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The Big Hole Kimberley

Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
+27(0)53 839 4600
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Kimberley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Mines
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Zanzibar, Tanzania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Was last here 23 years ago and yes, it has changed a huge amount. far more visitor friendly with gift shops and snack shops and the like..and the dreaded tourist photographers too alas. Museum much updated and improved upon and vault with real diamonds to look at. despite that, the run down outer area of the museum, (the old town)... More

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. Much interesting information, nicely presented, on South Africa's diamond industry and how it all started, with some well preserved buildings etc from those days. We particularly liked the gem exhibition. They also serve excellent coffee.

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Very interesting place to visit. Explained the history of how Kimberley started in an interesting way.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

A very good way to spend a couple of hours in Kimberley. Interesting to go down a make believe mine shaft - very real feeling. A lot of old buildings and museums to visit and interesting history

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Gauteng
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My husband and I are not huge "big attraction" lovers, but we definitely enjoyed this exhibition. We found the layout, order and information very easy to manage, and condusive to taking it all in. The short video/movie on the history was well produced, and the diamond display good to see. A couple of shops inside offer some lovely merchandise. The... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

It is one of those things that you simply have to go and see when you're in the area. Since I was in Kimberley I went to see it. The size of this hole is quite something

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Friday the 29th of August 2014 at 1300 l toured the historical Big Hole with my wife Millicent and sons Ronald 9 and Ryan 4 who had come from Zimbabwe. Since it was a windy day and cold we braved ourselves and walked on the bridge alleyways towards the Big Hole and the bridge was a bit shaky since it... More

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Durban, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

A wasted chance to do a great job to tell visitors the fascinating story of the greatest diamond rush the world has seen and also how this gave birth to apartheid. The movie is pretty insipid, the historic exhibitions gloss over the history of how the world's diamond industry ended up in the hands of one family and the guide... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A well put together tourist attraction which is informative. The hole must be seen first hand as it is almost unbelievable. Lots of interesting facts and history.

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Sequim, WA
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90 reviews 90 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We truly enjoyed learning about the Big Hole and its history. There were six of us; even though we did not arrive "on the hour", a guide immediately took us to see the film, the view point where you can see the bottom of the Big Hole, the underground mining experience, and of course the diamonds. First rate! The free... More

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