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The Big Hole Kimberley

Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
+27 53 839 4600
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It is a big hole

Largest man made hole in the world. It is what it is but worth the visit. Worth doing the tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
via mobile
Interesting and sad experience

Great history and chronology of the history of Kimberley and diamond mining. Its unfortunate that... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
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During a visit to the Big Hole in Kimberley, South Africa you will not only see the largest man made hole in the world but also the largest diamond display in the world. Various displays will introduce you to the world of diamond mining and all aspects of diamonds as well as the history of diamonds in South Africa. On show is also the Old Town witch will give you an idea of what Kimberley looked like more than 100 years ago. We have various shops on the site where you could buy curios as well as diamonds and jewellery. Also available is a coffee shop and bar to quench your thirst and hunger. We are fully wheelchair friendly. Open every day of the year from 08:00 to 17:00 Guided tours on offer.
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  • Very good46%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
+27 53 839 4600
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Largest man made hole in the world. It is what it is but worth the visit. Worth doing the tour and learning about the history, it's very interesting.

Thank Lulabellec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great history and chronology of the history of Kimberley and diamond mining. Its unfortunate that this industry was built on the suffering and slavery of black people.

Thank Cwayita
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in total amazement since I entered till I left, the way the old town was preserved was amazing, so much to see and learn about the diamond rush and the way the people lived back then, and the pub and restaurant (The Occidental)...More

Thank PaulvdNest
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to see how things was in the early days of Kimberley. A fun way to go back in history and discover life as it was then.

Thank Charlotte P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I call this a must, because the Bg Hole is inextricable linked to the rise and fortunes of Kimberley it self.

Thank Grant M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took this trip as an excursion from the Rovos train. A couple of hours opportunity to stretch our legs. The Big Hole is truly impressive. Incredible to think how this was all manually dug. Our guide Frank was informative and funny. The gems in...More

Thank Munrosaxman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived early in the morning before we left town on our way home to Jo'burg. The museum precinct was such fun to visit. You got a real sense of what it must have been like to live in Kimberley during the diamond rush. Original...More

Thank Louise B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been here before, but things seem to have dilapidated since our previous visit in 2014. I really hope that the importance of Kimberley will be realised, and that revival will happen, otherwise, this history will be lost.

Thank Ansel M
Reviewed 9 September 2017

It is incredible to think people dug that hole with shovels. It is awesome and takes you back in history and if you love history you would almost wish you could have been there... hard times and super hardworking men to achieve that

Thank amandagrobler7
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

The big hole experience reminded me of a really long school trip from back in the day. It's a bit insignificant and to be honest quite boring. For something this significant to the history of Kimberley it could be a lot better. It needs actual...More

Thank pbodie
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30 September 2017|
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Response from Todd P | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t in April. There was no line at all.
6 February 2017|
Response from Michelle R | Reviewed this property |
Informative guided tour of the Big Hole and visit down the mine, small shopping area and pub restaurant. The website provides further details. Worth a visit if you have not seen it before.
23 February 2015|
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Response from Romano B | Property representative |
Good Morning A guided tour takes about an hour to fininish this excludes the Old Town which can take up about an hour to visit as well. So i will advise about 2hrs you will need to spend at the museum. Please visit our... More