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Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Luderitz, Namibia
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Luderitz
Type: Ghost Towns, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Luderitz is a very windy town right on the coast. It's the base town for many of the 4x4 trips that go into the dunes areas, and it has a few nice... more »
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Kigali, Rwanda
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Very interesting to get the historical context, very good guides and excellent cafe and curio shop. just remember to get there for 9.30!!

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Kolmannskuppe was our main reason to head down to Luederitz. The Ghost Town is well known. Guided tours were available at 9am and 11am and we joined one of these. Our guide, Chris, was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and passionate. To demonstrate the great acoustics in the old 'gym', he performed an Afrikaans song on an old piano and... More

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Very interesting place to visit, lots of history, hope it always remains a tourist attraction. Definitely worth a visit. Just wondered if anyone knows what the book on Ghost Town is called. Jill de Klerk

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50 reviews 50 reviews
42 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I was here in the summer and the heat was killer. So best go as early as possible in the morning. So many weird and wonderful photo opportunities. This the best thing to do in Luderitz:)

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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75 reviews 75 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Nice place to visit for half a morning. Interesting stories about the rise and decline of diamond-industry here.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

You can buy the permit at the gate or in town. There is a nice gift shop inside next to the coffee shop, they make the best pancakes. Be wise on the shoes you ware, the sand is hot and closed shoes fill with sand but you have to be careful of the scorpians and snakes.

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Simon's Town, South Africa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We missed both the morning tours - book it beforehand at the Tourist Information in Bismarck Street, next tot he Standard Bank. However, the host in the diamond room was very helpful and pointed us in the right direction. The information and history is fascinating and the ruined houses being taken over by desert sand very photogenic. Just a few... More

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Mazarron, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Well if you go to Luderitz you really must visit Kolmanskop wether you go on your own or pay a small amount for a guided tour. Its an atmospheric place and the tour gives an insight into the diamond mining that initiated the setting up of the town

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Constantia, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

This place is unique and has the most haunting atmosphere. It was incredible to explore the abandoned buildings and get a glimpse into a forgotten time.

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cape town
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

If you want to see the life cycle of diamond exploration, this is the reference. Boom to bust in 50 years. You often hear about host towns but don't see the dynamics in real life. Shame that the history focuses on the 200 or so white people who lived in the town proper but forgets the 800 black people who... More

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