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