Once upon a time Kolmanskop was the richest town in Africa, but diamonds are not forever… When the mines where nearly empty and no diamond with good quality was found anymore, the mining companies moved south to better mining spots.
Around 1910 there was the peak of diamond mining in the Sperrgebiet near Lüderitz. Kolmanskop was built and even that there was no proper water utility a hospital, theatre, butchery and ice-factory belonged to the little town in middle of the desert.
After the mining operation moved away the nature had chance to regain the area and the dunes moved into the houses where people were living before. It is a very magic place to visit, especially during noon when the shadows and contrasts are high.
Byebye Lüderitz and Kolmanskop!