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Is there a Ghost Town in South Africa?

America's got a few, even The Namib Desert has a ghost town at Kolmanskop, just outside Lüderitz. Is there something similar in South Africa? Where is the most remote/abandoned area in SA? 67 mths ago

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You mean a real one or man-made one? I suppose all are technically man-made, but in any case there's one in Kimberly that I've been to, it is a ghost town / museum of the mining town during the diamond boom in kimberly. Its great, you should see it. Much better than a normal museum.

67 mths ago

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Yes! (or there used to be, it might be inhabited by now) When you drive to Molteno from Graaff-Reinet's direction, roundabout at a turnoff to Hofmeyr and close to that huge dam (can't remember the name, I wan't to say it has something to do with a bear), there used to be a ghost town. Haven't been in that direction since 1995, so I'm not sure what it looks like these days.

Source: faded memories

67 mths ago

I know the Tourism info in Stellenbosch has ghost tours in Stellenbosch every second or third week...

67 mths ago

Leydsdorp , Schoemansdal , Eureka City atop a hill near Barberton , Jamestown near Barberton , Steynsdorp in the Uhmlondosi valley on the Swaziland border.

Source: http://www1.southafrica.net/Cultures/sv-SE/consumer.southafrica.net/Things+to+Do/Activities/Spiritua

67 mths ago

Eureka City This was followed by finds to the south, with the accompanying establishment of raucous settlements. Among the wildest was Eureka City atop a hill near Barberton, which began when Durban businessman J Sherwood opened the Queen of Sheba Hotel named in honour of his famously ugly wife who was jokingly compared to the impossibly beautiful monarch of legend. Soon there was a racetrack and innumerable saloons that radiated light, music and gunshots by night. Most popular was the Red Light Canteen where Cockney Liz was auctioned every Saturday night. And ‘gold fever’ was even more evident at Jamestown near Barberton and Steynsdorp in the Umhlondosi valley on the Swaziland border. But the end came quickly, and by 1887 the prospectors had left for the new finds on the Witwatersrand to the west and the Murchison Range to the north. Leydsdorp In 1886 Auguste Robert, known as French Bob, found a rich seam in the Murchison Range round Schoemansdal was a renegade town present day Gravelotte. These diggings came to be known as the Selati Gold Fields and a new rush started for French Bob’s Camp, which was changed to Leydsdorp in 1890 after Transvaal state secretary WJ Leyds. Here the excesses of the other mining towns were magnified as canteens, bars and hotels sprang up overnight. And the swindling was so bad that a new saying emerged: ‘You get a liar, a damn liar, and a prospector of the Murchison Range.’ As the gold petered out so Leydsdorp died and by 1924 it too was a ghost town. Now the busiest part is the well-populated graveyard which is said to come alive at night.

Source: http://www1.southafrica.net/Cultures/en-ZA/consumer.southafrica.net/Things+to+Do/Activities/Spiritua

67 mths ago

Uniondale has its own ghost

67 mths ago

yes, Hlobane near Vryheid in Natal.

67 mths ago

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