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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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Famous historical site captures the essence of Kimberley's story

Everyone has heard of Kimberley's famous big hole, what's left of the blue kimberlite pipe that held so many of the diamonds. What they possibly don't realise is that the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Everyone has heard of Kimberley's famous big hole, what's left of the blue kimberlite pipe that held so many of the diamonds. What they possibly don't realise is that the authorities have erected a splendid museum and visitors centre which tells the whole story. I have visited the Big Hole a few times over the years and the visitor's centre... More 

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Nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

The quality of the tour at the Big Hole is exceptional - history has been excellent preserved and demonstrated here. The view of the big hole is special, and you will learn a huge amount from the underground tour. Give yourself a few hours to experience this attraction properly.

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Kimberley, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If you go to the Open Mine Museum, make very sure you avoid the Kimberley CBD. My daughter was mugged by 5 knife wielding men, who stole her money and cellphone, outside the Home Affairs Offices. The police did not even answer their telephone so it would be a waste of time reporting this incident to them

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

There is so much history to this place ,i never realized that the big hole is actually a volcano ,was speaking to a geologist about the history of the big hole ,would recommend it to any tourist coming to Kimberley ,and to do the whole tour not just the bridge lots of history to learn,,they got a few shops inside... More 

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south africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This one hour tour was informative, interesting & gets you quite close to the 'big hole'. It does seem expensive at R 90 p.person but is worth it if this is your only opportunity. There is a section where you get to see uncut &'cut diamonds as well as replicas of famous diamonds plus their history.

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Pretoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Cheap entrance for young and old, very neat and everything well maintained, very observable point overlooking the Big Hole, Parking safe, very learnable papers available and restplaces after walking to much.

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Merthyr Tydfil County, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Amazing sight of struggle and history dug without any machinery ! Aw inspiring !this brought a time in history back to me and smacked me in the face .

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Was looking forward to seeing this and it did not disappoint. The whole experience was great and enjoyable. You not only see the "Big Hole" but also get to see a town that was how it was back in the old days which I did not know was there - we had a fantastic 3 hours or so here and... More 

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Pretoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Brief visit as it was very hot - wouldn't have liked to work it, in that heat. Didn't go on a tour as it was close to hotel. I think it should celebrate all those people who worked so hard, yet part of me feels celebrating the destruction of the planet may be wrong.

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Kimberley, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

One has to see Kimberley's Big Hole, its depth, its size, to appreciate what it must have meant for those intrepid miners, so long ago, digging by hand, to recover those beautiful gems. In the heat of summer, in the dry and dusty Northern Cape, knowing that, after the sight-seeing, one will return to one's air conditioned accommodation, and a... More 

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