Kolmanskop: An Audio Tour of Namibia’s Ghost Town

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Relive the grit and determination it took to thrive in this desert mining town. Explore the abandoned town of Kolmanskop, experiencing the magic of GPS playback on this immersive stroll.

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  • Hear about the diamond rush in Namibia & how it left this little town deserted
  • Walk through the windswept houses of Kolmanskuppe to relive the past
  • Get unlimited use of the tour before your booking date and after it


If Namibia’s diamond history is a story of desert gems, then the abandoned town of Kolmanskop is the origin of the tale. On this Kolmanskop tour, you‘ll explore the town that was inhabited for less than 50 years, from when the first diamond was found in the area until the last families moved away, leaving it completely to the elements. Starting at the Entertainment Hall, you‘ll find out how miners thrived in the severe, harsh, desert landscape, and hear the rich history of these pristine diamonds’ discovery and extraction. You’ll learn what it took to make life habitable for miners and their families, including how they sourced drinking water and stored food. You‘ll see where these new arrivals lived, the architect‘s and the doctors‘ homes, and the former hospital building. You‘ll be amazed at how much activity there was in such a small town, within the short time from when mining took off until the unexpected surprise of mineral depletion. You’ll also get a sense of how deeply intertwined this industry was with its geography, and what conditions ended up carrying these stones all the way here from the mighty Orange River. On this tour of Namibia’s Ghost Town, you‘ll: • See where opera singers and gymnasts from Europe performed in the town • Take in Millionaire‘s Avenue where the mine director, the accountant, the architect, and the schoolmaster lived in impressive houses • Hear how fresh drinking water was brought into the small town • Pop into the town‘s Casino building, which had its own bowling alley • Find out why a doctor ordered a wine cellar to be constructed under the hospital building By the end of this 40-minute tour, you‘ll have a deeper appreciation for the sheer grit and endurance it took to build one of the most advanced and sophisticated towns for its time in all of the African continent. Please Note: Do not buy this tour yet if you intend to visit Kolmanskuppe in person. You can get a free voucher with your entrance pass to download the tour at the starting location! Visitor’s entrance passes are sold online or at the gate. See our website for all the info by following this link www.kolmanskuppe.com.


Lifetime access to this tour in English VoiceMap app for Android and iOS Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata

Important Information

  • You need to install the VoiceMap smartphone app.
  • You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date. It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point.
  • This tour follows a set route and includes turn-by-turn directions. It works best if you start it in the right place and follow the directions from one location to the next.
  • When the download completes, you’ll see a screen with a photo of the starting point and directions to it. The red start button will become active when you are at the starting point.
  • This tour is only available in English.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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