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Luderitz & Aus

Why visit Luderitz and Aus?

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:

  • Take a guided tour around the deserted houses of Kolmanskop, slowly being buried as the sand encroaches.  The houses are as the prospectors left them in the 1920s when they set off for more lucrative diamond sites.
  • Wander the streets of Luderitz and marvel at the turn of the 20th Century  Bavarian architecture. The houses are painted in bright colours, some complete with gables, turrets and bay windows.
  • Explore the deserted beaches south of Luderitz with just the ghost crabs and seagulls for company.
  • Large numbers of aquatic birds can be found in the Ludertiz area.  See flamingos en masse, cormorants and gulls. There is also a penguin colony at Halifax Island. 
  • A marble cross marks Diaz Point, where Bartholomeu Diaz first landed in Namibia in 1488.  This is a replacement cross, although the original lasted until the early 19th Century.  
  • Visit the Garub waterhole, 20km west of Aus to where you have a good chance to see the wild horses of the Namib . There is a hide opposite the waterhole where you can shelter.

When to visit Ludertiz and Aus

It is possible to visit this area all year round.

How to do it

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.

Accommodation in Luderitz and Aus

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.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.

Language: Namibia’s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.


Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.


Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.  



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