Kolmanskop or Kolmanskuppe is a ghost town in the Namib Desert not far from the small port of Lüderitz. Namibia's first diamonds were discovered here in 1909.
In its day Kolmanskop was a very rich little town boasting a skittle alley, theater, casino, ice factory, Africa’s first tram and the first X-ray station in the southern hemisphere. After the diamond field became exhausted, the town was abandoned in 1954. The desert has since taken over, offering visitors a knee-deep exploration in the sand.
Today, Kolmanskop is popular with photographers for the surreal juxtaposition of 19th Century German buildings disappearing into the desert landscape. Due to its location within the restricted Sperrgebiet, tourists need a permit to enter the town. Daily tours for guests leave from Luderitz Nest Hotel – pre-booking is necessary.
Hop aboard for a trip starting at Luderitz harbour, passing the old whaling station at Stormvogel Bucht, and on to Shearwater and Guano Bay. This is something not to be missed.
Encounter marine wildlife during the cruise, which is likely to include dolphins, penguins, and whales. You'll also be treated to views of Diaz Point, the lighthouse, and the Cape fur seal colony. The minimum groups size is 6, with a maximum of 20 passengers. Tours are weather permitting.
Come and enjoy a cruise on the spacious Zeepaard catamaran, just off the coast from Luderitz.
Depending on your requirements, different tours can be arranged. The Halifax trip includes an ocean safari, providing you a chance to spot some excellent local marine wildlife, including penguins, dolphins, seals and even whales. If you're more into relaxing, then book a sunset cruise, complemented by oysters and champagne. Fishing trips can also be arranged.
Departures occur at the waterfront dock. Be sure to book way in advance to avoid disappointment.
Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Fish River Canyon Park (78.4 km from South Namibia)
The Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail is a tough challenge, one that draws seasoned hikers and trail runners from around the globe.
The Fish River snakes through this vast canyon and rugged terrain, and hikers follow the river for 5 days, covering a distance of 88 km on reaching Ais Ais. There are no facilities and hikers need to be completely self-sufficient.
Duration: 5 days
Distance: 72 km
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