Kolmanskop #2

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Don’t forget to bath, at the end of a hot day digging diamonds in the desert….Here’s one more image from Kolmanskop.

Which gives me an opportunity to explain, as I was asked to in response to my previous post, that the Sperrgebiet in Namibia is a forbidden area: the road to Luderitz passes through it, but you may not stop your car or get out, as there are diamonds scattered just below and even on the surface.

Well, there were, until most of them were mined out, which is why Kolmanskop is now deserted – but still it is possible to find the odd stone, and they don’t want you doing that, now do they?

 

Kolmanskop

In the Sperrgebiet, or ‘forbidden area’ outside of Luderitz lies the abandoned mining town of  Kolmanskop. You need a permit to visit, as Rob and I did on our 2006 Namibia trip in the Landy, but it’s worth it: here’s a small town, complete with bakery and shop and miners’ houses, slowly being infiltrated and swallowed by the desert. It’s one of those places that make you think  about human endeavour in a wider, more geological and philosophical perspective, and it makes for some good photos.

Here is a baker’s dozen.