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Fixer-Uppers of Kolmanskop, Namibia

Abandoned house in Kolmanskop diamond mining ghost town, 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.

 

Abandoned house in Kolmanskop diamond mining ghost town, Namibia.

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!

 

Abandoned house in Kolmanskop diamond mining ghost town, Namibia.

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.

 

Piles of sand filling an abandoned house in Kolmanskop diamond mining ghost town, Namibia.

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.

 

An antique staircase in abandoned house in Kolmanskop diamond mining ghost town, Namibia.

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.


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2 Responses to “Fixer-Uppers of Kolmanskop, Namibia”

  1. Richard Williams says:

    Was the ten pin bowling court still there? this is one of the most fascinating places I’ve been to. I was there 20 years ago. its a pity the roof sheets are coming off. Keep going Vagabond you look like you are having the time of your life. Richard

  2. Hi Richard, We didn’t see the bowling alley but perhaps it’s still there. Could you actually play? That would have been incredible. We found Kolmanskop fascinating but there was definitely an eery feeling! We wouldn’t like to be there in the dark! Lucie, Lachlan & big licks from Bow Wow

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