Kolmanskop

 Posted by Elizabeth at 4:40 pm
Apr 192011
 

Quiver Tree Forest, KeetmanshoopWe left the Ai-Ais National Park and headed towards Keetmanshoop through pretty flat desert plains not seeing much except for some Springboks, ostriches and a huge goanna. We dropped in to see the Quiver Tree Forest and the Giant’s Playground. The forest is supposed to be the largest group of quiver trees in southern Africa. They are unusual trees but I don’t think it is worth the entrance fee, especially when you drive up the road a little further and you can see them anyway for free! The Giant’s Playground is an unusual collection of groups of rocks that look like a giant’s playing blocks piled up around the place. Again it is unusual but not worth the fee.

We camped last night and tonight at Klein-Aus Vista Camp at Aus. Another pleasant camp,although no grass this time, but still we have hot showers.Kolmanskop

Today we took a tour around the old ghost town of Kolmanskop. It was a significant diamond mining town in the early 1900s and had everything there you could ask for, even electricity when nowhere else had it. They had a large hospital, butchery, bakery, shop, ice making facilities, a huge concert hall and a school as well as all the mining buildings. The town was abandoned and is being overtaken by the shifting sand dunes. Some buildings are completely full of sand, others are partially filled. It was an extremely interesting tour and place to visit and would definitely recommend it.

Hospital, KolmanskopHospital, KolmanskopDoctor's house, KolmanskopQuarter Master's house, Kolmanskop

The area around here for hundreds of kilometres is still a restricted diamond mining area. Even today they are mining diamonds – 1.6 million carats up to the third quarter last year alone. When they first arrived you could literally pick them up by the loads straight from the ground. That would have been some find!

New posts and pictures added

 Posted by Elizabeth at 3:05 pm
Apr 192011
 

We finally managed to find some internet (slow as it is) so I have updated our posts and added some pictures to the older ones. I also posted the post for Lesotho which I forgot to do the last time.

Still having an excellent time, not missing work at all! Missing everyone though.

We are currently in Luderitz, Namibia about to head off to Sesriem, but will add a blog later.

Please keep the comments and emails coming, it makes our day to read them when we finally get internet access. (Wayne says Larry has to keep off the red wine, but I think it makes them funnier!)

Love to all – Elizabeth and Wayne.

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