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“Worthwhile visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Big Hole Kimberley

The Big Hole Kimberley
Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
+27(0)53 839 4600
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Kimberley
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Mines, Cultural
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Worthwhile visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Having never been before, on our way back home we decided to detour via Kimberley to visit the big hole. The format is a DVD, visit to the underground area and a museum with timelines of world events and how this affected diamond mining. These were the days of Cecil John Rhodes and Barney Barnato and exploration and seeking of fame and fortune. This is well illustrated in the movie and visiting this attraction also ends with a visit to the safe where diamonds are kept and one can see the different grades and colors.
The tram ride was not very interesting but as this is the only tram left in SA, for a measly R10 the trip is worth it.

Visited December 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We visited the Big Hole with our two children, who enjoyed it very much. The personnel were friendly and efficient and everything was clean and looked after. Bathrooms clean and modern. The size of the hole is amazing and worth the visit on its own. The Old Town was neat with interesting stores and lots to see. We did not have time to visit the museum, but what we saw was well worth a visit!

Visited December 2013
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“Worthwhile visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Just to experience the size of the Big Hole and to appreciate that it was handmade, make the visit worthwhile. It is best to go with one of the tours and get the history behind the Big Hole as well. With the tour you also get sort of an underground experience.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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“Great day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

The museum at Kimberly is fantastic, we were there for hours as it gave you so much information about the mining that took place there. To be honest I did not think it would be as interesting as it was! All the restored mining buildings and shops really add the experience, well worth a visit

Visited November 2013
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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“Great to see but the 'mine' is too fake”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

The Big Hole is great, it's a hole but the size and that it's man made makes it so special.
The mine visit is not really worth it, it's really made up and it shows so don't get your hopes up too much on that.

Visited November 2013
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