The small town of Lüderitz is wedged between the Namib Desert dunes and the wild Atlantic seaboard. Because of its location, it’s not on many itineraries, but this is our destination today. This sleepy settlement was placed under the protection of Chancellor Bismarck who assumed German control of the whole of South West Africa from the late 19th Century to World War I.
The fishing industry continues to be the main employer here. After yesterday’s surprise finding local Namibian oysters edging out the ‘Sydney Rocks’ for creaminess and flavour, I’m all set to find the best place in town to sample the local crayfish.
But, I am to be disappointed! The local guide on the ship sends me in a taxi to the place she recommends – The Nest Hotel, beautifully situated across the other side of the harbour overlooking the sea.
What a sleepy throw-back to the 50’s. After waiting an hour over a cold Windhoek beer, along come four crayfish – great colour! But that’s where the ‘great’ ends. Compared to the delicate, sweet, South Australian crays, these are tough, overcooked or old. And there’s a strong iodine flavour.
PHOTOS of Lüderitz: CLICK HERE.