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"Diamond Area" Luderitz Tip by tini58de

Luderitz, Namibia: 6 reviews and 6 photos

  diamond area
by tini58de

On the way to and from Luederitz you pass through a restricted area: DIAMONDS!!!!

In 1908 Namibia had a "diamond rush". Within two years, a town, complete with a casino, school, hospital and exclusive residential buildings, boomed up in the barren sandy desert near Luederitz, called Kolmanskop. Over 1000 kilos of diamonds were found before World War I. Their amount greatly diminished after the war. Furthermore, considerably larger diamonds were found in the south near Oranjemund, causing Kolmanskop to become a ghost town. You can get tours through Kolmanskop and will see, how the sand is rapidly taking over!

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  • Updated Aug 5, 2004
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