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The Big Hole

Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape and the diamond capital of the world. The world famous “Big Hole” is a remarkable 240m deep open cast mine which was hand-dug in the frenetic early mining days.
By the time it closed in 1914, 14,5 million carats of diamonds had been mined. Today one can visit the working mine, venturing underground to see how diamonds are extracted...

Famous for its Diamonds

Diamond capital of the world, Kimberley became famous in the days of Cecil John Rhodes and Barney Barnato. The Big Hole is the biggest ever excavated by pick and shovel and the museums and art gallery recall a time when the local population exceeded that of Cape Town and Johannesburg did not yet exist.
South Africa’s last remaining tram runs from the City Hall to the Big Hole every hour. Jump on and head under ground to watch miners at work. Then, at the end of a long day, relax at the Star of the West, South Africa’s oldest pub.