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The Big Hole Kimberley

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Address: Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 53 839 4600
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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During a visit to the Big Hole in Kimberley, South Africa you will not only...

During a visit to the Big Hole in Kimberley, South Africa you will not only see the largest man made hole in the world but also the largest diamond display in the world. Various displays will introduce you to the world of diamond mining and all aspects of diamonds as well as the history of diamonds in South Africa. On show is also the Old Town witch will give you an idea of what Kimberley looked like more than 100 years ago. We have various shops on the site where you could buy curios as well as diamonds and jewellery. Also available is a coffee shop and bar to quench your thirst and hunger. We are fully wheelchair friendly. Open every day of the year from 08:00 to 17:00 Guided tours on offer.

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Very interesting to see. Tour guide was quite funny and informative. Lots on the history of diamonds in Kimberley and the hole is very impressive. The tram ride was also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting to see. Tour guide was quite funny and informative. Lots on the history of diamonds in Kimberley and the hole is very impressive. The tram ride was also enjoyable, albeit very short and not particularly scenic. Worth ten rand though.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have visited before and there were pictures showing how the mountain became a hole and dozens of people hanging from ropes and ladders with leather buckets to lift soil and rock Also how they panned and washed what was brought up All this has been removed and there is nothing to show how it was done There is now... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very entertaining visit to one of the first diamond mines in Kimberley. Now not longer active, but well preserved. A fiber glass replica of some of the mine was built and a small museum was available, together with a collection of diamonds and replicas of famous diamonds. Our guide (Scottie) was fantastic. He had worked for De Beers for a... More 

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George, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see. Great guided tour and amazing village to work threw. The food and cold beer was great after a hot day.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour guide, very interesting with lots of knowledge. The ambience and surround made you feel that you were there back in the early ming days.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of interesting information and history of diamond mining round Kimberley. The hole is quite impressive, the historical buildings around, a bit disneyland. We had a guided tour which provided a good overview and insight, but it's worth taking the time to view the exhibits and read the blurb in the museum thoroughly.

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Rudgwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must for anyone interested in the history of this town and the hardships involved in extracting the diamonds. Unfortunately the discovery only benefitted a few financially at the time, but the legacy has enhanced the lives of many.

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Hillcrest, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The price seemed rather steep for the guided tour, until we found out what folk pay, just to look into the big hole. Seems rather expensive ?? However the tour was well conducted, by the tour guide, and done at a comfortable pace. Very informative and well presented, and although the film was very interesting, it was not too factual... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

This is one of the 'must see' attractions if you're coming to Kimberley. The entire exhibit and tour are very well done, the tour guides are excellent, and the sheer enormity of this 'hole' is staggering. This is truly ground zero for diamond mining although it's been eclipsed by a number of other countries since it's closing in 1914. Take... More 

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Fascinating, educative & a must for all visitors. Historical, well kept, attractive to families & business travellers & young adventurous visitors.

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