We arrived in Luderitz on Sunday morning, around 8am. We were all quite tired. I ended up getting the bug that Brian and Carol both had and it was not kind to me and had to clean my dinner off the side of the boat afterwards. So it made a long night for me and we were all quite exhausted by the time we arrived. We kind of just lounged around all day on Sunday and waited for Monday morning to go into town and get checked in.
Finding all the offices was a challenge. We checked Noonsite.com and it gave us explicit directions, but they weren’t quite right. We still ended up asking directions all along the way. But we finally made it through the guantlet of immigration, customs, and port control and set off to get some information about tourism, get SIM cards, and look into car rentals. We ended up deciding to book a tour with a guy who Peristerra used with its 7 Swedish passengers to go visit some internal sites. The rental cars here in Luderitz (I’m told it’s the same throughout Namibia) are quite expensive compared to South Africa. We rented a car for $17 per day in South Africa, where here it costs around $75 per day. That, combined with the advantage of having a tour guide, freeing me up to take photos from the road, rather than focused on the road, made the decision for me. Brian and Carol agreed. So tomorrow we’ll be heading off on that adventure. We’ll be going to Keetmanshoop and then to the Fish River Valley, supposedly a Grand Canyon-like experience. Looking forward to it.
Luderitz is quite “deserty” in look and feel. Every day the wind kicks up to about 25 knots and the only trees we’ve seen have been palm trees and they have been sparse. We ate at a wonderful little cafe here in town yesterday, called The Garden Cafe. If you find yourself in Luderitz, you must go there. Homemade bread sandwiches and quiche you will die for. We also visited a few different cafes and restaurants in town, looking for the best WIFI, honestly, and they were all quite nice. Unfortunately, WIFI from the boat can only be had through our cell phone SIM cards.
Here are some snaps I’ve taken around town. The people here are friendly and as I mentioned in past posts, the culture here is Afrikaans and German, and you can see the German influence in the food and the road signs. Lots of German-looking signs, although perhaps that is also an Afrikaans thing. I’m honestly still a little unsure what Afrikaans looks like and my German sucks, so I may be confusing the two.