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The Big Hole Kimberley

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Address: Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
Phone Number: 27538394600
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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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I have heard many stories about Kimberley and diamond mining and know that it is one of the oldest towns but never visited. We visited while returning from Jo'burg back to Cape... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
IndianJane
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Cape Town - S.A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The hotel is close to the Kimberley hole. It is very luxurious and has a victorian style to it. The Kimberley hole is 5 minutes drive away.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The sighting of the Hole is stunning. Knowing it's been dug by hand makes it a wonderfull thing to see. We booked the tour which included the movie and museum and as you would imagine information provided by the tourguide. Unfortunately his English was terrible which left half the group wondering what he was saying. He was more busy pointing... More 

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Cape Town - S.A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have heard many stories about Kimberley and diamond mining and know that it is one of the oldest towns but never visited. We visited while returning from Jo'burg back to Cape town and it was a very interesting visit. You need to make a booking as the tours are every hour or so... we arrived late and the tour... More 

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Thank IndianJane
Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very pleasant and informative historical visit. The secure parking, easy access and very friendly and helpful staff all contributed to making this a strongly recommended place of interest worthwhile visiting.

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Nelspruit, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a history in making to be booked in Garden Court Hotel that is next Kimberley Big Hole of SA.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It blows your mind when you see how deep that hole really is, and it was dug by hand!. I would suggest you read up about the hole beforehand as our guide was very uninspiring. But the museum and underground exhibit is great and really give you an idea what a mine is like underground.

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Thank Liela-M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An old diamond mine. Very well preserved. Great history behind it. The tour guide made an excellent presentation of the history and a tour through the tunnel. Even an explosion underground were imitated. Then the visit to the replica tin town. Awesome. A ride on the old coach around the mine and in the traffic. What an experience. A must... More 

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Harrismith, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have visted the Big Hole many moons ago and was sad to see the huge modern visitors centrum that is just to commercialised to give style to the Big Hole. What a shame. Would recommend the museum and a trem ride and a plate of good food. The entrance fees is just to expensive.

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Thank deoudehuize
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seeing the first diamond mine in South Africa, I was just in awe. The history around it, the shops around that are showing all the old things that were used back in the days, it was interesting though.

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Strand, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my kids. 8 and 10 years old. This history lesson was something they enjoyed. They said now it was not just a place in a history book. But something they have shared in.

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