KOLMANSKOP

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Some ghost towns re­main frozen in time. Some rot un­ap­peal­ingly. Kolmanskop, in Namibia, on the other hand, is be­ing spec­tac­u­larly con­sumed by desert dunes, one grain of sand at a time. Built as Con­sol­i­dated Di­a­mond Mines’ head­quar­ters in the early 1900s, it had a bowl­ing al­ley, the­atre and casino. How­ever, af­ter richer pick­ings were found at Oran­je­mund, Kolmanskop’s time was up – it was com­pletely aban­doned by 1956. Kolmanskop is a 15-minute drive from Lüderitz, just off the B4.

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