"Attractions - Kolmanskop" Kolmannskop Ghost Town Tip by MikeAtSea

Kolmannskop Ghost Town, Namibia: 4 reviews and 3 photos

by MikeAtSea

In 1908, Luederitz was plunged into diamond fever. People rushed into the Namib desert hoping to make an easy fortune and within two years, a town, complete with a casino, school, hospital and exclusive residential buildings, had been established in the barren sandy desert. The diamond-bearing gravel was screened and washed in huge recovery plants. Over 1 000 kg of diamonds were extracted before World War I. However, the amount of gemstones greatly diminished after the war. Furthermore, considerably larger diamonds were found to the south near Oranjemund, causing Kolmanskop to become a ghost town.
Today the town is being claimed back by the Namib desert making it an astonishing site to visit.

Directions: On the outskirts of Luederitz, Southern Namibian Coast
Phone: +264 63 204 031
Website: http://kolmanskuppe.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 25, 2006
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