Kimberley


The city that sparkles


During the diamond rush of 1871 in the The Northern Cape of South Africa, a diamond mining town arose from the dust of hard labour. This town would later become the city of Kimberley. Today the capital of the Northern Cape is a modern city, its wide streets lined with glittering jewellery stores and bustling shopping centres, but remnants of its dazzling past abound transports visitors back to its historically important heydey.

Nowhere is this more apparent than at The Big Hole – a once operational diamond mine thought to be the largest hand-dug excavation in the world - where visitors can witness an awe-inspiring reminder of the power of a chance at riches. Just outside the city centre lies the suburb of Belgravia. Once home to more millionaires than anywhere in the world, the suburb features more than 30 historical sites.

Those looking for a natural spectacle can witness the deep-blue surface of Kamfers Dam splattered with a radiant pageant of pink as a breeding colony of lesser flamingos strut through its waters. Kimberley is also a gateway to other destinations in the Northern Cape, such as the Mokala National Park and a variety of game farms and nature reserves.

 

Highlights

  • Historically important city with many attractions that give insight into South Africa’s diamond rush
  • City houses The Big Hole - thought to be the largest hand-dug excavation in the world
  • Modern city with wide streets lined with jewellery stores, shopping centres, and museums
  • The suburb of Belgravia is home to more than 30 historical sites
  •  Kamfers Dam provides a natural spectacle with its breeding colony of lesser flamingos
  • Gateway to other destinations in the Northern Cape such as the Mokala National Park

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