Before travelling to Luderitz, pause for a moment to study the country map and how the town is set between the barren Namib Desert and the windswept South Atlantic coast. As if Luderitz’s unique geographical setting wasn’t impressive enough, its surreal German art nouveau architecture will seal the deal. A colonial relic scarcely touched by the 21st century, Luderitz recalls a Bavarian dorfchen (small village), with churches, bakeries and cafes. Unlike its more well-heeled Teutonic rival Swakopmund, Luderitz seems stuck in a time warp, a perception that delivers both gloom and a certain charm (at least for visitors). In short, it's one of the most incongruous places in Africa.
But it’s the natural environment surrounding the town where Southern Namibia really comes alive. The rocky coastline of the Luderitz peninsula harbours flamingo flocks and penguin colonies, while the adjacent Sperrgebiet National Park is arguably the country’s wildest and most pristine landscape.