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Nov 22, 2013 - Luderitz

11/22 From Bonnie's Journal: Friday a.m. I wanted to get to Rhino Park by 7 to get - hopefully - front seats so we could see well. The woman at the hostel said 8 was fine. I was sure it wasn't. I know the routine with mini buses after all. Mari agreed to go along with leaving at 7:15 am. We got there by 7:25 a.m. and though the front seat was gone and the window seats, we could be in back of the front seat. Not too bad. It took until 11:30 for the bus to fill. Finally we were off. As it turned out, fortune smiled on us and the fellow in the...

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Jan 7, 2013 - Almost there!

Hey everyone, I am almost at Cape Town! I was interested in making one last stop at Luderitz, Namibia. The wonderful architecture of this city is eye-opening. I was able to visit their most famous landmark called Felsenkirche meaning Rock Church in English. This is located on Diamond Hill. Following the Diamond Rush, this became home to a more white population. It is a vertical Gothic style and was built in 1912. Another interesting thing is how the southern climate is very chilled and cool. I am pleased I had gotten the opportunity to...

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Nov 19, 2011 - Ghost Town and Wild Horses

Al's tent survived the night winds this time. Before driving to Luderitz today we had to stop at the gas station to pick up our spare tire. The attendant had everything ready just as promised. Contact had been made with Bobo Campers and all we had to pay was thirty bucks labour. Awesome!  Luderitz is 122 km west down a paved road. On the way is the ghost town of Kolmanskop. We are warned to drive careful as this road often has sand drifts on it along with strong wind gusts. We admit that we are used to watching for snow drifts on our roads...

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May 3, 2010 - route dag 6a Aus - Luderitz

Extra day in Aus with a visit to Luderitz Today we will visit several interesting places. We will drive to Luderitz and spend the morning in the German colonial city, Luderitz and it's beautiful bays. We will walk around town for a bit and visit the coast and maybe even Shark Island. After Luderitz we will continue on to Kolmanskop, the ghost town of Namibia. _________________________________________________________________________________________

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Aug 17, 2009 - NAMIBIA - Luderwitz

For a quick overview of Namibia by the BBC, click here We had an easy crossing into Namibia, which was only an hour's drive from Springbok. Drove through Fish River Canyon on very dusty, gravel roads to the town of Luderitz. After several hours driving through desert and sand dunes, this coastal town has an almost lost, surreal feeling. Luderitz is a small, colonial town established to support the discovery of diamonds here back in 1908. Not much happening in the town, but did spend an interesting morning touring the nearby ghost town of...

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Jan 1, 2009 - Lüderitz, Namibia

I should stop doing this, arriving at out of the way little villages at the beginning of the weekend. King William’s Town comes to mind and Ladysmith and Oudtshoorn on Christmas Day and now Lüderitz. Not that it is part of a big scheme or anything, it’s just how it pens out. I kissed Olive good-bye on Cape Town International on Thursday 5.30 p.m. and then drove north 250 kilometres along vineyards and fertile farming land and beautiful sun-set vistas from the Piekenierspass on my way to Clanwilliam, where I stayed overnight. Then on Friday...

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Dec 9, 2008 - Fear and Loathing in Luderitz

After Aus we drove to Luderitz a seaside town on Namibia’s southern coast, just above the restricted diamond mining area. Although our Lonely Planet guide describes Luderitz as a ‘surreal colonial relic’, a more accurate description would probably be shithole. The town is located on a barren, rocky coastline. It could be northern Newfoundland, but with sand and shrubs instead of muskeg. True, there are some interesting old colonial buildings, but there are a lot more crappy, derelict warehouse-types with seedy bars, cheap chain stores and...

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Sep 5, 2006 - Luderitz

Namibia! Much to Rie's joy we finally crossed the border into Namibia. BIG place with long, dusty roads heading off to remote locations. Visited Ai Ais where there are hot springs (and a hot pool on a hot day does NOT work.....) and then acrosss to Fish River canyon which is only beaten in size by the biggy in the US. Up to Luderitz - a quirky place on the coast squeezed between the dunes and the sea.

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Oct 21, 2005 - Luderitz

Weather: sun, desert heat, and cool sea breezes Landscape: seaside After a lot of driving through wide sandy panoramas, passing some mysteriously feral desert horses along the way, we hit the seaside. You can tell by the smell of rotting fish that hits you 40km outside town. Thankfully, albeit inexplicably, the smell becomes weaker the closer you get to the port town of Luderitz. Luderitz is supposed to call to mind a Bavarian village, but it just seems like a run down, tin-roofed town cut off from civilisation by hundreds of miles of...

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Aug 9, 2005 - Day 86-88 Luderitz Shark Island

The roads are dirt in a big part of Namibia but very good. I still was traveling upwards of 100km and the road was better than many paved I have been on. Finally lost our hunger for cats and we could relax and actually enjoy more beautiful things like the sunset in the desert on the way to Luderitz. Luderitz is one of the oldest port towns in Namibia and when people (Germans mainly) first were settling the place they could crawl on their hands and knees and pick up diamonds everywhere. Now all of that land is controlled by the government...

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Mar 24, 2004 - D: Namibia--sand, sand, and more sand

Hello From Swakopmund, Namibia! We are exactly one week into our first 3 week overland trip and we find ourselves in the small seaside town of Swakopmund surrounded by incredible sand dunes and desert. Namibia was annexed by Germany in the late 19th century and Swakopmund in German means "mouth of Swakop". What the tourism office of Swakopmund rarely discloses is that in Nama, one of the early languages spoken in the region,"swakop" means, literally "shit-smelling river". So really, the name of this town is Mouth of the Shit Smelling River....

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