The Bookkeeper's house, Kolmanskop, Namibia

Kolmanskop – The gallery

In Africa, En-Route, Galleries, Namibia, Our Journeys, Trip-Types, World Travel by GaryLeave a Comment

A real life ghost town for you to explore.

That’s right, Kolmanskop has a feel of the eerie about it, as a result you get a real sense of the life that once existed here.  It is the remains of a small mining town that fell into decline after World War I before being completely abandoned in 1954.  The Namib desert is slowly engulfing it.  Some buildings are kept intact and some have fell into ruin.

The bay at dusk,Lüderitz, Namibia

It’s located some 13 km or 8 miles outside Luderitz, so is around a 15 minute drive from the town.  

It sits in the protected ‘Sperrgebiet’ area, a diamond belt where there is a heavy fine or imprisonment if you stray from the road. However you can buy a permit at the town gate, and you are free to wander around exploring until your heart’s content.

It is also possible to book a guided tour that’s available in English or German. There are more details here.

So what’s in Kolmanskop?

It is absolutely amazing because the state of the buildings vary in their condition.  Some are almost engulfed by the sands yet others seem to offer a reasonable restoration project. You are free to walk around the town however you will need to exercise some caution and a little common sense. This is no theme park.

I hope the gallery gives the flavour of the town . It is just a collection of my shots from a morning visit to the town while we were staying at Lüderitz.

So to the gallery

The technical bits

The camera used of the entire Namibia trip was my trusty Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III.   For this shoot I limited myself to the EF24-70mm lens.  Whilst in Namibia I aimed to keep lens changes to a minimum. The risk of dust or sand contamination was extremely high.

As is often the case with my galleries there is a mixture of shots here. Some are blended, multi-exposure, HDR shots tomemapped with the aim of capturing the full dynamic range of the light.  Some are single-shot tonemapped.

As always, if a particular shot interests you or want to know more about my workflow just let me know.

Inspired to see Kolmanskop?

Ideally you’ll stay at Lüderitz to give you a full day at Kolmanskop.

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Have You?

Visited Kolmanskop? Or any other ‘ghost town’ where a whole settlement has been lost to the elements?

About the Author


Gary, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born and raised in London. An IT guy who likes to takes snaps. Along with Janis his partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, over a Sherry in Seville, they decided that enough was enough with suits. The decision was made to take their knowledge and experience to create a blog to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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