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a substantial diamond-mining town. It was named after an early Afrikaner trekker, Jani Kolman, whose ox-wagon became bogged in the sand here. It once boasted a casino, skittle alley and theatre with fine acoustics, but the slump in diamond sales after WWI and the discovery of richer deposits at Oranjemund ended its heyday. By 1956 it was deserted. Several buildings have been restored, but many have already been invaded by the dunes.

Kolmanskop tours (adult/child USS4/2; ® 9.30am & 10.45am Mon-Sat, 10am Sun) last 45 minutes; pick up a permit from the Liideritzbucht Tours & Safaris tourist office (see p380) at least 30 minutes prior to each tour. Participants must provide their own transport from town. After the tour, you can eat a light lunch in the Ball Hall restaurant.

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