Diamonds are not forever
In the Deep South of Namibia, the little town of Oranjemund is located right at the ocean and on the banks of the Orange River. Even though it was founded in 1928, it was only opened to the public late 2017. For most of its lifetime, Oranjemund was located in the middle of an exclusive diamond mining area: the far stretching Sperrgebiet. Although mining was only done in a very small area, the rest was acting as a buffer zone, designed to keep away smugglers. Until last year, when it was decided that the economic viability of mining operations had significantly decreased, to a point where the risk of diamond theft could be easily controlled. Slowly Oranjemund is turning into a tourism destination.
Iconically, the first house that was built in town, the house of the mine manager, now houses an association that focusses on the development of tourism. The potential is there: not only the town has a lot of history to show, also the surrounding nature, now part of the Tsau //Khaeb National Park, offers beautiful flora and fauna, and of course views over river and ocean.