Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

June 12, 2013 | in Travel

This town is located just ten kilometers from the Atlantic coast and from the nearest human settlement, the town of Luderitz. The history of this place is, at the same time, interesting, sad and funny.

Today, this place was turned into a museum town. The history of Kolmanskop began in 1908, when a railroad worker Zacharias Lewala found here a diamond and showed it to his supervisor August Stauch. The idea that Zacharias found a diamond mine transformed this area, just in a few years, into a neat German town. However, it turned out that the climatic conditions here were incompatible with life, because of the constant sandstorms and lack of water. And besides that, there weren’t any diamonds. In the end, the town was completely abandoned, and eventually was covered in sand.

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

Kolmanskop Gost Town in Namib Desert

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