Monthly Archives: May 2012

Camping in Namibia – 1. Melrose

It took us some time to realize that in Namibia you should try camping. One thing I quickly realized was that we needed a lot of things… … and since this was only going to be camping for one night we … Continue reading

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Kolmanskop 13: The Shopping Street

So – the final post from Kolmanskop! We have seen the Kasino, all the houses, the hospital and the bar. Now let’s go to the shopping street – “Kolmanskuppe Ladenstrasse”. Here we find “the Old Shop”… …which is in a … Continue reading

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Kolmanskop 12: The Bar

So you build a small town in the desert and bring in 300 Germans. Of course you need a bar and the building above is supposed to have a past life as the Kolmanskop bar. Kolmanskop had its own ice … Continue reading

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Kolmanskop 11: The Hospital

Of course there had to be a hospital in a wealthy and organised town such as Kolmanskop. The picture above shows the first hospital in Kolmanskop. Some of the equipment used is shown in a small room in the “Old … Continue reading

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Kolmanskop 10: Doctor’s house

This is the entrance to the Doctor’s house. There were two resident doctors. One of them was Dr. Kraenzle. He had a strong belief in the use of a little wine or champagne to cure patients. Because of that the … Continue reading

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Kolmanskop 9: Single quarters

The next two houses after the quarter masters’s house are the two “single quarters”. This was the houses for the single German men. Looking at the houses from this side they seem quite all right. But on the other side … Continue reading

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Kolmanskop 8: Engineers house

This was the residence of the mining engineer Leonhard Kolle who stayed here with his family until 1935 when they moved to Oranjemund. A beautiful house with a huge veranda along the whole building. On the right hand side you … Continue reading

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Kolmanskop 7: Quartermasters house

Next to the small taechers house is the much larger quartermaster’s house that also had room for a post office.   Well used stairs with sand… …and nice carpentry… …brings you upstairs. Sunny wallpapers, or is it painted? A good … Continue reading

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Kolmanskop 6: Schoolmasters house

There were some 40 children in Kolmanskop. Of those 25-30 attended a school in Kolmanskop with classes up to grade 4. The picture above is from 1926. The teacher was Mrs Hussmann. She lived in a nice little house between … Continue reading

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Kolmanskop 5: Architects house

The architect, Herr Ziegler, was the person designing all the houses and this is the way he wanted his own residence. But the architect is no longer here so another guest moved in. Mr Sand and his family! There is … Continue reading

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