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Lüderitz is a long drive from anywhere in Namibia but is a very rewarding place to pay a visit, in part because of its German colonial history. En route to Lüderitz, watch for wild horses on the plains several dozens of kilometres before the town. Although Lüderitz itself is just a small place, it has its charms.
Lüderitz has a very pleasant climate with generally warm and dry weather and relatively small fluctuations throughout the year. The summer months from November to March are somewhat warmer though compared to winter from June to September. Precipitation is extremely low, mainly because of the cold Benguela current flowing along the coast. Lüderitz, like many places along the Namibian coast though experiences quite a few days with fog.
It's a straight 4-hour drive from Keetmanshoop. En route to Lüderitz, watch for wild horses on the plains several dozens of kilometres before the town.
Minibuses depart from the Caltex station in Keetmanshoop, however most of them originate in Windhoek, so are unlikely to reach Keetmanshoop before mid-morning. As such, you may be better off hitching (either from the Caltex station or on the road heading towards Lüderitz). Whichever option you choose, it should cost about N$120 (Nov 2009) and local drivers take just over 3 hours for the trip.
Lüderitz is small enough to walk around on foot.
Lüderitz Backpackers, information at namibweb website, is a cheap option in the town. A private room with shared facilities costs N$210 (Nov 2009). They can also book seats on a minibus heading back to Keetmanshoop, leaving at about 9:15am.
There are Internet cafes in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Opuwo, and hostels often have access as well. Wifi is on the rise, but still not on the level of neighbouring South Africa.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Namibia's country code is 264. Each city or region has a two-digit area code. When calling long distance within Namibia, prefix the area code with a '0'. Mobile phones are very common and run on the GSM network, using the same frequency as Europe and the rest of Africa. Be aware that when you get off the beaten track signal can be erratic.
To avoid high costs, switch off data roaming and/or buy a local SIM card instead. Internet rates especially are extremely high still, but you will also save money on calling costs.
Nampost is the national postal service of Namibia. It has post offices in most major cities and towns or postal services are incorporated within small shops in the smallest settlements. As for many countries in Southern Africa, services are actually fairly reliable but not very fast. Count on 2 weeks or more for postcards or letters to be send to countries in Europe or North America. Most post offices are open from 8:00 or 9:00am to around 4:30pm, with shorter hours (mornings) on Saturdays. Note that local variations may apply. For parcels, you might choose more expensive but faster companies like DHL, UPS, FedEx or TNT.
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