Kolmanskop Ghost Town Tours

Ghost Town Tours | Luderitz

Kolmanskop Ghost Town Tours

Ghost Town Tours | Luderitz

Ghost Town Tours to Kolmanskop Luderitz | Namibia

Kolmanskop Ghost Town Tours is located just outside of Luderitz in the south of Namibia. Kolmanskop Ghost Town Tours offer guided tours to a deserted former German colonial town that was once a hive of bustling activity and riches. Today Kolmanskop is deserted and has become a popular tourist attraction. Kolmanskop Ghost Town is situated about 10 km’s inland from Lüderitz. With the passing of many years and the harsh desert-like conditions and the constant wearing away from the ever-present sand, the town of Kolmanskop is a sad reminder of its former glory. Instead, it now offers a fascinating insight into the lives of its former inhabitants.  If your tour to Namibia includes this area then a visit to Kolmanskop is definitely worth it.

Kolmanskop Ghost Town Tours offers a guided tour into the history and the story of Kolmanskop which started in 1908. It all began with the discovery of a sparkling stone found amongst the sand near a railway line. A man by the name of August Stauch became convinced this stone was a diamond. The news spread rapidly, and this German town grew rather quickly. The new settlers built many new houses and soon a hospital, ballroom, power station, school and theatre followed.

This little town continued to prosper until the 1920s. After World War 1 Kolmanskop started fading. That was the year that diamond prices crashed and more importantly richer diamond deposits were discovered further south.  The residents abandoned Kolmanskop as a result and began to move to Oranjemund. After 40 years of Kolmanskop, it sadly became completely deserted and died out. Today it is Namibia’s most popular ghost town. De Beers restored several buildings in 1980 and established a museum, which is now a tourist attraction. Kolmanskop Ghost Town Tours was established to give visitors an insight into the former glory years of this now abandoned little town. There are no more diamonds to be found at Kolmanskop.

Kolmanskop Ghost Town Tours offer guided tours which provide insight into the history of the former mining town, the diamond industry back then and of today. At the museum, we have a restaurant with all sorts of food and drinks. For keen photographers a Kolmanskop photo permit is suggested (called the Early/Extended Entrance fee). This photo permit allows you to enter Kolmanskop before sunrise and stay all day if you require until just after sunset. The photography permit costs N$300 per person and includes the 9.30 tour. Secure parking is available for your rental car.

This tour is considered the most popular activity around Lüderitz and booking is advisable. Ghost Town Tours are popular with children.  Kolmanskop tickets can be bought at the Ghost Town and can also be bought in the town of Luderitz itself at Luderitz Safaris and Tours.

Kolmanskop Tour Times:

  • Monday to Saturday: 09:30 & 11:00
  • Sunday & Public Holiday: 10:00 (only one tour)
  • Ghost Town Tours are in German and English and last between 45 – 60 minutes
  • We can also arrange a visit and tour of Goerke House.


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