Kolmanskop

Kolmanshop is a ghost town in the Namib Desert and during its heyday in the early 20th century was one of the richest towns in the world and had its own millionaire’s row.  Driven by enormous wealth of the first diamond miners, the residents built the village in the architectural style of a German town including a hospital, a ballroom, school, skittle alley, theatre and sports hall, casino, ice factory and the first X Ray station in the southern hemisphere as well as the first tram.  After World War 1, the town declined and was abandoned in 1954.  The forces of the Namib Desert mean that tourists now walk through some houses knee deep in sand. Guests do need permits to visit the town as due to its location within the Namib Desert.  Great settings for keen photographers.