Lüderitz, a small African town that looks German

South of NamibiaIn the Karas region, one might think that he is in Germany if not for the Namib desert, which reminds you in the background that you are actually in Africa.

Is about Lüderitz, a city of just 13,000 inhabitants that struggles to survive by clinging to fishing activity, which is undoubtedly the main source of income for its inhabitants.

It was founded by a German

The city was founded in 1883 and not exactly by a Namibian. Adolf Lüderitz, a German merchant who drowned in the Orange River just 3 years after making one of his dreams come true, bought the small angra and surroundings to boost both fishing and guano harvesting.

Years later, specifically in 1909, they were discovered diamonds And the city became a more prosperous place that many Namibians wanted to go to. The extraction of diamonds has been maintained over the years and also carries a lot of weight within the Lüdertiz economy, although it is a modest level of extraction.

As I have previously commented, fishing is the main economic engine of the city, something that is not surprising if we take into account that companies like Pescanova have settled there, which has two processing plants to export lobster and hake. it is extracted from its waters.

Going back to its German past, it must be said that it became the main city of the Colonial Company of German South West Africa. That's something that attracts curious tourists who want to feel like Germany while in Africa.

Increasingly touristy

As the tourism It is growing in recent years, the city is allocating part of its space to offices and shops that are located on the riverside. Not that it is one of the benchmarks in terms of tourism in Africa, but at least it is making a place for itself in the tourism agencies that offer trips to Namibia.

To finish, it is worth saying that nature lovers can also enjoy the local fauna, since it is not difficult to find flamingos, ostriches, penguins and seals there.

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