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About The Krabbenhöft & Lampe National Monument

The Krabbenhöft & Lampe main building is over 100 years old and one of Namibia’s National Heritage Monuments. Overlooking the historic town of Luderitz from the top of the main street, it is a very short walk to the CBD. It was built a trade house and residence for Namibia’s very first registered PTY and accordingly comprised shop space, storage and lodging.Today after all its years of service and many alterations it still functions for the same purposes in various ways. Due to its age and ever-present use, renovations are constantly required.

Although the house is a national monument, it unfortunately is not financially supported as such. Accordingly renovations are carried out with prioritized care as and when the financial means allow and you may notice evidence of such aspects during your stay.

It is in this extraordinary setting that we provide accommodation which offers the unique atmosphere of an antique house with many hints and tell-tale signs of history which have accumulated over its time. While the ground floor is still used for trading and storage, the first and second floors offer three spacious self-catering apartments containing wooden floors, high ceilings, antique wooden window frames and a still present history in many aspects. These are the
“Lampe Apartment/Wohnung“ which sleeps 4-6 persons
“Oberdeck Apartment“ which sleeps 10-12 persons
“Frieda Woermann Apartemnt/Wohnung“ which sleeps 1-4 persons
all of which are fully equipped for self-catering purposes each with kitchen facilities, bathrooms and a lounge with DStv (Hotel Bouquet).

The accommodation however is certainly not comparable to the luxury of most modern guesthouses. Present without most luxuries offered elsewhere, it is homely, antique and special. It will welcome guests who have a love and respect for such things, but it may disappoint when expectations compare to modern luxurious standards. There are no lifts, only wooden stairs.

We try our best to keep everything clean, but when the wind blows - as it does a lot in Luderitz - there will be dust. There will be some sand in the windows and all kinds of things blowing through the yards. In accord the roof and building structure will express their age and tell tales with a variety of noises.

This establishment is NOT a hotel; there is no permanent reception desk, no porter to carry your bags. Our staff will however give their best to keep things clean and tidy. Since they are also responsible for another establishment just down the road, they might not always be on-site, but are reachable by telephone .

Also on the premises are conference facilities, a very good Restaurant, Wine & Oyster Bar and Coffeeshop which are open from 08h00 to 21h00 every day (including Sundays).

Very basic shared barbecue/braai facilities and free parking are also available.

Our establishment is not in a position to accept any liability, including due to any losses on account of any criminal incidents. By booking with us you hereby accept all liability and indemnify the establishment with respect to all such potential losses.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 12 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 20
  • Check-in: 12:00 AM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 30 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Satellite TV*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Conference Venues

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Please note: we don't have a night desk at our guesthouse, check-in and handing over of keys will unfortunately not be possible after 20h00 on the day of arrival!

PLEASE NOTE - NO RECEPTION/CHECK-IN after 20h00 without prior arrangement.

Availability and pricing

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  • Frieda Apartement Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering This lovely unit has a bedroom with a double bed and a bathroom with a shower only. Two extra single beds for children... see more Features:  Double beds, DStv, Private bathroom, Shower only, Mountain views, Balcony/patio see more Double beds, DStv, Private bathroom, Shower only, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Upstairs, Self-catering, Single beds, Television, Wi-Fi, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, City views
    from R700 For 2 guests
    • Adults
      • Lampe Apartment Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering This unit offers three bedrooms. One room has a double bed with en-suite bathroom. Two rooms have two single beds each,... see more Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, DStv, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower over bath see more Twin beds, Double beds, DStv, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower over bath, Shower only, Shared bathroom, Upstairs, Self-catering, Single beds, Television, Wi-Fi, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, City views
        from R800 For 2 guests
        • Adults
          • Oberdeck Sleeps 10 Includes: Self-catering Ideal for a group or family, this spacious unit has five bedrooms with eight single beds which share the use of one bath... see more Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, DStv, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower only see more Twin beds, Double beds, DStv, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower only, Shared bathroom, Upstairs, Self-catering, Single beds, Television, Wi-Fi, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, City views
            from R1000 For 2 guests
            • Adults

              Reviews for The Krabbenhöft & Lampe National Monument

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              Hilton Anspach
              30 May 2018

              Character, character, character! If you enjoy historic buildings, spacious rooms and a great location, look no farther. We spent 3 nights here, perfect place to stay in Luderitz.

              Susan Jansen
              28 March 2018

              We were so disappointed, we did not stay the night. We went and slept at another place. Not pet friendly at all - sleeping on the 3rd flour? No secure parking. Door could not lock. Door also came off its hinge. I don't even want to hit one star, because its not worth it

              Louis Van Den Berg
              05 January 2018

              When we arrived after almost 800km drive they did not have our booking (even with confirmation received). We had to find alternative accommodation.

              Emil Haarhoff
              19 July 2017

              Ons groep het lekker gekuier. Sterkte vir die res van die jaar. Groete Emil Haarhoff

              Barry van der Berg
              30 June 2017

              In spite of the fact that we booked, and fully paid, about three months in advance, Krabbenhoft decided to take in a more glamarous group, a film company, and moved us to another location that we didn't want. As a result we decided to go to a place as far away from Luderitz as possible and booked a lovely place in the Kalahari, where we had a great time. Luderitz is unlikely to see us again.

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              The Krabbenhöft & Lampe National Monument is 1.1km from the centre of Luderitz , the nearest airport 328.6km (Keetmanshoop Airport).
              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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