Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Kolmanskop Ghost Town. Spooky-creepy noises of the desert wind howling through the desolate buildings. The tumbleweed is rolling, in the far distance; a brown hyena is running in the dim light and the prickle of hair standing on end… (Picture the spooky old haunted ghost towns in the horror movies…)

Kolmanskop Ghost Town lie in the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in South-Western Africa. Among the gentle curves of the sand drifts and bleached stone outcrops, ornate buildings rise, defying their desolate surroundings. Kolmanskop Ghost town lie in the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in South-Western Africa. Among the gentle curves of the sand drifts and bleached stone outcrops, ornate buildings rise, defying their desolate surroundings.

That’s what we experienced in the last hours of the day at Kolmanskop Ghost Town in Namibia. Wow! What a feeling to be completely alone in a desolated Ghost town for the whole day. The last tourists had already left at 13:00, but we were fortunate enough to get a special photographers permit allowing us entry from dawn till dusk. At dusk, Kolmanskop became very creepy especially when the wind had started howling through the empty buildings.

Kolmanskop Ghost town lie in the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in South-Western Africa. Among the gentle curves of the sand drifts and bleached stone outcrops, ornate buildings rise, defying their desolate surroundings. Kolmanskop Ghost town lie in the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in South-Western Africa. Among the gentle curves of the sand drifts and bleached stone outcrops, ornate buildings rise, defying their desolate surroundings.

Open window panes rattled against the walls, or slammed against their frames. It felt very awkward, as if the ghost town got alive when the darkness started settling in. To make this creepy feeling even stronger, a brown Hyena crossed the sand filled streets at the farthest end of the ghost town, running away into the darkness! (The adrenalin rush through ones veins was at its highest in that point of time, and one could clearly felt that your blood have turned into ice cubes!)

Kolmanskop Ghost Town The sands that were once swept up every morning now gather unhindered. The desert encroaches into the buildings, gradually filling the empty rooms with smooth rolling drifts. The houses still stand but it is the elements that are in control. Taken at Kolmanskop Namibia. Kolmanskop Ghost Town Deserted houses in the desert. Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib Desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometers inland from the port town of Lüderitz

Boomed in the early 1900 when diamonds were found, but sadly, about 40 years later, it turned into a ghost town swallowed by the desert sands. The town is just a few kilometres inland from the famous port town Lüderitz. After the First World War, the drop in diamond sales and the discovery of richer deposits further south at Oranjemund, was the beginning of the end for Kolmanskop.

Kolmanskop Ghost town lie in the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in South-Western Africa. Among the gentle curves of the sand drifts and bleached stone outcrops, ornate buildings rise, defying their desolate surroundings. Kolmanskop Ghost town lie in the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in South-Western Africa. Among the gentle curves of the sand drifts and bleached stone outcrops, ornate buildings rise, defying their desolate surroundings.

The desert sands started to take back the town area and sand was blown into every building. Kolmanskop had turned into a ghost town being buried by sand and trapped in time.

Kolmanskop Ghost Town In the Namib desert in southern Namibia lies a ghost town known as Kolmanskop.The town was once home to many miners and their families. Today only buildings filled with dessert sand. Kolmanskop Ghost town lie in the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in South-Western Africa. Among the gentle curves of the sand drifts and bleached stone outcrops, ornate buildings rise, defying their desolate surroundings.

Today it is a very big tourist attraction and an excellent place for photography. In May 2011 Annette and I visited Kolmanskop Ghost Town in Namibia. You need to buy permits to get access to Kolmanskop Ghost Town at Lüderitz. There are two tours one in the morning and one in the afternoon, Friday to Saturday. You may also apply for a special photographers’ permit, that gives you access to the Ghost town from 06:00 until 18:00.

Kolmanskop Ghost town lie in the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in South-Western Africa. Among the gentle curves of the sand drifts and bleached stone outcrops, ornate buildings rise, defying their desolate surroundings. Kolmanskop Ghost town lie in the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in South-Western Africa. Among the gentle curves of the sand drifts and bleached stone outcrops, ornate buildings rise, defying their desolate surroundings.

We were very privileged that we could visit the Kolmanskop Ghost Town on a Namibian Public holiday. On that particular day, there was only one tour scheduled for tourists, from 10:00 until 13:00. The rest of the day, we had the ghost town all to ourselves to photograph. Most of the sand in the buildings was still relatively unspoiled of tourist footprints.

Kolmanskop Ghost town lie in the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in South-Western Africa. Among the gentle curves of the sand drifts and bleached stone outcrops, ornate buildings rise, defying their desolate surroundings. Kolmanskop Ghost Town. Deserted houses in the desert. Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib Desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometers inland from the port town of Lüderitz

What an unforgettable experience. We would love to go back and do it all over again! This place should be on every photographer’s bucket list!

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6 Comments

  1. Lizl September 20, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

    The photos somehow capture the sadness and loneliness of the place. The desolation thereof. Well done.

    • Fanie Heymans September 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

      It is indeed a lonely, sadness that one experience when you go there. But amazing photographic opportunities.

  2. Helena September 20, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    Kolmanskop – ongelooflik!! have enjoyed your take on this subject for a long time. well done . i will never tire of these images.

    • Fanie Heymans September 20, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

      Hi Helena. Thanks. It is an amazing place. Annette and I was very privileged to be able to visit this place.

  3. Kobus October 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Most definitely on my bucket list !!! Need to get my passport in order…

    • Fanie Heymans October 13, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      Hi Kobus. Just tell me when you go. Will give you lots of tips that I am sure will help you. On second thoughts, we might just tag along…

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