The road from Aus is the only way to and from the coastal town of Luderitz, with Diamond fields on either side of the 124 km road. Luderitz is a harbour town in the Karas region of southern Namibia, lying on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa, where the rain fall is less than 17 mm… per annum! The surrounding ocean however is extremely rich in ocean life which led to the founding of this town. The bay was initially discovered by Bartholomew Diaz 1487 where he erected a stone cross.
When we arrived in Luderitz we took a day trip out to Diaz Point and GrossBuch. There is many epic 4×4 trails to explore in this portion of the coastline, which we spent the day zig-zagging.
Diaz point was beautiful and dilapidated, the bridge that once gave easy access across to the stone monument is now in a state of disrepair (which Istene took full advantage of).
The sites around Luderitz consisted of old German buildings, an abandoned old diamond town and a large wooden peer that the locals fish off.
On the way out of Luderitz we stopped at an old abandoned train station to take shelter from an approaching sand storm. The house shook, creaked and squeeked but did not collapse during the storm to our relief. We left the next morning once the storm blew over to find the illusive Apollo 11 cave, where the oldest evidence of human habitation was discovered.
The next portion of the adventure was one of the most challenging and rewarding dirt roads of the trip.
Trent Seiler &
The Nitty Gritty Nomads