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The Big Hole Kimberley

Address: Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
Phone Number: +27(0)53 839 4600
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Kimberley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Mines, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Type: Historic Sites, Mines, Sights & Landmarks, Museums

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The galleries are fantastic with old,young and presnet art,the museums are very interesting and the Big Hole is worth a visit,you get surpised imagining people dug this hole by hand to a depth of 4 times what yiu see today

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We visited the big hole as part of our SA road trip. We are glad we did so, because it is a historical site both for South Africa as well as the diamond business. The Big Hole is...well big as you could imagine. The views from the suspended walkway make it look even more dramatic. We were unfortunate to loose... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A good idea of the past. The big hole is a must see. the old town on site takes me back to the old times. Their is also a 20min film on how Kimberley started.

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Centurion, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I believe, if you're a South African, you should try to visit this site at least once in your lifetime. This was the reason for bringing our children to Kimberley. International visitors would probably also find the visit worthwhile.The film shown at the beginning of the tour on 30 December brought the story of the diamond rush to life for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Though expensive, a worthwhile experience. The facilities are getting old and some feel time-worn but it is clear that it is maintained and still a popular attraction. The staff are friendly and helpful and radiate Northern Cape hospitality.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Highly recommend the tour. It's a national heritage site with important cultural, historical and heritage significance. It forms an important part of the South African industrial revolution and how South Africans had been deprived of their valuable resources. Also hydrate as it gets extremely hot in Kimberley. It's a must visit.

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