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... in the coffee shop, we joined the guided tour to fill our minds with the shiny history of the old diamond town. Today, Kolmanskop is a tourist stop that's only open from 8h-14h, but in its heyday (1908-1959), this was the place to be if you were looking for diamonds in the sand. The diamonds were originally formed under the ground in the South African Oranjemund, but the "lighter" ones got swept away by the river to journey across the border ...
... yummy cappucinos, it was only 7:30 in the morning. We learnt that shops are closed on Sundays and the world hadn't quite woken up yet, so we took our time walking over to the Old Town. As luck would have it, Frankfurt was hosting the Ironman European Championship that day and most of the activity was going to happen in Old Town. It was a hot day (felt like 30 Celsius), and we took a river boat tour, snapped some pictures, and then claimed some green space ...
... door that was built in 1911 and has lots of stained glass
windows that were bestowed by the German Emperor and other
aristocracy. We then went to the tourist office and got a permit to
enter the Restricted area to see a ghost town tomorrow. From here we
went to Sharks Island where we parked surrounded by sea, rocks and
fishing trawlers. It is a lovely setting, very tranquil.
Today we went to Kolmanskop a diamond ghost town that dates back to 1908 to
... a small Spar supermarket which is probably the only good thing here. The wine is cheap, less than £2 per bottle and it's nice but that's about it. There's supposed to be a lot of wildlife but it's too hot to hang around waiting. We could so have missed this port out. It seems we aren't the only passengers to think this port could have been missed out, in fact a lot of ...
We knew we had arrived at the anchorage at Luderitz when we heard the anchor drop at about 6am. An announcement was made at 6.30 for the first fifty passengers to see the local immigration officials who were on board so clearly the ship intended to stay for the day as scheduled. Whatever the problems were had been resolved. I hope we hear more in the days to come. At this stage there were four officials. Over breakfast we had talked to a South African /British couple who ...