On the southern coast of Namibia, in the interior of the infamous Sperrgebiet, is Kolmanskop, one of the 101 wonders of the world selected by Lonely Planet, a unique ghost town.

It was built in 1908 to shelter the diamond seekers who worked in this desert region of the Namib, about ten kilometers from the coast. Although the abandonment of Kolmanskop as the headquarters of the Consolidated Diamond Mines was gradual (it began after World War II and ended in 1956, when the last resident left), no one would tell when visiting today.

At present, it is nothing more than a place of passage for tourists and curious, the reason is that in a short time, the intense mining that the German Government had exhausted the reserves of the area; by the 1930s the search for diamonds was no longer profitable. The town finally fell apart in 1928, when the largest diamond reserves to date were discovered off the southern shores.

The most captivating thing about the place are the buildings and homes flooded by the unstoppable sea of ​​sand that does not stop before the toys and furniture perfectly placed in some places of the houses, before the bowling alley and the theater that still seem ready to open their doors.


How to get to Kolmanskop

If you are not traveling by your own car from the Republic of South Africa, the easiest way to get to Lüderitz (starting point for Kolmanskop), on the southern coast of Namibia, is to fly to Windhoek.


When to go?

The months from May to October are the best to go. The daytime temperature is moderate and the skies are clear.

DAVID HOLT, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

DAVID HOLT, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons


In this ghost town it is hard to believe what you see, it is too surreal and beautiful at the same time. Experience worth living on your trip to Africa or, specifically, the country of Namibia.