Luderitz & Kolmanskop
Namibia Road Trip
Luderitz is quite a bustling town, once a wealthy diamond mining centre, it's now mostly reliant on fishing and tourism. Kolmanskop Ghost Diamond mining town is a place that's maybe unique in the world. Between 1908, when the first diamond was discovered there, until the late 1920's it was a very wealthy town, with electricity before most cities in Europe, a theatre where acts from Europe would perform, a fully equipped hospital and some luxurious mansions.
Also worth a visit is Diaz Point, where the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias landed in July 1488. He named the bay Angra Pequena and erected a padrão (stone cross) on the southern peninsula. It's a bleak, windswept place, and you can see why he didn't hang around, but nevertheless it's oozing history and character. Here are a few photos from our various visits.
Kolmanskop "Ghost Town"
Kolmanskop (German: Kolmannskuppe), an abandoned diamond "ghost" town outside Luderitz in Namibia. Alongside Sossusvlei and Etosha, it's one of the most popular attractions in the country, with tourists and locals alike.
Founded in 1908 after railway worker, Zacharias Lewala found a diamond while working his shift and showed it to his supervisor, German railway inspector August Stauch, who recognised the shiny stone for what it was. Pretty soon the area was inundated with fortune seekers, and by 1912, Kolmanskop was one of the wealthiest towns in Southern Africa, producing 12% of the worlds diamonds, one of the largest single producers at the time.
Nowadays Kolmanskop is being slowly reclaimed by the desert sands and what an incredible experience to walk the deserted corridors and streets, imagining the lives that were lived here, for such a brief period, and in such a desolate and inhospitable place. Enjoy the photos.