Accommodation near Kimberley Big Hole Museum

When one mentions Kimberley, it is more often than not followed by 'the Big Hole' in the same breath. The city and its main attraction after all, are more or less synonymous. The Big Hole Museum is an ode to the hole's history (which is intrinsically linked to the city's history) and is the only way in which to get a glimpse of this old site.

Kimberley is known as a major hub for diamond mining and the town's original purpose for being was to support the mushrooming diamond-mining industry in the area. The Kimberley Big Hole harks back to the early days of this industry.

What is now a hole over 200 metres deep, was believe it or not, once a small flat-topped hill known as Colesberg Koppie. The story goes that a group of men were surveying the bottom area of the koppie for diamonds. A cook in their party was sent up to the top as a punishment for being drunk, and told not to return unless it was with a diamond. Sure enough, he returned carrying a small, rough specimen and within no time at all the top of the koppie was being excavated by many hopefuls. It was in this period; the early 1870's, that the hill became a hole.

The developing mine, which was located on the De Beers family property, was closed in 1914 after 22.6 million tonnes of earth had been removed along with 13.6 million carats' worth of diamonds.

Today the Kimberley Big Hole Museum puts the events into context using film and displays, which include the recreation of a 19th century mine shaft and a vault of real diamonds. The museum also provides insights into the process which transforms a rough diamond into the sparkly object most of us are familiar with (if only from the pages of a magazine).

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The Kimberley Club
1.1 km

From R488 pps


If you are touring South Africa and would like to tour Kimberley and visit the birth place of Harry Oppenheimer, the Kimberley big hole and Kimberley mine museum, and many other local historical attra... More Info

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Savoy Hotel Kimberley
1.1 km

From R683* unit


The Savoy Hotel & Conference Centre, was established in 1892 and is one of the oldest and most enchanting hotels in Kimberley. The Savoy is conveniently located in the heart of Kimberley close to ... More Info

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Kimberley Manor Guesthouse
1.4 km

From R520 pps


Experience the tranquility, comfort and personal attention, found at our Luxurious Guesthouse, nestled in the heart of the "Diamond City". Here everything is done with style and attention to detail. ... More Info

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Sundowner Lodge
1.7 km

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From R470 pps


Sundowner Lodge - You are welcome. Ever since Kimberley's diamond rush days, discerned visitors to the Diamond Fields placed a high premium on excellent accommodation and pampering service. Sundown... More Info

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Bishops Lodge
1.7 km

From R890* unit


The unique design features twelve north-facing luxury suites and one bachelor apartment. A full suite comprises a bedroom with double bed and full en-suite bathroom and a comfortable sitting room w... More Info

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Jungnickel Guesthouse
1.8 km

From R640* unit


Jungnickel guesthouse is a turn of the century Victorian House restored to perfection with 7 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. Our rooms have private entrances, coffee making facilities, DSTV and air cons.... More Info

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Hadida Guest House
1.8 km

From R550* unit


Hadida Guest House offers comfortable and private accommodation in fully equipped single/double and family units, in Kimberley, South Africa. We are conveniently situated in a quiet street, less than ... More Info

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 Sweet Dreams Guesthouse
1.9 km

From R879* unit


Luxurious rooms and bathrooms for mirror lovers, showers comfortable for two with double basins, corner and free-standing baths, wall faced and wall hung toilets, awesome night view and braai's for th... More Info

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The Nook B&B
1.9 km

From R385 pps


The Nook B&B offers the very best in B&B accommodation in a relaxing tranquil garden environment at reasonable rates. Within walking distance to the City Centre, Virgin Active Gym, eating houses and t... More Info

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Mc Kala Guest House
1.9 km

From R340 pps


McKala is a luxury and tranquil guest house situated in the place known as the Diamond City of the Northern Cape Province, Kimberley, very well situated with nearby access to malls, hospitals, airport... More Info

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Kimberley Reviews

Kimberley
Nice to see things happening in my old home town!
- Sanita Welgemoed

Kimberley
Wonderful place, warm friendly people. I will definitely visit Kimberley again.
- Maggie Grootboom

Kimberley
Kimberley is well worth a visit! Historically speaking, a most interesting place and much to keep one busy. Good eateries and great shopping too!
- Louise Cloete

Kimberley
Kimberley is worth visiting. I did not see much of the town because of the nature of my visit. Am hoping to come back again as it is a tourist attraction.
- Busisiwe Sishuba

Kimberley
Lots to see
- John Moses