The small town of Lüderitz is wedged between the Namib Desert dunes and the wild Atlantic seaboard. Because of its location, it is not on many tourist itineraries; this accounts for its sleepy atmosphere. Founded in 1884 as a trading post by Bremen tobacco merchant Adolf Lüderitz, the settlement was placed under the protection of the German government by Chancellor Bismarck. Thus Bismarck initiated German control of the whole of South West Africa, except for the British enclave of Walvis Bay.
The Tsau ǁKhaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park, formerly known as Sperrgebiet stretches along the Namibian coast for a distance of 200 miles starting from the South African border at Oranjemund to around 72 km north of Lüderitz. Known as Sperrgebiet, German for “Prohibited Area”, the first diamonds were discovered on the beach.
The Lüderitz Nest Hotel enjoys a superb on the rocks and sea location, with far reaching uninterrupted views. The hotel’s private tidal beach with walk-on jetty, unique in Namibia, allows the guest to get close-up to the sea.
70 En-suite rooms & 3 Executive Suites (all non-smoking)
- ALL rooms with direct sea-views
- Executive suites (49sqm)
- Comfort & Deluxe Double rooms (26sqm)
- Comfort & Deluxe Twin rooms (26sqm))
- Disabled-friendly rooms (26sqm) Inter-leading family rooms (52sqm)
Extra-long high quality beds• Free Wi-Fi• Satellite TV (including sports channel)• Air-conditioning & heating• En-suite (shower or bath or both)• Bathroom toiletries + Hairdryer• Balcony (Twin/Family/Suite)• Direct dial telephone• Free Tea & Coffee making facilities• Laptop safes• Refrigerator (Deluxe Rooms & SUITES)• Room service• Daily turn-down service
The outdoor sparkling residents’ pool with sun-loungers and parasols is surrounded by verdant gardens and is a haven for relaxation. The on-site and popular Penguin Restaurant serves the best local seafood, international and South African cuisine.
Facilities include free Wi-Fi throughout, delicious full-buffet breakfasts and a wide range of drinks at the Crayfish Bar & Lounge. The hotel is well-known for delivering a friendly service in a relaxed environment.Since 1998, management and staff have hosted guests from around the world and very much look forward to welcoming you.
CRAYFISH BAR & LOUNGE
The upper level Crayfish Bar & Lounge offers a mix of contemporary sofas, tables and chairs. The lounge with its adjacent fully stocked bar enjoys superb views over the sea, peninsula and Namib Desert beyond. The famous and delicious local oyster, reputed to be #1 in the world for quality, can be ordered and enjoyed here.
LÜDERITZ NEST HOTEL locally acclaimed full-service PENGUIN RESTAURANT serves locally sourced seafood and Namibian cuisine. Open throughout the year including Easter, Christmas and New Year. The PENGUIN RESTAURANT also offers an extensive full-buffet on certain evenings and A la Carte is always available. In-house guests have access to a full and extensive breakfast buffet everyday (complimentary).
In 1908, a worker by the name of Zacharias Lewala found a shiny stone while working and showed it to his supervisor. The stone was a diamond. Driven by the promise of enormous potential gain, miners rushed to the area, and their wealth sparked a building spree.
Most of the early miners were German and built Kolmanskop in the style of a German town. Among large, extravagant villas it is also possible to find a hospital, a ballroom, a power station and even the first X-ray station in the southern hemisphere! At its peak the town housed nearly 1,200 residents from some 700 families.
As quickly as it was built, the town declined following after World War I, when the diamond field became exhausted, and it was completely abandoned by 1954. As witness accounts describe, “One day Kolmanskop’s sand-clearing squad failed to turn up, the ice man stayed away, and the school bell stopped ringing.”
Since then, the Namib Desert has been reclaiming the town, and today the buildings, preserved thanks to the dry climate, are home to sand dunes, beetles and other wildlife.
In the last decades, Kolmanskop has become an important photographic destination to those visiting Namibia. There’s something extremely attractive about the colorful rooms, once home to rich miners, now decaying and filling with sand.
Historic sites to explore include the Lüderitz Museum, Bogenfels Rock Arch, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Goerke House, Deutsche Afrika Bank Building, Glück Auf Building, Kreplinhaus, Krabbenhöft & Lampe Building, Lüderitz Railway Station, and the ‘ghost towns’ of Kolmanskop.