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March 16 – LÜDERITZ, NAMIBIA

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After leaving South Africa we came to this small port town in Southern Namibia.

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The town was founded by Germans in 1883 and became very wealthy due to fishing, whale and seal hunting, guano harvesting and eventually diamond mining.

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We drove into the Namib Desert to see a “Ghost Town”.

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The discovery of diamonds in 1908 caused a “Diamond Rush” and an extravagant village arose providing homes and many amenities for the miners.

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Those Germans, they even had a bowling alley!

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Cooking for a crowd

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Within forty years, this town in the desert flourished and then disappeared when diamonds were discovered elsewhere.

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Posted by Swenigale 03:24 Archived in Namibia

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