Luderitz was founded in 1883 when a German purchased some land from a local Nama chief. It began as a trading post, but in 1909 with the discovery of diamonds, it enjoyed a huge surge in prosperity. Today, diamonds are mostly found in other areas of Namibia, and Luderitz has returned to being a quiet town of 20,000 people. It is known for its colonial architecture—the German version of the Victorian style.
About 20 km outside of town is Kolmanskop, an abandoned mining town (ghost town!) which is slowly being reclaimed by the sands of the Namib Desert. That would have been fun to visit, but with limited time, we decided to just putter around the town.
The little town of Luderitz…not really what you picture for Africa!