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Luderitz

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Slap bang in the middle of the Diamond Coast, Luderitz is a quirky little town with heaps of potential, but not much happening. Situated in one of the best harbours on the least hospitable coast in Africa, Lüderitz enjoyed a sudden surge of prosperity when diamonds were discovered in nearby Kolmanskop. Today those diamonds are mostly found elsewhere, so little has changed since the early 20th century.

It's a stunning, eerie drive from Aus to Luderitz. The ghost town of Kolmanskop is well worth a trip - but you must book in advance or they'll shoot you. Dead. For diamond theft. Look out for the wild horses that roam the desert plains between Luderitz and Aus.

There are many historic buildings in Luderitz these include the Deutsche Afrika bank, the Railway Station, the Old Post Office, and the 'church on the rocks' or Felsenkirche. Built from proceeds of the diamond industry and situated on the wonderfully named Zeppelin Street is the Goerke Haus. Other important buildings are the Krappenhoft and Lampe building, Woerman House, Troost House, Kreplin House, and the Turnhalle.

There is excellent camping perched above the ocean on Shark Point and Element Riders Place offers affordable backpackers accommodation in the town.