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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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Welkom, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

nice profesional tour very interesting did not know that the history was so involved . the staff very helpfull enjoyed it all

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Corby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Last visit to the Big Hole was 1995 Wow what a difference everything has been upgraded well worth the drive to visit

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Centurion, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We have driven past Kimberley on route to our holiday destination many times without stopping at the Big Hole. This time my wife and I decided to visit this diamond mine and museum and found it extremely interesting. This is an open and underground mine that is claimed to be the largest hand-dug excavation on earth. Mining operations ceased 100... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Unfortunately we visited on a Sunday,when all the small shops in the village outside the hole was closed. The only restaurant that was open did not allow dogs. Lots of the display windows are dusty, and it is obvious that the displays themselves have not been cleaned for years. If I compare this village with what is done at sites... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

was a cool stop, saw the hole, took the diamond tour and then the tram :) find out the times for the tour, i think its every hour. and ther e is also a movie at the beginning to learn the history of diamonds in sa

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is the history of Kimberley. Definitely a must see in the area. Try to watch the movie first and then get into a group with a guide. I went on my own and after wandering around getting a little bored, I hitched on to the tail end of a tour group with a guide. Absolutely fascinating to hear the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Take an hour or so to explore this piece of South African history. Suggest you each the movie first, then visit the big hole and a quick tour of the old buildings and stores.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The facility offers a video review of the history of the Big Hole, outside viewing platform of the Big Hole, and an underground section with props indicating the methods used to mine diamonds. Apparently there is an actual tour but we arrived too late in the afternoon which meant we just walked around freely (which suited us more). Surrounding the... More

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

When we first visited you looked through a fence. Now there is a wide cantilevered bridge so you can stand above it. The shops and bars date from the time of Cecil Rhodes and there is an amazing display of diamonds.

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Kimberley, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This place is really worth visiting. There are several distinct attractions and it took us about two hours. First there was a film show which gave the history to the Big Hole and diamonds in Kimberley. Then we walked out onto the cantilever viewing station over the hole itself - a remarkable view of this mine that was dug out... More

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