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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Savoy Hotel Kimberley
1.1 km

From R475 PPS

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 p... More Info

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

Sundowner Lodge
1.7 km

From R600 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

Jungnickel Guesthouse
1.8 km

From R990* 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

Hadida Guest House
1.8 km

From R690* 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

The Nook B&B
1.9 km

From R365 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 Center, Virgin Active Gym, eating houses and t... More Info

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Mc Kala Guest House
1.9 km

From R380 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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Belgravia B&B
2.3 km

From R400 PPS

The Victorian style home (built in 1902) with wooden floors and verandah is set in a leafy garden that exudes a sense of peaceful tranquility and repose. The guesthouse is situated in the heart of Bel... More Info

Welgewandel Guest House
2.5 km

From R390 PPS

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We are situated in the gorgeous Northern Cape in the historical city of Kimberley which makes us the perfect place to stay when you need to get away to luxury and tranquility. Welgewandel Guest House ... More Info

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Kimberley Reviews

Nice place.
- Shawn Botha

Kimberley is a beautiful Northern Cape attraction. The City offers a lot to their Visitors in terms of education and entertainment. This is a tidy and neat City and good advertisement for the Northern Cape.
- Sarina De Koker

It was my first time in Kimberley and I found it to be peaceful, friendly and no rush. The places of interest are accessible but roadsigns not informative enough
- Connie Rankapole

Kimberley is a city with a great historical attraction
- Koos Barkhuizen

Kimberley was great and loved that we could stay out of the city in such a lovely place. Big Hole was amazing.
- Jo Goddard

My last visit to Kimberly was 1989. The "Big Hole" viewing has improved no end with the new Diamond Big Hole museum and the old street which is also lit at night giving a very authentic feel to that era of time. I suggest a two day stay will cover the prominent sights including the McGregor museum and the Magersfontein Battle fields.
- Heather Darby

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

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

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 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