Top 9 Things To Do In Luderitz, Namibia

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Kristian Mari
Kristian Mari 
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Luderitz is a laid-back quaint town set on the Atlantic coast of Namibia. Named after a German merchant, Franz Adolf Eduard Lüderitz, this town features German architecture. It also offers a variety of interesting things to do. Aside from checking out German structures, you can admire the town’s museum, where you can get an insight into its history. Touring the area on a boat or on a four-wheel-drive vehicle is also a popular activity here. If you want to explore the town at your own pace, there are many places you can discover. To know more, read on for the top things to do in Luderitz, Namibia.

1. Learn about the town's history in Lüderitz-Museum

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A small yet interesting museum, Lüderitz-Museum allows guests to familiarize themselves with the town. It exhibits various information about the town’s history, local culture, and mining industry. You can also catch a glimpse of old artifacts and objects that tell stories of the town’s past as a German colony.

There are even displays about natural history and local indigenous groups here.


Address: Daiz St, Luderitz, Namibia

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 3:30pm - 5pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

Price: 15 NAD (1 USD)

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2. Visit the iconic Felsenkirche

Felsenkirche at Lüderitz, Namibia (2017)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Olga Ernst used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Luderitz is home to one of the oldest Lutheran churches in the country. Felsenkirche, located on top of Diamond Hill, is the tallest structure in town. It was constructed and consecrated in the 1910s, and you can find stunning stained glass windows inside.

Its location is easily accessible, and it’s the perfect spot for taking pictures. From here, you can marvel at the beauty of the town, the coast, and the horizon.


Address: 289 Bismarck, Luderitz, Namibia

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 4pm - 5pm (closed on Sun)

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3. Explore the ghost town of Kolmanskop

Kolmanskop Ghost Town
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Located around 15 minutes from Luderitz, Kolmanskop is a popular tourist attraction. It is a ghost town that was once one of the richest communities in the country due to the thriving diamond mining industry in the 1900s. In the 1950s, it was abandoned and became a ghost town.

You can find various buildings here filled with sand. Since it’s located in a desert, it’s recommended that you plan your trip properly to avoid strong winds and blazing heat. Don’t forget to bring a hat, proper footwear, and lots of water! Do keep in mind that you need a permit to explore the area.


Opening hours: 8am - 1pm (daily)

Price: 100 NAD (6.26 USD)

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4. Drop by the amazing Goerke Haus

Lüderitz Goerke-Haus 10
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Found on Diamond Hill, close to the iconic Felsenkirche, Goerke Haus is one of the main tourist attractions of Luderitz. Considered a national monument, it used to be the residence of Lieutenant Hans Goerke. Although it has been around since 1910, its Art Nouveau elements still impress guests to this day.

If you love architecture and historic homes, be sure to drop by. Just nearby are beautiful houses with Bavarian influences

Goerke Haus

Address: Diamantberg St, Luderitz, Namibia

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 4pm - 5pm; Mon - Fri: 2pm - 4pm

Price: 25 NAD (1.57 USD)

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5. Have a refreshing time in Robert Harbour

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Do you want to experience a refreshing ocean breeze after going around town? Robert Harbour is a place where tourists and locals can unwind while enjoying views of the ocean. It’s also a great starting point for going on penguin tours, and you can enjoy delicious meals or coffee in nearby cafes.

To make the most out of Robert Harbour, it is best to visit the place during sunrise or sunset.

Robert Harbour

Address: 17 Hafen St, Luderitz, Namibia

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6. Dine at Essenzeit

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Photo taken by Massimo Fredericks

Posted by Essenzeit on Monday, December 17, 2018

One of the best restaurants in town, Essenzeit is a must-try dining option when you’re in Luderitz. Its location attracts both local and international visitors, as it is perfectly situated in front of Robert Harbour, giving customers a pleasant view of the ocean.

Essenzeit also boasts delicious meals, such as a seafood platter, spare ribs, and lamb chops. Breakfast, starters, salads, and desserts are available, too.


Address: 39 Hafen St, Luderitz, Namibia

Website: Essenzeit

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 10pm (closed on Sun)

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7. Enjoy and relax on Agate Beach

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Located just a short drive north of Luderitz is the beautiful Agate Beach. It is rich with rocks and crystals, including agate. If you love looking for hidden treasures, this is the perfect spot for you. The calm waters of Agate Beach and its sandy dunes make it a great place to stroll around—just be careful of strong winds!

Don’t forget to go for a swim or take nice photos of the sunset.

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8. Hang out in Luderitz Yacht Club

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Posted by Luderitz Yacht Club on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Found around the southeast area of Robert Harbour, Luderitz Yacht Club is a great place where people can gather and socialize while enjoying good food and cold drinks. You can relax with your family and friends or meet new people if you’re traveling solo.

Aside from food and drinks, you will have access to WiFi and showers.

Luderitz Yacht Club

Address: 9544+G7H, Luderitz, Namibia

Website: Luderitz Yacht Club

Opening hours: 8am - 12am (daily)

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9. Spend a night in Shark Island Lighthouse

Luderitz, Leuchtturm auf der Haifischinsel
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Shark Island offers a great view of Luderitz. Also found on the island is Shark Island Lighthouse, a 12-meter (39.4 feet) high structure that features accommodations. The lighthouse can house more than two adults and has a fully equipped kitchen. However, breakfast and dinner are already included in the rates. You will also have access to a TV.

Shark Island also has campsites for those who want to sleep under the stars.

Shark Island Lighthouse

Address: Kreplin, Luderitz, Namibia

Price: 385 NAD (262 USD)

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Discover a different Namibia

Luderitz, Blick von der Felsenkirche2
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Luderitz offers its guests a unique experience, especially with its location between the coast and the desert. For your next trip to Namibia, consider checking out places in and near Luderitz that sparks your adventurous side.

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Hi! My name is Kristian, from the Philippines. I'm a Mechanical Engineering student and loves to write during my spare time! Writing and discovering new topics help me stay active while most of us...Read more

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