Kolmanskop Ghost Town

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Luderitz, Namibia
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The Ghosts that Diamonds Leave behind Feb 01, 2002
Touring the Kolmanskop ghost town/ mine. Kolmanskop is an Afrikaans word for Coleman's Hill located in the Namibian Desert a few miles from Luderitz Port. This used to be a mining town controlled by Diamond giant De Beers, people had rushed into the desert due to the diamond boom in 1908, Schools, hospitals, casinos were established in the desert just like Las Vegas is today. During this time a large amount of diamond was extracted but the amount of gemstones greatly diminished after world war one, much of the population moved out , some went south near the Oranjemund, causing Kolmanskop to become completely abandoned, thus the name ghost town. The ghost town has old buildings with Dutch architectural style, this is as a result of the enormous wealth from the first diamond miners.

There are daily tours to the ghost town, a one hour tour runs from 9:30 am – 11:00 am everyday of the week excluding weekends. It does get windy in the desert. You need a permit to enter the ghost town, this permit can be bought in Luderitz. The town for the most part is in ruins and is being eaten up by the desert sands. A few buildings still stand and can be seen, one of them is the theater, but it looks like it will not last long. For tourism purposed, some of the sand gets taken out on occasion.

It important to go during a time of year when the winds are less violent, we went during a time when the winds and sandstorm were raging and the roads were a little difficult to navigate through due to piles of sand. We spent a few hours waiting for the sand to be removed by giant mechanical shovels. The reason why Coleman was named here is because he was caught up in one of these sand storms in the 1900s and his wagon could not be used, he abandoned it and ended up dying near a rocky outcrop, Johnny Coleman was a transport driver.

The Mines' entertainment center building is a tour company office and you can purchase a ticket, it also has a coffee shop and a souvenir shop where you can even buy diamonds. This is a guided tour, I would not recommend you do it on your own. The tour guides will provide detailed information and a history lesson about this historic ghost town. You will visit the museum which has a display of some of the all equipment used by the diamond diggers, a yard with sorting equipments.

Caution: If you happen to enter the buildings, be careful when you walk, the floors are not safe and the sand makes it hard to know what is safe or not. It is a great opportunity if you can see this town before it gets swallowed by the aggressive sand sea moving northwards, soon it will swallow the whole town. The tour price is reasonable and the guides are knowledgeable about the history of the town. Like many places in Africa, prices never really remain the same for more than a minimum time period, so the prices may vary per person or if you go as a group.
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