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Luderitz,

The scorched desert that surrounds Luderitz means the city’s collection of German art nouveau architecture couldn't look more unusually placed along the Namibian coastline. This quirkiness is what gives the destination its charm, however, alongside undeniably fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities.

See gangs of playful penguins skipping across the waves, pink flamingos wading by the coast, and dolphins leaping into the air, as you visit a city that boasts some of the most incredible wildlife in Africa. Take a boat tour across the waves, to drop in on Penguin Island and Seal Island – where friendly seals flop about, and bark out welcomes in your direction. A much more haunting location, with an incredibly dark past, is Shark Island - which witnessed the deaths of between 1,000 and 3,000 people when it was the location of a German concentration camp, between 1905 and 1907.

See the stone cross that marks the spot where Bartolomeu Dias landed, when he discovered the peninsular in 1487. If you make your way to Diaz Point, you can admire the view, and see seals splashing in the water, as waves crash against craggy outcrops. Enjoy a hike up to the picturesque needle of a lighthouse, which is hooped with red and white bands. The Luderitz Museum packs in a great deal of history, and will give you a fantastic understanding of the way in which the city has grown and developed over the years.

Elsewhere, the ghost town of Kolmanskop offers an extraordinary visit, as you explore a formerly rich diamond mining town - which was eventually abandoned, and left to be reclaimed by the desert. Sand dunes have piled up inside the buildings, and weeds blow along streets that once sang with money and hedonism. Don't forget your camera, so you can capture some atmospheric snaps of the scene, which now resembles something from a post-apocalyptic movie.

Sublime seafood, fished from the South Pacific, means you'll never go hungry here, and The Crayfish Festival is always a highlight, when it snaps into life at the end of April.
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