Kalahari 2009 - Luderitz, Namibia

Ludderitz is on the West coast of Namibia. We managed to find a site behind some rocks which protected us from a cold wind that blew for most of the4 days that we spent there.

At Garub Pan we stopped to look at the wild horses that congregate there as it's the only waterhole for miles. The horses are escapees from farms and soldiers in the early 20th centuary that have managed to survive in the harsh conditions of the Namib Desert.

Luderitz became an important town and port when diamonds where discovered in the area. We went to look at Goerke house built by Hans Goerke who made his money from diamond at the begining of the 20th centuary and at the little church on the hill which had several beautiful stained glass windows.

Agate beach is 5 km north of Ludderitz. We had a paddle but didn't swim as the sea is very cold all year because of the cold current just offshore.

Kolmanskop is a ghost mining town 10km inland from Luderitz. It was abandoned in the 1930s when bigger and better diamonds were discovered further south. We had a facinating tour of the town and were then allowed to wander around and have a look inside the buildings.

The book keeper's house.

The mine manager's house, which has been restored.

We were surprised to see a proper stage inthe casino which is what the community centre was called....

....and a bowling alley which the German emigrees often built where they settled!!

There were no windows in the houses and many of them were full of sand. This was the school master's house.

We spent a morning driving around the peninsular to the West of Luderitz. As we came over the top of this hill we could see the lighthouse at Diaz Point in the distance. Bartholomew Diaz was the first European to discover the harbour here.

Diaz Point

There were some sheltered lagoons with a few flamingoes feeding.

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