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Explore the abandoned desert town once home to the super-rich

Love Exploring Logo By Daniel Coughlin of Love Exploring | Slide 1 of 28: The long-forsaken mining settlement of Kolmanskop produced 11.7% of the world's diamonds in its heyday and was among the richest communities in the world, boasting everything from fine mansions to a hospital, an entertainment and leisure complex, an ice factory and even the first X-ray machine in the southern hemisphere. Click or scroll through to explore this eerie ghost town in the Namib Desert and discover how it succumbed to the sands of time...

How a once-booming town was consumed by the dunes

The long-forsaken mining settlement of Kolmanskop produced 11.7% of the world's diamonds in its heyday and was among the richest communities in the world, boasting everything from fine mansions to a hospital, an entertainment and leisure complex, an ice factory and even the first X-ray machine in the southern hemisphere. Click or scroll through to explore this eerie ghost town in the Namib Desert and discover how it succumbed to the sands of time...
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