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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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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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It is big

A stop on the Rovos Rail trip. The Big Hole was the original diamond pit in Kimberley. I must say it is gigantic. It produced some 14 million carats before the ground water... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
William J
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Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Huge hole in the middle of the Kimberley's town. The place reeks of thousands of people work, many of whom lost their lives digging in poor condition. Sad, but you must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My second visit to this historical place.... awesome place have to visit.. Lots of well preserved historical sites and artifact Lots of history

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Thank Lutchmee M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A bit disappointing price wise and having been there before in a typical SA half dilapidated state for some of the shoos. Diamonds were interesting and the pub brilliant lovely craft beer. I would go to the pub anytime but once you seen a hole you have seen a hole.

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Thank Grant S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we so loved our morning here, learning all about diamonds ( i have not looked at the sky since...only the ground...just in case) the stories, the history. great.

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Thank sarah e
Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A stop on the Rovos Rail trip. The Big Hole was the original diamond pit in Kimberley. I must say it is gigantic. It produced some 14 million carats before the ground water flooded it. Bring a smaller camera lense or you can't really photo the immensity of the area.

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Thank William J
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This trip was wonderful and was made so by our tour guide. He absolutely loves his job and it shows. We saw the big hole and was provided about a 30 minute history lesson. We saw a movie about the importance of the Kimberley mine was and finally entered a vault were we some some magnificent diamonds. Be aware -... More 

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Thank tmbrake
Montagu, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a child I went it was out of this world. Is it now worth while to spent alot of money on a visit. For little children a must to see and see how they did it those days. Take the children and have a look. It is big

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Thank Carl C
Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With very little time, had a fun ride on the vintage tram, would be better if they ga e a bit of info on the museum town, but it was fun and then a quick look at the Big Hole. Staff were helpful and polite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in the Protea Hotel which is basically on the property. A short walk through a pedestrian gate and we were had this wonder! To be able to see what human hands dig, was just amazing. A definite visit if you in the area!

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Thank conradl793
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice historic tour and video at the Big Hole in Kimberley. Dont bother with the tram ride through town though as it is not worth it.

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