Kolmanskop (it means Kolman's Hill) was where a man named Coleman/Kolman had to stop as his wagon was broken down in a sandstorm and was covered in sand here. So this is where they set up the company headquarters for mining diamonds. Actually, they just put contract workers on their bellies and crawled across the sands, picking up diamonds as they went! In the mid-1950's, people realized that there were bigger and more diamonds down near the Orange River and they abandoned this town and set up down there in a new purpose-made town of Oranjemund.
The town had these indoor 'bowling' lanes. They are more like skittles, with the wooden ball that isn't really round. But it did get sent back to you once you rolled it down the lane.
The sand is trying to get in the window and blows through the cracks to sit on the sill.
A wooden door has been left to lie on the floor in one of the homes,
An old stove now used as a planter.