Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz

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Gradually swallowed by the Namib desert's sand storms, Kolmanskop Ghost Town once served as a thriving diamond mining community established by the colonial Germans. The town's supplies were slowly exhausted during World War I, and the site was completely abandoned in 1954. Take a guided tour to explore the alleys and streets covered knee-deep in sand, as well as the surrounding public institutions and facilities. The weather can get very hot here, so carry extra water and sunscreen with you. To visit Kolmanskop Ghost Town on your holiday in Luderitz, and find out what else Luderitz has to offer, use our Luderitz holiday planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    If you are in the area it's well worth a visit. We bought the early morning permits (I think they're called photographers permits) that allowed us to enter at 6am and we were the only ones there until...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    interesting to see. I wouldn't recommend the free tour they give- its too busy and too many people getting in the way of any photos or exploring. The place is interesting to visit if you are going to ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    This was a long time wish of mine to be able to shoot this town the desert took back. I took the tour which I found had interesting information and took 45 minuets, then I was left to explore and take...  more »

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Where to stay in Luderitz

Surrounded by deserts and inhospitable ocean waters, the only accommodations in Lüderitz lie in the city center--with the exception of an inexpensive campsite on Shark Island near the harbor. As with most of the structures in Lüderitz, lots of the guesthouses and lodges feature a colonial Art Nouveau style, and will put you in close proximity to seafood restaurants. If you're up for a more luxurious stay, book a hotel room near an isolated beach in the southwestern part of the town, with sea views, an outdoor pool, and a wooden pier.
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