Fixer-Uppers of Kolmanskop, Namibia
We kept our eyes peeled for shining stones and glamorous ghosts as we explored the deserted diamond town of Kolmanskop in Namibia that is now almost lost to the dunes.
In its heyday, Kolmanskop was so rich in diamonds that men didn't even need spades to find them, they just sifted through the dirt with their hands. Talk about location, location, location!
Diamond fever ensued after the first precious pebble was discovered in 1908. A lavish town appeared, as if from nothing, and flourished for half a century in the middle of the unforgiving desert.
Their once lavish homes are now being lost to the dunes but it's easy to imagine the glitzy parties that took place here and how female guests' gems would have glinted in the moonlight.
At one time, Kolmanskop was the wealthiest place in all of Africa but when the diamond mines became exhausted, there was simply no reason for anyone to stay and slowly the town has been reclaimed by the desert.