Kolmanskop, bij Lüderitz
An abandoned house in Kolmanskop. Bohumil Cap

The beauty of sand

Kolmanskop has an intriguing history. In 1908 in several places in the Namibian desert, people found gold. One of the towns that sprung up to provide the miners with housing and entertainment was Kolmanskop.

The township is in the middle of the desert and built to German architecture. When the town was at its peak there was a hospital, a dance all, a school, a bowling alley, a theatre and a station.

De schoonheid van Kolmanskop.
You can go into many of the houses. Curtis Simmons

Ten years later, at the end of the first world war, the price of diamonds plummeted, and that was the start of the end of Kolmanskop. And in 1936, people found larger and more valuable diamonds along the coast.

The miners left to move to Oranjemund, and by 1950 Kolmanskop was deserted and left to the sands of the desert. Slowly but surely, the buildings filled up with sand.

Faded glory. Matthew and Heather

Mother nature is slowly taking back what’s hers. Eventually the whole town will disappear. The town has been used for several films, but it’s most popular with photographers. Looking at the photos, you understand why.