor, is completely different compared to the rather "overdone" German and somehow "artificial" seeming Swakopmund.

The days of the fishing with smaller boats seems to be gone here as well ...

Here in Lüderitz, the atmosphere simply "fits". Guidebooks state that this town could easily be situated somewhere in Germany; we rather feel reminded on different harbour towns in Scotland, Hanstholm in Denmark or other somewhere else in Scandinavia.

Another "Woehrmann house"

Definitely an old German train!

The old turntable for train engines

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Krabbenhöft & Lampe" ... good accommodation and great seafood in the "Dias Cafe and Oyster Bar"

 

We enjoy long walks through the town, tasty and fresh seafood (oysters galore, calamari, fresh fish ... and all that at really reasonable prices compared to European prices), and relax in the reasonable but very clean "Lüderitz Backpackers".

Halifax Island with its penguin colonies

With captain Heiko, a real "original", old school German-Namibian through and through, ex-diamond diver, ex-circumnavigator "en famille" and simply an interesting person, we go on a short cruise to "Halifax Island" just a few miles out at sea where there are several penguin colonies.

 

Here they are ... in their favorite element!

 
 

Ruined whalers' buildings

 
 

My three girls just love the sea!

 

Guano production!

The lonely grave of the lighthouse keeper ... stalwart even in death!

Apart from penguins, we also see pelicans, seals and even dolphins who play in front of the catamaran's bow. Really Great!

 

Diaz Point with the old German lighthouse in the background

 

Shark Island ... long time ago a place of sorrow for the Herero, now a wild and romantic campsite ... strange connection!

Old lifeboat shack

Back ashore, we go on an excursion to Diaz Point. The Portuguese navigator went ashore here and set up a stone cross around Christmas 1487 to symbolize that this coast was in the Portuguese king's sphere of influence.

The old wooden stairs to Diaz Point ...

The Diaz Cross

 

Dreaming into the oceans

 

This natural bight near what today is called Lüderitz was first called "Angra das Voltas", reading "bay of the difficult manneuvres", later it was re-named "Angra Pequena" ("Small Cove"). The original Diaz' Cross is now in a museum but a replica version of the cross including a commemorative plaque was set up in reminiscense of the Portuguese explorer.

 
 

We stay in Lüderitz longer that actually planned, also because this town really inspires us.

 
 

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