Destinations, Travel

The Big Hole Kimberley Part 1

“Welcome to a diamonds seekers destiny. Come and experience a day in a miner’s life, explore a “Hole” new experience.The Big Hole Kimberley.You’ll Dig It!” Well with a welcome like that we had no other option but to dig it. Day 2 of our adventure was spent exploring the The Big Hole, here’s a quick brief summary of what it is for those who do not know: “150 years ago, the site of the Big Hole was a featureless, flat-topped hill. When word spread that diamonds had been discovered, thousands of prospectors, armed with nothing more than picks, shovels and hope, descended on Kimberley and created the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.”

On our tour we got to go underground in a recreation of a mine shaft from that period, we then watched a short film that introduces one to diamonds in Kimberley very fascinating story of the successes of Barney Barnato and Cecil John Rhodes. Look out for our diamonds post in part 2 of our Big Hole blog. If you are ever here it’s a definite must to view the hole from the viewing platform for the most stunning and breath-taking experience. I was proper spell bound to be honest. Discovering so many awesome places I would usually just read about in the news or online thanks to this blog. Blogging has ignited the travel bug in me and I am loving every moment of it.
Do yourself a favour and book a ticket it’s extremely cheap:
Entrance Fees
Adult – R90
Child – R50 (4 to 12 Years)
Family of 2 Adults and 3 child – R280
Pensioner – R80
Student – R80 (must provide valid student card to qualify for discount)

7 thoughts on “The Big Hole Kimberley Part 1

  1. Nice! My sister lived in Kimberley for a while and Kimberley’s Gat was always on the sight seeing list. A nice piece of history to relive, and re-walk the street with the old shops.

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