Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

From diamond-mine tours, to amazing crafts, outdoor adventures and historical excursions, Kimberley is an ideal destination for a family vacation.

Kimberley is not only the capital of the Northern Cape, but is famous for its diamond-mining past. The city is proud of its Big Hole, a former diamond mine considered the largest hand-dug excavation in the world, which has become a popular tourist attraction.

The Big Hole is 214m deep and has a surface area of 17ha. An integral part of experiencing Kimberley is exploring its diamond-mine tours, during which tour guides offer historical insight into the early days of mining in the area and the discovery of diamonds, which shaped the city.

If your visit happens to coincide with the second Saturday of the month, then definitely stop at the Kimberley Town & Country Market, which offers crafts and live performances, as well as food, decor items, clothing, accessories, furniture and art pieces. It’s a great stop for the family.

There are loads of old-fashion-styled restaurants and drinking venues across town. The Occidental Bar is a great place to enjoy a traditional pub meal in a vibey atmosphere.

Travellers can also visit the William Humphreys Art Gallery to view its cultural and historical exhibits. The gallery, situated at the Civic Centre, has collections that range from the 17th-century Old Masters to contemporary South African pieces.

For accommodation, try the historical Kimberley Manor Guest House in Michael Street, with it original hand-crafted furniture, or the Kimberley Anne Small Luxury Hotel, a modern boutique-style hotel.

For visitors who enjoy nature and wildlife, the Mokala National Park, about an hour’s drive from Kimberley, is must-visit. It is home to variety of wildlife species, including aardvark, springbok, sable, roan antelope, kudu, red hartebeest, black rhino, buffalo, ostrich, gemsbok and tsessebe. Don’t forget to take your camera with to capture images of the wildlife.

No trip to Kimberley is complete without a ride on the historical Kimberley tram – make sure you don’t miss it.

Kimberley offers a range of interesting activities, historical excursions, good food and affordable accommodation. Plan a trip to the Diamond City for your next family vacation and emerge rejuvenated.