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Travel guide of Luderitz in Namibia
I. Luderitz travel guide
Location of the town of Luderitz
Population : 12.900 inhabitants
Lüderitz is a city of Namibia
, located in the south in the Karas region along the Atlantic Ocean.
Founded by German merchants in the 1880s, Lüderitz is the oldest town in South West Africa.
A few miles from Luderitz, the desert sands are brutally drilled projections of dark granite, the cold wind blows from the ocean and the city appears at the turn of the last dunes.
In the shade of pink belfry of the Lutheran Church, the house cosues pastel facades and mix with half-timbered villas recent downtown.
If this detail had escaped to the traveler, Luderitz kept the German colonial colors!
The former Pioneer Village diamond adopted the lifestyle of a quiet little fishing but lose activity conducted diamantifière now offshore.
Fishing and mining occupy this small town quite modern and dynamic.
Tourism is the third activity of the city and an ideal base for visiting the famous city of fontome Kolmanskop.
» Getting to Luderitz
By road :
By car, only paved Road B4 leads to Luderitz.
By bus, shuttle Starline make the connection from Keetmanshoop.
The Portuguese christened the bay Angra Pequena in 1485 but thereafter, the region still no interest from the colonial British, French, Portuguese and Dutch.
The coasts are virtually inaccessible (with the exception of Walvis Bay to the north) and within the country is arid desert.
In 1883, a Bremen merchant Adolf Luderitz appointed negotiating with local chief acquisition of Angra Pequena Bay, south of the future Namibia.
In 1884, after obtaining government protection on the German South West Africa, Adolf Lüderitz created this fishing port which he named in honor of his family.
Shark Island resort
The Germans are taking a foothold in the region to form an embryonic empire.
They are initially interested in raising sheep Karakool imported from Central Asia, providing dairy products, meat, wool and leather, but mostly involve large tracts of land to raise them.
After the discovery of diamonds in 1909 in the Lüderitz region, a territory the size of Belgium, situated between the fishing port and the South African border, is said diamond area and prohibits unauthorized persons.
Kolmanskop city, located about ten kilometers from Lüderitz, then developed as headquarters of the South African company De Beers.
The city was abandoned in 1956 when the seat is moved to Oranjemund, the South African border).
II.Information on other towns in Namibia
Source : 2011