Bogenfels

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Close up aerial photograph of Bogenfels
Approaching Bogenfels on foot

Bogenfels is a location in the coastal Namib Desert of Namibia, noted for its natural rock formations (hence the name, which means "arch rock" in German).[1] The main formation is a 55-metre (180 ft) high rock arch close to the coast, it is not easily accessible, due to the terrain and its location within a restricted diamond-mining area Sperrgebiet, at 27° 28'S, about 95 kilometres (59 mi) south of Lüderitz and 32 kilometres (20 mi) south of Pomona but there are official guided tours.

Geology[edit]

With its highest point at 55 metres (180 ft) above sea level, the formation is a mix of hard dolomite and soft shale.

Town[edit]

A settlement developed in the area after diamonds were discovered. In 1950, it was evacuated and has remained a ghost town since. A narrow-gauge railway line once ran to Kolmanskop.

Philately[edit]

From 1931 to 1996, South West Africa and later Namibia issued postage stamps depicting the Bogenfels.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cassidy, Joseph. Place Names of Namibia: A Historical Dictionary. Macmillan Education Namibia Publishers (Pty) Ltd. p. 1. ISBN 978-99916-0-654-5.

Coordinates: 27°27′38″S 15°23′31″E / 27.46056°S 15.39194°E / -27.46056; 15.39194