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“KIMBERLEY BIG HOLE” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Big Hole Kimberley

The Big Hole Kimberley
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Kimberley
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Kimberley, South Africa
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9 reviews
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“KIMBERLEY BIG HOLE”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

The upgrade of the Big Hole by De Beers has really made this a worthwhile visit.
The film show brings to life the era of diamond delving in this area and is shown in a beautiful cinema..
The tram ride into town from the Big Hole is also an attraction enjoyed by the whole family
I can recommend a visit and stay in the accommodation on site

Visited March 2013
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Kimberley, South Africa
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“big hole kimberley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

The big hole is probably Kimberley's biggest attraction. The whole area around it is renovated to look like it did during the diamond rush. The chlldren can play old fashioned bowls, ride in a tram and look for "diamonds". there are restaurants and a bar on the premises. Don't go in summer with small children, it can get really hot. The tour is recommended.

Visited April 2013
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South Africa
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“Biggest Man made hole, The Kimberley diamond Mine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is the biggest attraction in Kimberley and situated in Tucker street..I was born here and what used to be only a hole is now an tourist attraction you have to see....you can take the tram from the market square to the mine..just make sure you don't leave anything in your car..lock it in your trunk..you can also drive to the mine and leave your car there and take the tram into the city which will be safer...the mine is a spectacular scene...you walk on a platform that hangs over the hole and you can look down on this historic diamond hole that men made with hand tools..read the details posted on the platform...make sure you walk to each and every historic building...grab a traditional Kimberley Herb beer (alcohol free) and a bite to eat..you have to go into the diamond display wall and you can also buy diamonds at the store at the entrance...many places to buy souvenirs and watch a movie about the diggers..take the elevator and go under ground and experience a bit of the miners days...the diggers houses, the church, the bar and the beautiful clothes they wore will take you back into the days of my grand parents and the peaceful time they lived in..get a bucket and sort the soil for your "treasure" just like the diggers did..make sure you have your cameras for this day in your life you will never forget..there is a guest house opposite the mine with a curious shop, and also a hotel if you want to stay over..the Holiday Inn in Du Toitspan road is another place to stay..with a wonderful buffet breakfast. Enjoy this historic friendly city with so many places to visit. Just make sure that you don't have your valuables visible when in the city.

Visited December 2012
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RSA
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

Although you can only see the top portion due to water flooding, there are information boards showing the shape of the hole right to the bottom. It is amazing to think that this gigantic hole was dug using hand tools only, and that the miners had to climb up and down every day. It is like the great Pyramid, you have to stand next to it to really appreciate the size
To top it all off, there is the museum on the same grounds

Visited October 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Worth a visit if you have not been here before”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

This site represents an extremely important part of South Africa's emergence into the industrial age. The recreated historic town is very interesting. Be sure to walk around and not just do the mine tour.
The De Beers director's rail car is the period equivalent of a super luxury private jet and the opulence is astounding.
The museum guide was not well trained and the information provided was very basic and could have been so much more informative. The guide provided insufficient educational support for children and concentrated on the facile. The introductory film placed too much emphasis on African mythology for my liking. Some of the displays are factually incorrect e.g. "The moon was once part of the Earth...".

Visited November 2013
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