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    Default Elizabeth Bay "Ghost" Town Visit

    Elizabeth Bay is somewhat overshadowed by Kolmanskop, but if you are looking for a real abandoned "ghost" town experience I can well recommend it. It's more of an industrial decay kind of vibe, and there are no facilities at all for tourists. Being in a working diamond mine you can't self drive, it's necessary to go with a guide who will arrange all the necessary permits etc. I paid N$900 per person for a half day trip, and for me it was money well spent. Here's the video if anybody is interested:

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    I enjoyed the video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    I enjoyed the video.
    I'm glad you enjoyed it Jors, and thanks also for the comment on YouTube.
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    Default Re: Elizabeth Bay "Ghost" Town Visit

    I enjoyed the video. N$900 is way to steep for me to look at ruins.



    But I will spend R900 to go out on a yacht for the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris G View Post
    I enjoyed the video. N$900 is way to steep for me to look at ruins.


    But I will spend R900 to go out on a yacht for the day.
    I hear you, but as a photographer and video maker it's a must visit, once in a lifetime kind of place
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    Default Re: Elizabeth Bay "Ghost" Town Visit

    Another one of the ghost towns that is worth an absolute visit is Pomona.

    At one stage the little railway line into this town was regarded as one of the most extensive in the world. The railway line ran to each house in the town and they used to deliver ice which came from Cape Town to Luderitz in cold ships.

    When we were there in 2006, one of the dunes "walking" through the town was just leaving a house behind that had been buried for several decades. The house appeared again from under the dune in a most remarkable state of repair.


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    Default Re: Elizabeth Bay "Ghost" Town Visit

    Quote Originally Posted by C Africa View Post
    Another one of the ghost towns that is worth an absolute visit is Pomona.

    At one stage the little railway line into this town was regarded as one of the most extensive in the world. The railway line ran to each house in the town and they used to deliver ice which came from Cape Town to Luderitz in cold ships.

    When we were there in 2006, one of the dunes "walking" through the town was just leaving a house behind that had been buried for several decades. The house appeared again from under the dune in a most remarkable state of repair.


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    Thanks for that suggestion, I haven't heard about Pomona, it's going to definitely be added to the bucket list for another trip, God willing.
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    Default Re: Elizabeth Bay "Ghost" Town Visit

    I don't know if the powerpoint show will load, it is a report of our trip at the time.

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    Default Re: Elizabeth Bay "Ghost" Town Visit

    Over the years and beginning some years ago, we have visited all three sites and enjoyed all three. The guided self-drive tour through Kolmanskop is very interesting but quite touristy as mentioned and not as raw.

    We have also visited both Elizabeth Bay and Pomona (with a visit to the amazing rock arch at Bogenfels), both with a guide, visitors permits and in the guide's vehicle. This is because they are still in the active diamond mining areas. We thought Pomona was slightly more interesting than Elizabeth Bay, but if you have any sort of interest visit all three.

    We used Coastaway Tours in Luderitz. A knowledgeable tour guide adds much interest. Ours was a retired diamond squad policeman who had great stories to add.
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    Default Re: Elizabeth Bay "Ghost" Town Visit

    Just a heads-up, reported elsewhere on Bogenfels.

    Coastway Tours, by the last week in August, had still not received their government approved concession to visit Bogenfels. They could only take you to Elizabeth Bay.

    I left my contact details with them at the time to let us know when they get the concession, but have not heard anything as yet.

    So just confirm that this is in place before you set off.
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