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Central city
The capital and the only city of the province. Kimberley is in the centre of South Africa with two national roads leading to it, theN12 (Cape Town via the N1 to the south and Pretoria/Johannesburg to the north) and the N8 going east to west

Diamond Fields
Nearby Towns: Barkly West, Warrenton, Modder River, Jan Kempdorp, Delportshoop, Douglas, Hartswater

In 1871, diamond deposits found on a hillock dubbed Colesberg Kopje on the farm Vooruitzicht, owned by the De Beers brothers, led to a mad scramble for fame and fortune and the world’s largest, hand-dug excavation, the colossal Kimberley Mine or Big Hole.

By 1872, the tents and shacks of more than 50 000 feverish diggers crowded New Rush, the mining town surrounding the hillock. Overcrowding, insufficient water, unsanitary conditions, disease, heat, dust and flies were ever present problems in the mining town’s early days.

In the fledgling city’s many gambling dens, card- and loan sharks thrived on a diet of other people’s blood, sweat and tears. The stakes were high and the ruthless ruled as fortunes were made and lost in a day. Some found only despair and heartbreak, but others struck it rich.

Spacious homes began to rise from the dust and, in 1873, the town was renamed Kimberley, after the Earl of Kimberley, British Secretary of State for the Colonies. Despite the town’s severe dose of diamond dementia, it was, by 1900, a prosperous town. Its complex, higgledypiggledy web of roads is a topographic reminder of a chaotic past. And not one, but five big holes, and a number of smaller mines, had been gouged out of the earth, reaching ever deeper into its bluish, diamond-bearing Kimberlite pipes! The Kimberley Mine was closed in 1914. Covering 17ha, it reached a depth of 1 097m and yielded three tons of diamonds. A bawdy shanty town born of a desperation and greed redolent of the American Wild West, Kimberley swiftly donned a mantle of architectural elegance.

Today, it is a prosperous, thriving metropolis with Victorian buildings that complement the more modern buildings of the CBD. Lacking the furious pace of South Africa’s larger urban giants, it is perhaps the country’s most innovative town. Home of our first flying school, our first stock exchange and the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to install electric street-lighting, it is mining a brilliant future from a glorious past.
  i Tourist Information
Diamantveld Visitor Centre
121 Bultfontein Rd
PO Box 1976, Kimberley 8300
Tel 053 832 7298
Fax 053 832 7211


activities and attractions
activities and attractions


Featured Accommodation

Estate Private Hotel
Tel:053 832 2668
Cell: 082 824 8710
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

Aletheim Guest House
Tel:053 8321907
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

Ambassador Lodge
Tel:053 831 7937
Hotels and Lodges, Kimberley

Aquarius Self Catering
Tel:053 831 2878
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

Australian Arms Guest House
Tel:053 832 1526
Cell: 084 709 2409
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

Barney Barnato B&B
Tel:053 831 5628
083 626 1234
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

Boitumelo Jwa Sechaba Guest House
Tel:053 832 4857
Cell: 082 513 3954
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

Cecil John Rhodes Guest House
Tel:053 830 2500
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

Dankie Pa Guesthouse
Tel:053 861 1313
Cell: 076 101 4570
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

Edgerton House
Tel:053 831 1150 / 076 466 0665
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

El Toro Cottage
Tel:083 - 265 4795 / 053 - 861 4983
Self Catering, Kimberley

Five Acres Guest House
Tel:053 861 1179
Cell: 082 465 1176
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

HenChe Self-Catering
Tel:053 832 6860
Self Catering, Kimberley

Kingston Game Ranch and Kolobe Adventures
Tel:+27 (0)53 833 7083 Cell +27 (0)82 870 8803 or +27 (0)82 217 4774
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

Mattanu Game Reserve
Tel:083 235 1993
Hotels and Lodges, Kimberley

Protea Hotel Kimberley
Tel:053 802 8200
Hotels and Lodges, Kimberley

REPA Guest House
Tel:053 861 3132
Cell 079 517 0022
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kimberley

Spitskop Lodge
Tel:053 631 4221
Hotels and Lodges, Kimberley

Sundowner Lodge
Tel:053 831 1145
Hotels and Lodges, Kimberley

The Kimberley Club
Tel:053 832 4224
Hotels and Lodges, Kimberley

Belgravia Historic Walk
On the following map is a list of the buildings that are to be seen. For more detailed information, ... read more
The Big Hole
The Kimberley Mine site started on or about 16 July 1871 and by 14 August 1914 all mining activities... read more
Legends of Kimberley
Sol Plaatje was the first black South African to publish a novel in English. He also translated the ... read more

Modder River
Location: 39km, SW on N12
Modder River lies south of Kimberley, near the confluence of the Riet ... read more
Barkly West
Location: 32km, NW on R31
The discovery of diamonds at Klipdrift on the Vaal River in 1869 drew ... read more

Anglo Boer War Route
The war between Great Britain and the Boer Republics of Transvaal and ... read more


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