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In 1908 there was a diamond fever in Lüderitz. Thousands of people moved into the area hoping to make a fortune. Within two years the town of Kolmanskop had sprang up in the desert southeast of Lüderitz, including a casino, school, hospital and residential buildings. The diamond-bearing gravel was screened and washed in huge recovery plants, and up until the First World War, some 1000 kilograms of diamonds were extracted from the barren area. After the war larger diamond were discovered near Oranjemund in the complete south of Namibia. People started leaving and Kolmanskop became a ghost town.

Nowadays most of the town is covered by the ever moving sands of the Namib Desert. Daytrips to Kolmanskop can be arranged from Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop. Kolmanskop is 500 km southwest of Windhoek, 15 km southeast of Lüderitz.


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