Fly To Luderitz, Namibia
Wedged between a barren desert and the rocky coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, at first glance Luderitz might not seem worthy of making it on to your itinerary during a trip to Namibia. But this small and welcoming town will charm your socks off; you just have to give it a chance!
Situated in the southern reaches of the country, where most towns are remote and where the landscapes are arid, Luderitz is a burst of colour and character in an otherwise desolate region. And that’s partly what makes it so special. This may be the only place in Africa where you’ll find colonial German architecture on one of the continent’s least hospitable coastlines.
The town will warm your heart, thanks to the many coffee shops, restaurants and Art Nouveau churches and bakeries serving German confectionary, neatly lined up along the streets. Down by the sea, the coastline is dramatically beautiful and serves as a home for seals, penguins, flamingos and even ostriches.
Currently there are no direct flights between South Africa and Luderitz. However, you can use Travelstart to find and book flights on all airlines flying to this part of Namibia such as South African Airways, Kulula.com and Air Namibia. Simply enter your trip details into the online flight search to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for cheap Luderitz flights with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders don’t need a Visa to visit Luderitz, Namibia. Upon arrival in the country, you simply fill in a form with your address and reason for visiting and your passport will be stamped. Just make sure that you have a few open pages in your passport and that it’s valid at least 6 months after you return.
- The South African Embassy in Namibia is found in the capital of Windhoek, 700km from Luderitz. It is at the corner of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Jan Jonker Street in Windhoek. Phone: +264-61-205-7111.
See and do
Your first morning in Luderitz will easily be taken up by strolling the streets, admiring the architecture, quaint art galleries and shops. Sights that are definitely worth looking out for are Felsenkirche and Goerke House.
Go down to the coast to explore the peninsula, either by car, driving out to Diaz Point and eating the cake of the day at the coffee shack on the beach, or taking a cruise along the peninsula. Keep a look out for the flamingos that call the shallow waters home.
The nearby ghost town of Kolmanskop has become quite an attraction and is definitely worth the short drive out. This used to be a diamond-mining town, but it was abandoned and has become completely desolate, the desert sands slowly reclaiming the buildings.
Luderitz Airport – LUD
Luderitz Airport is about 9km from the centre of town. It’s quite a small airport, but service is efficient and friendly.
Food and beverage: Very little information is available about the airport; so don’t bargain on tucking into a large meal here. Rather save your appetite for the restaurants in town. Coffee will, however, be readily available.
Currency Exchange: If you’re coming from South Africa, you won’t have to change money as South African Rands are accepted all across Namibia. There are cash machines for those with other foreign currency.
Lost Luggage: When you arrive, ask the security in the baggage reclaim area about lost luggage or contact your airline directly.
Airport hub: Luderitz Airport (code LUD) is a hub for Air Namibia (SW).