Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz: Hours, Address, Kolmanskop Ghost Town Reviews: 4.5/5

Kolmanskop Ghost Town
4.5
Historic Sites • Ghost Towns
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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SAtraveller99
Ladysmith, South Africa67 contributions
Very interesting
May 2021
What a fascinating place - we were there on a public holiday so the guided tour was a 10am. Very interesting guide and the history is amazing. The buildings are so well preserved but not overdone - so walking inside and seeing the sand coming through the windows helps one realise how desolate and forsaken is really was. I though it was worth the visit!
Written 8 June 2021
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Dawn v
George, South Africa94 contributions
Excellent tour and amazing historical site
May 2021
Had a lovely experience - great tour guide and very informative - I was amazed at the site and the stories portrayed the days gone by. Highly recommend.
Written 18 May 2021
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SouthAfricawithlove
South Africa1,748 contributions
Must see ghost town.
May 2021 • Couples
Although this is absolutely a must see place, the service was poor. They not really very interested in tourists. The map provided was extremely poor. Not nearly enough information. Kolmanskop museum must realize, we are tourists and not familiar with the area or history of this ghost town. We couldn't take the tour because of a time limit we had. We felt completely lost. We walked through the houses with minimal information. Improve the information given to tourists that want to do walk the place on their own.
Written 1 May 2021
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Andrewschoeman
Skukuza, South Africa751 contributions
Great Photography
Feb 2021
I spent a morning at Kolmanskop photographing the old houses filled with desert sand, it really is a nice outing for photographers and fun to do for a morning or afternoon, my wife went on the tour and found it really interesting to hear about the old miners and how they lived and did things, there is also a small coffee shop so for me it is well worth a visit when in Luderitz.
Written 22 March 2021
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Nikki S
Windhoek, Namibia6 contributions
Wonderful
Dec 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed this much. I was sad when we were done because I wanted more. We took so many pictures. I would recommend as a must see
Written 26 December 2020
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suzan142
Amsterdam, The Netherlands7 contributions
Missed black narrative
Nov 2020 • Couples
The visit of Kolmanskop is interesting. Visually (to see the former city to be taken by the sand) & the history (old diamant city emerging from nowhere). The guide explained everything well. For this I recommend the visit and would I have starred 5 points.

Feedback to the content of the tour: only the white narrative was unfortunately told (below some examples). I would strongly recommend the organisation to take a look at this. Its important that all narratives are told, even when they feel uncomfortable. This is also happening luckily more and more in European museums.

Ex1: the guide states proudly that the build of the railway was done under 1 year, which under the extreme weather conditions is indeed amazing (missing the information that around 1400 black people (forced to work) died building the railway).
Ex2: the whole tour was about where the around 350 white labourers lives & worked. The guide mentioned in one sentence that there were also around 800 black workers. When asked where they lived this was unclear.
Ex3: all the information panels (around 20) in the room say nothing about the role from (forced) black labour. In the whole tour nothing was mentioned about the black narrative only the phrase that there were 800 black workers.
Written 21 November 2020
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Erwin
Antwerp, Belgium3,068 contributions
Amazing!!
Nov 2019
This ghost town is located +/- 10 km from coastal town Lüderitz. And located in sperrgebiet ‘forbidden – zone’
The town was created after the discovering of some special stones which where diamonds. Kolmanskop became a diamond hotspot. The habitants had a pub, a butcher, a baker, a post office, ice factory and a full worthy hospital. The maximum population the community reached was 1,300.
Five million karats of diamonds were extracted in the first six years of mining
In the early ‘30s the area started to decline
The last three families left in 1956.
In 2002 it became a tourist attraction

Daily guided tours: 9.30 and 11.00 am - Sunday: 10.00am (in English and German)
Only open AM
Entrance fee:N$75/pax
Parking available
Written 24 October 2020
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Lee T
Windhoek, Namibia8 contributions
Fascinating and Magical
Jul 2020
Fascinating and phenomenal! We did a day trip on the 18th July to Kolmanskop. WE managed to get in for a 9:30 tour with William! What a happy occurrence. Not only is Kolmanskop interesting and filled with history, but it is brought to life by William. William's knowledge and his way of sharing that knowledge are remarkable. He imparts the stories and the history in such way that it comes to life as you amble through sandy streets and eerily empty houses. Doors and empty window frames gently flap in the breeze, clanging occasionally, while the sand blows up in swirls around your feet. What an absolute piece of history, and a beautiful spot. Lots of sand, perfect for kiddos to run around in, and to squish your toes into!
Written 21 July 2020
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ladyj_sa
Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa43 contributions
Once in a lifetime!
Dec 2019
Definitely a bucket list item that has been ticked, have wanted to go here as long as I can remember and it was everything I expected and more.

Started with the tour which was very information, fantastic guide. Then spent a good few hours traipsing in and out of all the buildings. (My favourite of which was the school.)

Best advice is to go as early as possible and if you go to Luderitz specifically to come here, give yourself at least two full days in case you aren't able to get in on the first day (lots of dependencies here including the wind!). A hat, good walking shoes, sun cream and lots of water is highly recommended. The 'town' is much larger than what you expect.

If you are thinking of doing a trip to visit Kolmanskop, don't hesitate!
Written 22 June 2020
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Pieter B
Swakopmund, Namibia166 contributions
Weekend Away
Jun 2020 • Family
Namibian Ghost town with rich history.
Really a must visit if you have some time available in Luderitz.
Get William the tour guide to show you around.
He is well informed with a fountain of knowledge to share.
Kolmanskop allow for incredible photo shoots.
Written 13 June 2020
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