Luderitz is a well known harbour town in ǁKaras Region, southern Namibia, situated on one of Africa's least hospitable coasts. It's a port that was developed around Shark Island and Robert Harbour. Luderitz has a population of around 12,540 people (2011 census) and is famous for its colonial architecture, which includes some Art Nouveau work, as well as for wildlife including penguins, seals, ostriches and flamingos. Luderitz lies at the end of decommissioned railway line to Keetmanshoop. The town is home to a museum.
- The harbour features a shallow rock bottom, which makes it unusable for modern vessels. This fact led to Walvis Bay now becoming the centre of Namibian shipping industry. However, the addition of new quay allowed bigger fishing ships to dock at Luderitz.
- The town has re-styled itself in an attempt to tempt tourists to the region, which includes a brand new waterfront area for offices and shops. Building of a new port 30 km (19 ml) south of Luderitz, at Shearwater Bay, was proposed for coal export from Botswana with 1,600-km (990-ml) railway connecting the two.
- Outside Luderitz lies the ghost town Kolmanskop, a popular tourist destination. The previously bustling diamond city is now abandoned, and struggles against being buried under the sand dunes of Namib desert.
- The coastline in the region is recognised by global conservation groups like Bird Life as one of the IBAs (Important Bird Areas) for important coastal seabird breeding.
- Halifax Island, Ichaboe Island, Possession Islands and Mercury Island support the Namibian breeding population of Morus capensis (Cape gannets), 96% of the Namibian population of endangered Spheniscus demersus (African penguin), and nearly a quarter of global breeding population of Microcarbo coronatus (crowned cormorants).
- About 80% of the global population of endangered Phalacrocorax neglectus (Bank cormorant) breeds on Mercury and Ichaboe Islands.
- In April 2009, oil spill from an oil tanker endangered hundreds of African penguins and various flora and fauna.
- Several cetaceans'species, mostly Haviside's dolphins, are often seen close to shore while bigger whales like southern right, pygmy right, minke, fin, humpback, are less common but slowly increasing in numbers.
Highlights: Colonial German town, Kolmanskop Ghost Town
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