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Lüderitz & Sperrgebiet

Lüderitz is a harbor town from the German colonial era located on the southern coast of Namibia, surrounded by stark desert. Diamonds have been found in large quantities and all the surrounding area has been declared a Prohibited Area, or Sperrgebiet. Near Lüderitz, lies Kolmanskuppe, an abandoned diamond mining town from the early 1900's, which has been invaded by the sand and is now a ghost town.
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Map showing the Sperrgebiet surrounding Lüderitz
Map showing the Sperrgebiet surrounding Lüderitz
The Namib Desert meets the Atlantic
The Namib Desert meets the Atlantic
The Lange Wand, or Long Wall
The Lange Wand, or Long Wall
The Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean
The Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean
Rocky outcropping, St. Francis Bay (25 07S)
Rocky outcropping, St. Francis Bay (25 07S)
Coast of Francis Bay, Namibia
Coast of Francis Bay, Namibia
Coast of Francis Bay, Namibia
Coast of Francis Bay, Namibia
Easter Point, Namibia (25 17S)
Easter Point, Namibia (25 17S)
A sea cave along the Oyster Cliffs, Namibia
A sea cave along the Oyster Cliffs, Namibia
Black Cliffs, Namibia
Black Cliffs, Namibia
Sandy stretch of coast between St. Francis Bay and Spencer Bay
Sandy stretch of coast between St. Francis Bay and Spencer Bay
Inhospitable coastline
Inhospitable coastline
Namibian coast
Namibian coast
Just north of Spencer Bay
Just north of Spencer Bay
Interesting dark area along the cliffs
Interesting dark area along the cliffs
Cliffs north of Spencer Bay, Namibia
Cliffs north of Spencer Bay, Namibia
Cliffs north of Spencer Bay, Namibia
Cliffs north of Spencer Bay, Namibia
Cliffs meeting the sandy desert at Spencer Bay
Cliffs meeting the sandy desert at Spencer Bay
Mercurcy Island, Namibia (25 43S)
Mercurcy Island, Namibia (25 43S)
Mercurcy Island, one of Namibia's penguin islands
Mercurcy Island, one of Namibia's penguin islands
Wreck of the Otavi, 1945, surrounded now by a fur seal colony at Spencer Bay
Wreck of the Otavi, 1945, surrounded now by a fur seal colony at Spencer Bay
Wreck of the Otavi surrounded by a Cape Fur Seal colony
Wreck of the Otavi surrounded by a Cape Fur Seal colony
The cove containing the wreck of the Otavi
The cove containing the wreck of the Otavi
The stern has broken off the Otavi
The stern has broken off the Otavi
Dolphin Head, Namibia (25 44S)
Dolphin Head, Namibia (25 44S)
Dolphin Head, Namibia, looking north towards Spencer Bay
Dolphin Head, Namibia, looking north towards Spencer Bay
Remote outpost in the Sperrgebiet around 55nm north of Lüderitz, perhaps Saddle Hill
Remote outpost in the Sperrgebiet around 55nm north of Lüderitz, perhaps Saddle Hill
Namib Desert at Hottentotbaai
Namib Desert at Hottentotbaai
Namib Desert at Hottentotbaai
Namib Desert at Hottentotbaai
Namib Desert at Hottentotbaai
Namib Desert at Hottentotbaai
Hottentotspunt and Hottentotsbaai, Namibia
Hottentotspunt and Hottentotsbaai, Namibia
Ruins at Hottentotspunt north of Lüderitz
Ruins at Hottentotspunt north of Lüderitz
Hottentotspunt, Namibia (26 08'S)
Hottentotspunt, Namibia (26 08'S)
Ichaboe Island south of Hottentotspunt
Ichaboe Island south of Hottentotspunt
Industrial buildings for the guano mine on Ichaboe Island
Industrial buildings for the guano mine on Ichaboe Island
Bootsbaai
Bootsbaai
North end of Lüderitzbaai
North end of Lüderitzbaai
Small wreck just north of Lüderitz
Small wreck just north of Lüderitz
Civilization approaching Lüderitz from the north
Civilization approaching Lüderitz from the north
Settlement on the northern edge of Lüderitz
Settlement on the northern edge of Lüderitz
Lüderitzbucht
Lüderitzbucht
Lüderitz, Namibia
Lüderitz, Namibia
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Ships docked at Lüderitz
Ships docked at Lüderitz
Lüderitz, Namibia
Lüderitz, Namibia
Nest Hotel, Lüderitz
Nest Hotel, Lüderitz
Southern end of Lüderitzbucht
Southern end of Lüderitzbucht
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Diaz Point, Namibia (Dias Point for the Portugugese)
Diaz Point, Namibia (Dias Point for the Portugugese)
Diaz Point lighthouse
Diaz Point lighthouse
Another pass over Lüderitz before landing
Another pass over Lüderitz before landing
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz International Airport (FYLZ)
Lüderitz International Airport (FYLZ)
Kolmanskuppe is near the Lüderitz Airport
Kolmanskuppe is near the Lüderitz Airport
Kolmanskuppe ghost town from the air
Kolmanskuppe ghost town from the air
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Overflying the ghost town of Kolmanskuppe on approach to Lüderitz Airport
Overflying the ghost town of Kolmanskuppe on approach to Lüderitz Airport
V5-FIS tied down against the strong winds common at Lüderitz
V5-FIS tied down against the strong winds common at Lüderitz
Lüderitz International Airport (FYLZ)
Lüderitz International Airport (FYLZ)
Lüderitz can be reached from Windhoek by paved road
Lüderitz can be reached from Windhoek by paved road
Passing Kolmanskuppe headed for town
Passing Kolmanskuppe headed for town
We stayed at Gästehaus Zur Waterkant, belonging to Eckhart's aunt
We stayed at Gästehaus Zur Waterkant, belonging to Eckhart's aunt
Zur Waterkant Gästehaus, Lüderitz
Zur Waterkant Gästehaus, Lüderitz
Zur Waterkant
Zur Waterkant
View of Lüderitz Harbor from the guesthouse
View of Lüderitz Harbor from the guesthouse
Sunset with a chuch tower, Lüderitz
Sunset with a chuch tower, Lüderitz
Sunset through a cactus
Sunset through a cactus
Residential areas on the north side of Lüderitz
Residential areas on the north side of Lüderitz
Breakfast at the guesthouse Zur Waterkant
Breakfast at the guesthouse Zur Waterkant
100th anniversary of Luderitz celebrated in 1983
100th anniversary of Luderitz celebrated in 1983
View of Lüderitz with the Felsenkirche
View of Lüderitz with the Felsenkirche
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
They say it's named after a different Goering
They say it's named after a different Goering
Skool Zone, Lüderitz
Skool Zone, Lüderitz
Lesehalle (Library) Lüderitz
Lesehalle (Library) Lüderitz
Lesehalle (Library) Lüderitz
Lesehalle (Library) Lüderitz
Turnhalle (Gym) Lüderitz
Turnhalle (Gym) Lüderitz
Felsenkirche, Lüderitz
Felsenkirche, Lüderitz
Schnitzstrasse, Lüderitz
Schnitzstrasse, Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Tischlerei (Cabinetmaker) Lüderitz
Tischlerei (Cabinetmaker) Lüderitz
Kaaps Hotel, Lüderitz
Kaaps Hotel, Lüderitz
Diaz Coffee Shop, Lüderitz
Diaz Coffee Shop, Lüderitz
Bismarckstrasse, Lüderitz
Bismarckstrasse, Lüderitz
Hotel Diamond Reef, Lüderitz
Hotel Diamond Reef, Lüderitz
German School, Lüderitz
German School, Lüderitz
Kapps Konzert und Ball-Saal
Kapps Konzert und Ball-Saal
Barrels Pub, Lüderitz
Barrels Pub, Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Haus Eberlanz, Lüderitz
Haus Eberlanz, Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Apotheke, Bismarckstrasse, Lüderitz
Apotheke, Bismarckstrasse, Lüderitz
Nedbank, Bismarckstrasse, Lüderitz
Nedbank, Bismarckstrasse, Lüderitz
Biltong shop, Bismarckstrasse, Lüderitz
Biltong shop, Bismarckstrasse, Lüderitz
Lüderitz Tours and Safaris
Lüderitz Tours and Safaris
Lüderitz Tours and Safaris shop
Lüderitz Tours and Safaris shop
Lüderitz Railway Station
Lüderitz Railway Station
Lüderitz Railway Station
Lüderitz Railway Station
The railway was founded in German South West Africa in 1897
The railway was founded in German South West Africa in 1897
Lüderitz Railway Station
Lüderitz Railway Station
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
NamPost Lüderitz
NamPost Lüderitz
Felsenkirche, Lüderitz
Felsenkirche, Lüderitz
Felsenkirche 1912
Felsenkirche 1912
Goerke Haus, Diamantbergstrasse
Goerke Haus, Diamantbergstrasse
Goerke Haus
Goerke Haus
Goerke Haus
Goerke Haus
Goerke Haus
Goerke Haus
Front hall, Goerke Haus
Front hall, Goerke Haus
Goerke Haus, Lüderitz
Goerke Haus, Lüderitz
Stairway, Goerke Haus
Stairway, Goerke Haus
Original glass, Goerke Haus
Original glass, Goerke Haus
Felsenkirche from the tower of the Goerke Haus
Felsenkirche from the tower of the Goerke Haus
Felsenkirche
Felsenkirche
View of Lüderitz from the Goerke Haus
View of Lüderitz from the Goerke Haus
Today, the Goerke Haus functions as a guesthouse for Namdeb
Today, the Goerke Haus functions as a guesthouse for Namdeb
Lüderitz from the Goerke Haus
Lüderitz from the Goerke Haus
The road to the airport, Kolmanskuppe and beyond
The road to the airport, Kolmanskuppe and beyond
Goerke Haus
Goerke Haus
Goerke Haus
Goerke Haus
Weathervane, Goerke Haus
Weathervane, Goerke Haus
Goerke Haus, Lüderitz
Goerke Haus, Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Cliffs behind the Felsenkirche
Cliffs behind the Felsenkirche
Old defences, Lüderitz
Old defences, Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Historical marker
Historical marker
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lesehalle and Turnhalle later in the day
Lesehalle and Turnhalle later in the day
Ringstrasse, Lüderitz
Ringstrasse, Lüderitz
Lesehalle, Lüderitz
Lesehalle, Lüderitz
Namibian coat of arms
Namibian coat of arms
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Hotel Zum Sperrgebiet, Lüderitz
Hotel Zum Sperrgebiet, Lüderitz
AIDS awareness, Lüderitz
AIDS awareness, Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz waterfront
Lüderitz waterfront
Lüderitz waterfront
Lüderitz waterfront
Namibian Office of the Ombudsman
Namibian Office of the Ombudsman
Colonial architecture from 1906, Lüderitz
Colonial architecture from 1906, Lüderitz
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Lüderitz
Lüderitz
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Woermann-Linie building, Lüderitz
Woermann-Linie building, Lüderitz
Deutsche Afrika-Linien (Woermann-Linie)
Deutsche Afrika-Linien (Woermann-Linie)
Reinhold was the first to make it up the Felsen for sunset at Lüderitz
Reinhold was the first to make it up the Felsen for sunset at Lüderitz
Sunset, Lüderitz
Sunset, Lüderitz
Ralph filming sunset on the cliffs at Lüderitz with the moon rising
Ralph filming sunset on the cliffs at Lüderitz with the moon rising
Sunset in Lüderitz
Sunset in Lüderitz
Felsenkirche
Felsenkirche
Window in the Felsenkirche donanted by Kaiser Wilhelm II, Luderitz, Namibia
Window in the Felsenkirche donanted by Kaiser Wilhelm II, Luderitz, Namibia
Kaiser Wilhelm's window, Luderitz, Namibia
Kaiser Wilhelm's window, Luderitz, Namibia
Felsenkirche
Felsenkirche
Felsenkirche, Lüderitz
Felsenkirche, Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Sundowner on the cliffs by the Felsenkirche
Sundowner on the cliffs by the Felsenkirche
Felsenkirche
Felsenkirche
The lights coming on in Lüderitz
The lights coming on in Lüderitz
Felsenkirche at night
Felsenkirche at night
Felsenkirche at night
Felsenkirche at night
Eckhart's regular evening pose
Eckhart's regular evening pose
Another long day for Eckhart
Another long day for Eckhart
Please don't steal the diamonds
Please don't steal the diamonds
Lüderitz is pretty much a company town for Namdeb, the Namibian diamond company
Lüderitz is pretty much a company town for Namdeb, the Namibian diamond company
Namdeb's mission
Namdeb's mission
Kolmanskuppe, a turn of the century diamond mining town 14km inland from Lüderitz
Kolmanskuppe, a turn of the century diamond mining town 14km inland from Lüderitz
The Sperrgebiet is the restricted diamond area that covers a huge area
The Sperrgebiet is the restricted diamond area that covers a huge area
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Recreation Hall, Kolmanskuppe
Recreation Hall, Kolmanskuppe
Recreation Hall, Kolmanskuppe
Recreation Hall, Kolmanskuppe
Museum at Kolmanskuppe
Museum at Kolmanskuppe
Huge rough diamonds, Kolmanskuppe
Huge rough diamonds, Kolmanskuppe
Theatrical stenciling in the Recreation Hall, Kolmanskuppe
Theatrical stenciling in the Recreation Hall, Kolmanskuppe
Gym, Kolmanskuppe
Gym, Kolmanskuppe
Stove, Kolmanskuppe
Stove, Kolmanskuppe
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DSC_2594.JPG
Kegelbahn, Kolmanskuppe
Kegelbahn, Kolmanskuppe
Kegelbahn, Kolmanskuppe
Kegelbahn, Kolmanskuppe
Old electrical equipment
Old electrical equipment
Don't pee in the ruins
Don't pee in the ruins
Butcher
Butcher
Meat hooks
Meat hooks
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
The sand has really taken over some houses
The sand has really taken over some houses
Sand nearly to the ceiling
Sand nearly to the ceiling
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Sandy hallway
Sandy hallway
Stenciling, Kolmanskuppe
Stenciling, Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Hospital, Kolmanskuppe
Hospital, Kolmanskuppe
Hospital, Kolmanskuppe
Hospital, Kolmanskuppe
Hospital, Kolmanskuppe Ghost Town
Hospital, Kolmanskuppe Ghost Town
Call the plumber!
Call the plumber!
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
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DSC_2678.JPG
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DSC_2679.JPG
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DSC_2684.JPG
Reinhold in a tub
Reinhold in a tub
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DSC_2689.JPG
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DSC_2690.JPG
Recreation Hall, Kolmanskuppe
Recreation Hall, Kolmanskuppe
Architect's House, Kolmanskuppe
Architect's House, Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Kolmanskuppe
Inge's tired of the blowing sand
Inge's tired of the blowing sand
Architect's House, Kolmanskuppe
Architect's House, Kolmanskuppe
Reinhold, Inge, Ralph, Christian
Reinhold, Inge, Ralph, Christian
Architect's House
Architect's House
Electrical outlet and switch
Electrical outlet and switch
Architect's House, Kolmanskuppe
Architect's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe Ghost Town
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe Ghost Town
Architect's House
Architect's House
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
Mine Manager's House, Kolmanskuppe
After Kolmanskuppe, we took a brief excursion to Diaz Point and Grosse Bucht
After Kolmanskuppe, we took a brief excursion to Diaz Point and Grosse Bucht
Low-flying seagull
Low-flying seagull
Diaz Point (Dias for the Portuguese)
Diaz Point (Dias for the Portuguese)
Diaz Point Lighthouse, Namibia
Diaz Point Lighthouse, Namibia
Diaz Point Lighthouse
Diaz Point Lighthouse
Diaz Point Lighthouse
Diaz Point Lighthouse
Waves crashing against the shore at Diaz Point
Waves crashing against the shore at Diaz Point
The wind today is pushing 30 knots
The wind today is pushing 30 knots
Diaz Point foghorn
Diaz Point foghorn
Diaz Point
Diaz Point
Diaz Point Lighthouse
Diaz Point Lighthouse
Diaz Point
Diaz Point
Landing point of Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488
Landing point of Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488
The current cross at Diaz Point is a replica
The current cross at Diaz Point is a replica
View from the Diaz Point cross to the fog horn
View from the Diaz Point cross to the fog horn
Grosse Bucht, south of Diaz Point
Grosse Bucht, south of Diaz Point
Grosse Bucht
Grosse Bucht
Wreck of a small ship at Grosse Bucht
Wreck of a small ship at Grosse Bucht
Wreck at Grosse Bucht
Wreck at Grosse Bucht
Tanking up for the flight south along the coast to Bogenfels, then inland over Fish River Canyon, on to Keetmanshoop
Tanking up for the flight south along the coast to Bogenfels, then inland over Fish River Canyon, on to Keetmanshoop
Residential area near Lüderitz
Residential area near Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Felsenkirche, Lüderitz
Felsenkirche, Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Lüderitz
Rounding Diaz Point
Rounding Diaz Point
Diaz Point (Lüderitz)
Diaz Point (Lüderitz)
Grosse Bucht, Namibia
Grosse Bucht, Namibia
Wreck of a fishing boat, Sperrgebiet
Wreck of a fishing boat, Sperrgebiet
Diamond mine in the Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Diamond mine in the Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Diamond Mine, Sperrgebiet
Diamond Mine, Sperrgebiet
Elizabeth Point, Sperrgebiet
Elizabeth Point, Sperrgebiet
Elizabeth Point mine, Sperrgebiet
Elizabeth Point mine, Sperrgebiet
Elizabeth Point, Sperrgebiet
Elizabeth Point, Sperrgebiet
V5-JOG overflying the southern end of Possession Island, Namibia
V5-JOG overflying the southern end of Possession Island, Namibia
Sperrgebiet
Sperrgebiet
Coast of the Sperrgebiet
Coast of the Sperrgebiet
Buildings on a rocky point, Sperrgebiet
Buildings on a rocky point, Sperrgebiet
Bogenfels, a major landmark in the Sperrgebiet south of Lüderitz
Bogenfels, a major landmark in the Sperrgebiet south of Lüderitz
Bogenfels, Namibia
Bogenfels, Namibia
Heading inland across the southern Sperrgebiet towards Fish River Canyon
Heading inland across the southern Sperrgebiet towards Fish River Canyon
Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Scorpion Mine on the edge of the Sperrgebiet
Scorpion Mine on the edge of the Sperrgebiet
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