This website uses cookies to access various functions, personalize its advertising, and analyze traffic. Use of this website implies agreement with our use of cookies. More information  OK

What's new?

Sergio Pessolano

Free Member, Roma


Kolmanskop, Namibia

Kolmanskop (Afrikaans for Coleman's hill, German: Kolmannskuppe) is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was a small mining village and is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NamDeb (Namibia-De Beers).
It developed after the discovery of diamonds in the area in 1908, to provide shelter for workers from the harsh environment of the Namib Desert. The name originates from a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who during a sand storm abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement.
Driven by the enormous wealth of the first diamond miners the village was built like a German town, with facilities like a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theater and sport-hall, casino, ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere as well as the first tram in Africa. It had a railway link to Lüderitz.
The town declined after World War I as diamond prices crashed, and operations moved to Oranjemund. It was abandoned in 1956 but has since been partly restored. The geological forces of the desert mean that tourists can now walk through houses knee-deep in sand. Kolmanskop is popular with photographers for its scenic settings of the desert sands reclaiming this once thriving town. Due to its location within the restricted area (Sperrgebiet) of the Namib desert, a permit is necessary to enter the town.

Comments 21

  • Armin Leitner 08/29/2012 0:31

    No words left for this excellent presentation.
    Well done ! As usual, by the way.
  • Brian Collins 01/27/2010 11:49

    amazing!!!has it all.
  • Florian Clarén 01/12/2010 21:19

    excellent work, I love this pic..!!

    + PRO +

  • Comy 11/15/2009 7:06

  • mike snead 11/05/2009 4:46

    dynamic composition.

  • Regina Bliem 10/25/2009 19:15

    wow great ! my husband spent 2 weeks at namibia and was at this kolmannskuppe - but of course the restaurated and normal GERMAN buildings .
    so I never thoght it could look so adventurefully romantic like this pic shows !

  • decay 10/22/2009 12:41

    Schön gemacht, ich finde
    das ist Dir ganz toll gelungen!
    Sehr schöne Aufnahme, der
    Schnitt gefällt mir hier sehr

    lg dennis
  • Claire Laira 10/22/2009 11:53

    Superb...and the colours are fabulous!
  • Flighty Furrow 10/21/2009 18:33

    Perfect the stark contrast of the dark inside and the lovely blue outside in-between the two that broken window half opened!
  • S.Savides 10/21/2009 12:23

    Great composition!
  • Elke Michalik 10/20/2009 8:24

    a dream
    greets elke
  • Dr. Scheimplug 10/19/2009 20:07

    Toller Bildaufbau und Farben; schön umgesetzt! +++
    Salute - Dr.
  • Alexandra Baltog 10/19/2009 16:24

  • Michael Grotkamp 10/19/2009 11:18

    Fantastic. And excellent builded format.
  • Tullio Corradini 10/19/2009 7:05

    grandissima composizione !
    Bravo Sergio
  • Adele Oliver 10/19/2009 2:47

    cheers, Adele
  • Francesco Torrisi 10/18/2009 22:56

    Splendida !
  • Valfoto 10/18/2009 22:54

    Great picture
  • manlio agrifoglio 10/18/2009 21:48

  • wovo 10/18/2009 21:44

    + + +
  • Etienne Go 10/18/2009 20:11

    Fantastic! I really like this series you took!