Places to Visit

Big Hole in Kimberley

The Big Hole and Kimberley Mine Museum is one of Kimberley’s major attractions. Once a flat-topped hill, it is an enormous hole – the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. Measuring 215 metres deep with a surface area of some 17 hectares and a perimeter of 1,6 km, it was etched out of the earth with picks an shovels and many a man sought his fortune.

Mission Stations

The early missionaries who travelled to the interior became adventurers in their own right. Not only did one require a considerable amount of courage and faith, but an immense will to survive in a land where little was known of the area or the indigenous people.

SAAO (South African Astronomical Observatory)

Conducting research into astronomy and astrophysics, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is the national centre for optical and infrared astronomey. The primary telescopes are located in Sutherland, in the Northern Cape. Contributions by the SAAO include the development of a spherical aberration corrector and the Southern African Large Telescope, otherwise known as SALT.

See Flamingos at Kamfers Dam

Kamfer’s Dam, near Kimberley, is one of only four breeding areas of the Lesser Flamingo, in Africa and the only one in South Africa. The lesser flamingo is the smallest of the four flamingos and not quite as brightly coloured as the Caribbean flamingo. They have light pink feathers with black feathers on their wings and their beaks have more black than that of the Greater Flamingo.

Spring Flowers

Between July and September Namakwa sheds its drab facade and showers the world with flowers of every hue. Nature sheds any pretense at barren aridity and runs riot with tones and rainbow hues of rich and splendid brilliance.

The Eye of Kuruman

The Eye is a natural fountain delivering approximately 20-30 million litres of crystal clear water daily, which supplies Kuruman’s domestic water, feeds the Kuruman River and spills yet more water into two 7km irrigation canals.

The Vaalharts Valley

This beautiful yet little known valley is only one hour’s drive north of Kimberley. The surrounds are like a breath of fresh air with the lush green farmlands highlighted from the usual yellows and browns of the nearby countryside. Two mighty rivers, the Vaal and the Harts, feed an intricate irrigation scheme that supports more than 1 250 high production agricultural farms.