I do not know how I learnt about the existence of Kolmanskop.
I do not recall if it was the online, Television or even just a fantastic old fashioned book that alerted me to the presence of a tiny abandoned town in Namibia.
What I do know is that as quickly as I decided to travel by way of Namibia, there have been no doubts in my thoughts that I would ultimately get to see this otherworldly village with my personal eyes.
Kolmanskop is positioned just a brief drive from the coastal town of Luderitz, on the other hand, this town is reasonably far south when compared to numerous other tourist hotspots in Namibia and as a outcome, appears to miss out on a huge quantity of travellers, a thing which constantly tends to make me satisfied!
You can contact me greedy if you want to, but I just constantly appear to love going to areas additional if I have them to myself or only need to have to share them with a little handful of other folks.
For me, that solitude can make a location transcend beauty and attain a level of pure magic.
In 1908, a worker located a diamond in this region and upon displaying it to his supervisor, the region swiftly went created from nothing at all into a wealthy mining town run by the German empire. The region was located to be extremely wealthy in diamonds, and it didn’t take lengthy for the region to constructed up in the German architectural style, with amenities such as a hospital, college, casino, ballroom and the initial tramline in Africa.
Following WWII the quantity of diamonds becoming located started to gradually deplete, but huge diamond deposits had began becoming mined in Orange River, some 270km south of Kolmanskop. Several of the towns inhabitants abandoned their houses and raced south to seek additional diamond-filled pastures and the town was absolutely abandoned by 1956.
In the contemporary day, Kolmanskop has been transformed into a little tourist attraction which brings people today and income to the nearby seaside town of Luderitz. Nonetheless, due to the place of Kolmanskop, it can be very easily missed by numerous Namibian travellers. These who choose up automobiles from Windhoek frequently do not want to drive so far South and make such a major detour, and people today travelling from South Africa will frequently pick to stop by Fish River Canyon rather of Kolmanskop.
Generally, having to this town demands rather a huge detour off of any of the major tourist trails in Namibia and it gets just a fraction of the guests that Sossusvlei and Etosha boast – which is what tends to make it so utterly attractive to me.
We paid for the additional pricey ‘photographers permit’, which would enable us to stop by the town outdoors of the common going to hours, but honestly, we didn’t truly need to have to do so. It was empty adequate even throughout the peak hours!
There is one particular huge manor home which is nonetheless in certainly excellent situation. It is positioned greater up than any of the other buildings and has therefore escaped the bulk of natures energy.
Even though this home lacked any red Namib sand, it created up for this with some striking shadows that could be located all through the home.
I had began at this manor home with the concept that if I began at the prime of the hill earlier in the day, it wouldn’t be so exhausting to trudge by way of the sand in a downhill style as the sun and mercury continued to rise.
As I began to descend, the buildings became additional and additional dilapidated and the sand became additional and additional encompassing.
It should really go without having saying, but I certainly have to tension that if you strategy to stop by Kolmanskop, you certainly will have to do so while wearing closed toed footwear, and boots with thicker soles are absolutely preferable.
When you enter these buildings you do so at your personal threat, and there are absolutely additional than a couple of possible security hazards. I spotted numerous an exposed nail, lots of shattered glass and even a snake!
The buildings should really have began to really feel repetitive, but there was constantly a thing new to discover in every single creating and every single space.
In some cases it was quick to get into the buildings, other instances having in would need some critical manoeuvres! I ended up essentially crawling by way of the window in this subsequent image.
Most of the furnishings has lengthy given that disappeared, but there are nonetheless rather a couple of bathtubs floating about in the sand and debris.
The Kolmanskop entrance charge is N$75, which is about $7-eight AUD. We decided to skip the provided tour (it is worth noting that tours are only provided in English and German) in order to discover on our personal.
A photographers permit is additional like $25 AUD, and this enables you to enter the town outdoors common going to hours. This would be beneficial for these interested in evening and astro photography.
Kolmanskop is open each day, but has restricted operating hours and tours on Sundays.
Ultimately, the day began having far as well hot to preserve exploring and it was time for us to head back to Luderitz. I had constantly imagined that Kolmanskop would be magical, but it ended up becoming even additional particular than I ever could have hoped for.
If you are arranging a trip to Namibia, make confident you take the time to detour to Luderitz and Kolmanskop.
I can assure that you will not regret it.
Acquiring to Kolmanskop: We drove from Fish River Canyon to the coastal town of Luderitz, which we utilized as a base
4×4 Automobile Employ: Totally equipped 4×4 automobiles are obtainable to rent from numerous businesses in RSA and Namibia – we rented a Toyota Hilux from South Africa 4×4 for about $155 AUD per day, which is rather popular pricing throughout peak season
Camera: Pictures captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 in conjunction with M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/two.8 and M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/two.eight lenses
Bear in mind: In theory, Namibia could be explored by a 2×2, but it will be uncomfortable. Splash out that additional money for a fantastic 4 wheel drive!
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