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Digging in history

Main reason to visit Kimberley. And you're not dissappointed. Interesting story of the... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
HjalmarGalmaarden
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Visit to Kimberly Mine museum

The stop was on our Bucket list and was utvan experience. The way the guided tour was given was... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2018
ertjiesd
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Thabazimbi, South Africa
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Restored buildings at this historic site include a pub, a smoke shop and the De Beers family home. The mine itself is an astonishing crater from which over 22 million tons of earth has been removed by hand.
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Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
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All reviews big hole old town diamond mining old days wild wild west tourist shops set aside definitely worth the visit tourist spot interesting things guided tour mining town old style down memory lane historical sites tour starts amazing history
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

Main reason to visit Kimberley. And you're not dissappointed. Interesting story of the town. Fortunately, we had a great guide.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

The stop was on our Bucket list and was utvan experience. The way the guided tour was given was excellent and very awsome to see where it has al started. It is a must to see and very historical. Please make a turn and see...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

The time of my freaking life at the old town! I felt like I was on the set of West World. Wear comfy shoes and sunscreen. It is definitely worth checking out while you're there. The town looks exactly how it would've looked back in...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Leanne M
Reviewed August 30, 2018

The museum gives a nice overview over the history of diamonds in South Africa and more specifically Kimberley. Surely not to be missed when in the area

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

How anyone found these sparkling gens in the middle of a vast expanse is incredible. But find them they did and started a mine like no other. Fascinating in a 19th century greed chasing man against the environment sort of way.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed meandering back time through this open air museum. Replica shops, banks, boxing club, pubs, bowling alley (and yes, you can play!), homes, dentist- and architects-office - all providing insight into life gone by. Loved the many old treasures in the auctioneers offices. Remember to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ChristineT3268
Reviewed August 7, 2018

If you are travelling through Kimberley then its worth while to stop over and do a tour of the Kimberley Mine museum, we found it informative and interesting with loads of things to see and experience, although the guide we had was very good and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Andrewschoeman
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

You receive entry into the mine museum included in your price for entry to the big hole. The old town however is open to the public because of the proximity of the nearby restaurant and bar. The best value for money of anything to do...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank NormanE158
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

This is an very interesting place to visit. We really enjoyed it. It is well put together. Set aside plenty of time if you’re a reader since it’s a self guided tour. Lots of historical information.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mrvspn
Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

The Big Hole really is just that - a massive hole in the ground. What makes it impressive is the history and the stories that surround it, and while the museum tour makes some effort to conveying this, it fails to really bring home what...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Datchet
March 2, 2015|
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Response from JolandyB | Reviewed this property |
Hallo there. Yes there is places inside the main building where you can buy jewellery. Even oposite the Mine there is also a jewellery company. Hope this will answer your queation
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