Island cottage

Island Cottage makes for a great base to explore the attractions of Luderitz. This is also an ideal southern coastal destination for self-drive tourists and families who require self-catering accommodation in Namibia. The accommodation is only 800m from the surreal colonial town of Luderitz, joined to the mainland via a causeway. Well-placed guest rooms afford great sea-views.

There is no communal lounge area but shared braai facilities. Enjoy the lagoon from the elevated patio. Secure parking allows guests to unload and repack in safety. For those not wishing to self-cater the management will be only to pleased to recommend a local restaurant or bar.

Luderitz has everything one would expect from a German town, delicatessens, coffee shops and Lutheran churches. The nearby icy Atlantic Ocean is home to seals, penguins and other interesting marine life of Namibia's Atlantic Coast.

Facilities include a laundry service, Internet connection, daily room service and secure parking at Island Cottage. Accommodation is the Seagull, Penguin or Flamingo Cottages. Each cottage has en-suite bathrooms and a shower/toilet, TV, telephone, overhead fan and a tea/coffee station. The fully equipped kitchens include a toaster, kettle, crockery and cutlery and a small stove. (Less the Flamingo Cottage that has no stove.) Every unit has a braai facility with a patio and all 3 of the cottages have spectacular views of the lagoon. All of the rooms are non-smoking and oyster's and champagne can be arranged on request!

The Seagull Cottage: a double room with a cozy and warm atmosphere. It has a bed with two single bed mattresses each with its own linen. Good quality towels and 100% cotton percale linen are provided. This cottage is also furnished with a double bed sleeper couch which can sleeps two children or one adult (the sleeper couch is not in a separate bedroom). There’s a fully equipped kitchen and an en-suite bathroom with a shower.

The Penguin Cottage is furnished with 2 single beds and a comfortable sleeper couch, which can easily be transformed into a double bed. It also has a fully equipped kitchen and an en-suite bathroom and shower. Linen and towels are provided.

The Flamingo Cottage has an en-suite bathroom and shower, a breakfast corner in one room and 2 single beds in the other. This is not a self catering cottage

Tourists to the area should note that when the wind blows, (which is most of the time), the final 10km into Luderitz may be blocked by the Barchans dune field, which seems hell-bent upon crossing the road. The drifts pile quite high before the road crews are able to clean them off, and conditions do get hazardous, especially if it’s foggy.

Self-drive activities include a trip to The Lüderitz Peninsula, much of which lies outside the Sperrgebiet prohibited area, making it an interesting half-day excursion. The picturesque and relatively calm bay, Sturmvogelbucht, has a lovely beach and is viable for swimming, but the water temperature would only be amenable to a sea or a penguin. A Norwegian whaling station was sited there in 1914, but is now a rusty ruin.

At Diaz Point, 22km south of Lüderitz, there is a lovely, classic lighthouse and replica of Dias cross erected in July 1488 by Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias on his return voyage from the Cape of Good Hope. The point is frequented by seals, and from the nearby car park, you can observe the jackass penguin colony on Halifax Island. You can also observe cormorants, wading birds and even the occasional school of dolphins.

Grosse Bucht (Big Bay) at the southern end of the peninsula, is favoured by flocks of flamingos that feed in the tidal pools. It’s also the site of a small but picturesque shipwreck on the beach.

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Kolmanskop Ghost Town: Visit the Kolmanskop Ghost town near Luderitz.

Pomona & Bogenfels Day Tour: Trip into the Sperrgebiet (forbidden diamond area) with visits to the abandonded mining town of Pomona & the rock arch at Bogenfels.

Catamaran Cruises: Several cruises around Luderitz harbour, options include sunset cruises & a visit to an oyster farm.

Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Wilson, Colin

17 Nov 2013

Very nice, good to do our own thing after hotels. Welcome good and the place was very well equippped.

Douglass, Coleen

17 Oct 2012

The accommodation was more than I expected and wonderful owner, I will recommend Island Cottage to others.

Maio, Federico

4 Oct 2011

Amazing location. The room has a big window on the sea and the landscape is fantastic. You have a kitchen to cook and the bathroom is good.

Davies, Richard

10 Sep 2014

Lovely - just what we needed at the time and the owner was very helpful and accommodating. Recommended as a bolt-hole that`s great value for money

Duvenhage, Johan

21 Jun 2015

Very well located with excellent views. Accommodation was well appointed and good value for money. Wifi available. DSTV if you really want to watch TV.


2 Feb 2010

Lovely & clean. Owner & staff helpful. Will definitely recommend as accommodation for Luderitz to fellow travellers. Had a great stay. What a pleasure.

Verstraete, Kris

25 Jul 2012

Nice room with attentful little things the owner Retha did for us like a beautiful welcome letter, little chocolats for our little boy,...very sweet service!

Grassi, Gabriele

12 Sep 2015

Very nice place, great cosy room, Retha is very gentle and will help you to organise your activities during your stay. It is self catering and all the useful culinary tools are provided.

Van Heerden, Willie

8 Oct 2012

The apartment is beautifully situated with a very nice view. Everything what you need is inside; crisp clean and in good condition. Cleaning and maintenance is sharp. Good value for the price. We missed a microwave oven.

Greenwood, Stusar

29 Aug 2014

We were shown around the room then pretty much left to it which was fine. We were given some info by Retha. it was a very comfortable room, warm, with hot water and cable TV which was quite nice to have for a couple of days.


Island Cottage is on Shark Island, Luderitz

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