Little has changed in Luderitz since the turn of the 20th century when it was a town thriving on the back of a diamond boom. Today, the diamonds are mined elsewhere but Luderitz survives. This small town oozes German colonial charm, with quaint, brightly painted buildings lining the streets. Nearby is the eerie ghost town of Kolmanskop where the deserted buildings are losing the battle against the elements and the sand is taking over. Just over a hundred kilometres away is the village of Aus – once the site of a prison for POWs it is now most famous for the wild horses.
Reasons to visit Luderitz and Aus include:
It is possible to visit this area all year round.
Luderitz and Aus are easily accessible by road and it's worth the trip off the main route to visit these to quaint towns. There is essentially one road in and one road out.
The accommodation found in this area is in the form of guest houses, B&Bs and small hotels. Ask our consultants to recommend one or two of our favourites.
A delightful owner-run property 2km from Aus. An ideal base for visiting Luderitz and the wild horses of Aus.
A quirky collection of 8 cottages built into the hillside. A good place to get away from it all and absorb the beautiful natural surroundings in almost solitary splendour.
Time: GMT +2 hours
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