Lighthouses and Spectacular Sunsets on the Outskirts of Lüderitz

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In the previous Namibia post we travelled to Kolmanskop – an abandoned mining town that is slowly being reclaimed by nature. This week we travel to Lüderitz, a seaside town, which is kinda the last thing you’d expect to exist just a 10 minute drive from what seems like an endless desert.

This tiny town is home to around 12,000 people, which makes it one of the most densely populated places we visited in Nambia – which is certainly saying something!

For us, the town of Lüderitz was more of a base to explore Kolmanskop than it was a destination in and of itself, and as a result, we may have overlooked some opportunities with which to explore it. However, on our last night, we decided to try and find a beautiful spot to watch the sunset, and oh boy, Lüderitz certainly delivered!

I had heard of a place called Diaz Point which was supposed to be home to a rather pretty lighthouse, so we decided that this would be a fairly good place to head towards.

It didn’t take long to find this point, and I was instantly glad that we had made the effort to do a little more Lüderitz adventuring.

When we arrived, we decided not to head towards the lighthouse, but instead to head over to a hill that seemed to have a cross perched at the top.

This ended up being a fantastic decision. Not only did we get an incredible view of the lighthouse itself, we also got a jaw-dropping view of the ocean below us – which included a whole bunch of sea lions who were hanging out on and around the many rocks which scatter the shoreline.

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I have seen a lot of beaches in my life, I am an Australian after all! But I gotta say, these beaches are really like nothing else! The rocks, the sand, the desert in the distance, it is just all so wonderfully special!

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My handsome man <3

We settled in to watch the sunset, and waited, and waited, and waited, and then we waited some more!

Usually sunsets seem to come and go far too quickly, but on this day, I genuinely started to think that the sun was never gonna set! It seemed to stay in one spot, never lowering, for so long! It sounds crazy, but after waiting 20 minutes later than the sun was due to set, we actually gave up and started to make our way back to Lüderitz.

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I’m sure that any of you who are familiar with Murphy’s Law will be able to guess exactly what happened.

As soon as we got in our car, the sun started to fall so unbelievably quickly, and before we knew it, the sunset we thought wasn’t coming was almost over!

We quickly pulled over just up the road and ran out onto the closest beach to catch a glimpse of the last moments of daylight whilst sharing a rather romantic little smooch.

Lüderitz is hardly the kind of place to plan a trip around, but it does hold an undeniable charm, and it is the perfect place to spend an evening on the beach after a day exploring Kolmanskop.

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THE  LOWDOWN

Getting to Lüderitz: We drove from Fish River Canyon to the coastal town, which we used as a base to explore Kolmanskop
Element Riders Backpackers: This is a basic but safe backpackers which also allows people to camp on the premises, click here to learn more
4×4 Vehicle Hire: Fully equipped 4×4 vehicles are available to rent from many companies in RSA and Namibia – we rented a Toyota Hilux from South Africa 4×4 for around $155 AUD per day, which is quite common pricing during peak season
Camera: Images captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 in conjunction with M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 and M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 lenses
Remember: In theory, Namibia could be explored by a 2×2, but it will be uncomfortable. Splash out that extra cash for a good four wheel drive!

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