A ghost town in the Namib in southern Namibia, 10 kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. Once a small but very rich diamond mining village, it is now a tourist destination.
The town was ultimately abandoned in 1956. The geological forces of the desert mean that tourists now walk through houses knee-deep in sand. Kolmanskop is popular with photographers for its settings of the desert sands’ reclaiming this once-thriving town, and the arid climate preserving the traditional architecture in the area.
BORIS M STRUK