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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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Well worth spending time at the Big Hole

If you pass through Kimberley, take a few hours off to wander around the mining town as well as paying a small entrance fee to watch the video and have a guided tour to see the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

If you pass through Kimberley, take a few hours off to wander around the mining town as well as paying a small entrance fee to watch the video and have a guided tour to see the Hole and an example of the 'working' mine below. Part of our history and highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We have been told that we needed to visit Kimberley and "The Big Hole". We have visited the Diamond Museum in Cape Town so I was not sure what additional information I would receive. It is a completely different informational experience. It is very well worth the time. The interactive tour was interesting but the highlight for us was the... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Bit fake and more reliant on video presentation than anything else to inform visitors. "Underground" walk through would have been more impressive in a smaller group of around 10 people

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

thoroughly enjoyed the day and the tour guide Chris was very informative. The Occidental restaurant besy service

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Throw all your expectations away, as this place is beyond imagination. As you enter this magical space, you feel like you have been transported to the days of the Diamond Rush and simpler times. The working tram trip is a must and well worth the small fee per person. As you walk the small museum town, you can almost feel... More 

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Gaborone, Botswana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

We did a tour of the Big Hole and enjoyed every minute of it. Very informative and educational for the entire family Good history of South African mining. Well worth the visit. Ben and family Mission, Botswana

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

the only thing I knew Kimberley for was mining and the Big Hole, so this last weekend I had the opportunity to visit it, and was not disappointed at all. From watching the movie outlining the whole history, to experiencing the history through the exhibitions and old memorabilia to walking out over the Big Hole itself, all I can say... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This place is simply breathtaking ! Aside from the people around who have been so kindly enough to tour you around, a well informed historical maps and info are all well available all around the corner. Souvenir shops are amazing. Variety of authentic and local goodies can be found. and of course, who would've forgot to buy a Diamond in... More 

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

We loved our visit to the big hole. I suppose if you are cynical it looks like a flooded quarry, but the historical importance of this mine can not be ignored. The museum is very informative. The highlight of the trip was a ride on the Tram.... R10 a person but enormous fun to ride on such an old electric... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The only challenge that we had was finding the Big Hole. GPS didn't assist much. Apparently, for some bizarre reason the local Kimberley City Council won't allow signage to be erected!!! That was a world first if ever there was one. We loved seeing the equipment that was used for the diamond mining as well as the replicas of the... More 

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