What to look forward to when visiting the Big Hole
Historic Kimberley is famous for its diamond-mining past and its gaping, man-made Big Hole. The award-winning tourist attraction is a hit with local and international crowds.
We’ve put together a quick guide for first-time visitors on what to expect:
Underground mine experience
Have you ever wanted to go underground and witness what mining looked like in the 19th century? The underground mine experience offers visitors a first-hand look at a recreated mineshaft, to get a keen sense of what digging for diamonds meant in the 1800s.
Bring your camera and get ready to see the Big Hole from above on the viewing deck. The amazing sight is perfect on a sunny day, but be sure to bring your sunscreen.
The Old Town
Travel back through time by walking around the “Old Town” adjacent to the Big Hole and see what Kimberley looked like in the 19th century. Visitors can see a variety of historical sights, including restored architecture from the era. Take a walk around to see a digger’s sleeping quarters, the old De Beers railway coach, a recreated old-time pub and several other attractions.
The real diamond display
Love anything that sparkles? Make sure you visit this one-of-a-kind diamond museum. The diverse collection showcases thousands of different gems in a specially built vault, a treat for anyone who loves staring at valuable, shiny objects.
Shop for souvenirs at the curio shop or grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants. Kids are welcome and can have some fun digging for “diamonds” at the Diamond Dig and trying their hand at skittles at Skittle Alley.
Big Hole visitor tips
Bring sunscreen and a hat – it gets hot in Kimberley in summer
Wear comfy shoes, as there’ll be plenty of walking
Make sure your camera is charged – you’ll want to take lots of pictures
We hope to see you at this wonderful attraction soon. For more information about ticket prices, opening times and other queries, visit the official website.