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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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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... read more

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

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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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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The tour, which is included in your entrance fee, was most informative and interesting. Would certainly recommend a visit to this tourist attraction if you are ever in Kimberley.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Yes, its a big hole. Not sure about the exhibits, i felt the place lacked energy, it felt really empty

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

It certainly lived up to its billing; it's a big hole, a very big hole. Photos don't do justice to the scale of what was largely dug by hand. I've read poor reviews about the viewing platform but I can't see what the problem is. The information centre was good, well laid out and interesting, all starting off with a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Socio political history and economics lesson well presented. The tour is long but the experience worthy. Unfortunately there weren't a lot of shops open as we went on a holiday.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

If your interest is Diamond Digging and the History that goes along with it this is the place to visit . As a South African I thought the R90,00 entrance fee would be appropriate for a guided tour but excessive if you are exploring on your own. I feel that the Old Town Section really needs more information posted about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Slick and modern new visitors' centre with great viewing platform and underground experience. Great exhibition and fascinating displays. The old town part was more disappointing as most of the shops were closed with precious little information on the displays and no guides to help with questions. I also can't quite understand why a world heritage site like this should be... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I was in Kimberley on business, so I thought I'd check out the big hole. I was expecting it to be something one would walk/drive past, but it turned out to be a genuine tourist attraction with a themed village surrounding it to resemble the late 1800's/early 1900's when it was in use. I was really impressed by the history... More 

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