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Fascinating Destinations Kolmanskop, Namibia, a ghost haunting town

Kolmanskop, located in the Namib desert used to be a small, but rich mining village. It has since been abandoned and taken over by sand.

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Kolmanskop was founded in the early 1900's when diamond was first discovered there.

A worker, Zacharias Lewala discovered a diamond while working, and informed his boss, the German railway inspector.

House taken over by sand play

House taken over by sand



Upon the discovery of diamonds, German miners trooped in and settled there, building the town with German architectural style. They also included social amenities such as a hospital, a school, a ballroom and even a casino.

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The flourishing town declined after World War 1 when the diamond was slowly exhausted. The town was abandoned in 1954.

Run-down building in Kolmanskop play

Run-down building in Kolmanskop

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Since then, the town has been abandoned to the wind, desert sands ands other elements. The already run-down buildings are falling apart, filled with sand from the desert trying desperately to reclaim its territory from the town.

Sunlight and sand play

Sunlight and sand



The remains of the town attract tourists and photographers, hence a museum has been set up there to preserve the last of Kolmanskop's history.

House taken over by sand play

House taken over by sand



The village is also said to be haunted and is a favourite spot for ghost hunters. Because of it's location within the restricted area of the Namib desert, visitors are required to get a permit before they enter the town.

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