The Ghost Town Of Namibia
Located in the Namib desert, not far from Lüderitz, Kolmanskop was once a thriving mining village. Precious diamonds were discovered here in 1908 — prompting a boom and a surging population of prospectors.
These days it is a ghost town, abandoned and being reclaimed, little by little, by the desert. The desolate buildings here being buried beneath the shifting sands, it is a haunting place.
There was once a hospital, ballroom, school, theatre and casino here — as well as the first tram in Africa. But the diamond rush didn’t last long and, supplies depleted, people began to leave in order to seek their fortunes elsewhere.
The mass exodus began not long after World War Two, with Kolmanskop abandoned in 1956. The buildings remain, although most are partially-buried — a little more so each year. It’s quiet and eerie now, and walking the once-thriving streets can be an unsettling experience.