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The Big Hole Kimberley

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Address: Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
Phone Number: +27(0)53 839 4600
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Kimberley Big Hole Tour

Everything well done, interesting and well worth the tour. The upgrade around the Big Hole is very good, and good to see that our heritage in South Africa is being preserved.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

If you want to know the history of South Africa, you have to go here. The Big Hole itself is fascinating, the museum tells the diamond story that can't be told anywhere else in the world, and the recreation of a mine experience is great fun. Leave yourself some time to do everything here. Don't rush. And the bar/restaurant in... More 

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Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Everything well done, interesting and well worth the tour. The upgrade around the Big Hole is very good, and good to see that our heritage in South Africa is being preserved.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is definitely the attraction to see in Kimberley. The guided tour is a must! Very informative. The old town museum at the big hole was also nice to see.

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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

With the benefit of a guide, this is much more than a big hole! The history makes the hole come to life, and makes you understand how and why it came about, the underground part of the museum further enhances the experience

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Kimberley, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Big hole is one to know about in history. Its amazing what a human being can do. The thought of seeing that big hole and to know it was dug by human hands, its just amazing.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The tour was both an informative and pleasant experience. Walking through the old mining town after the big hole tour was very relaxing and interesting.

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MOSSEL BAY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A visit to the open air museum is a must. Time and trouble has been taken to recreate the atmosphere of time gone by. Don't forget to go into the underground area at the Big Hole and beware of the explosions!! Although we didn't eat at the saloon / bar, the food looked good and the prices average.

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Kimberley, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

One exotic place to see with a daring adventure and history of diamond from digging to a nice cut and polished piece of jewelry to melt your heart. Hospitality facilities right next to the big hole and also Mieta Seperepere convention center close nearby. Opportunity to enter rough diamond search competition.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very interesting. The Big Hole is amazing. We enjoyed walking through history at the museum. One interesting fact: In 1882 Kimberley became the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to install electric street lighting. The electric lights of Kimberley came on before those of London.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

this museum site was better than expected - well curated and maintained. The staff were not overly friendly but no off-putting. The entry fee is a steep for South Africans - tourists are in for a treat at a low cost. The diamond exhibit indoors is worth some time - a good summary of the history of diamonds and some... More 

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