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History Museums
Historic diamond mine with an educational museum and recreated mining town ambiance. Tours provide a peek into the intense mining era with real diamond displays and a hand-dug excavation site.
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  • Carine
    Tampere, Finland1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grew up in Kimberley and have been to the big hole many times but never with a tour guide. And I must say with this visit our tourguide, David was excellent!! We really enjoyed it and even our 5 year old was listening and enjoying the experience.
    It is a bit expensive, but everything is clean and neat. Recommend updating your prices on The Big Hole website.
    A must visit!
    Written 17 July 2024
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  • BWM55
    Durbanville, South Africa193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely small national park, but some of the facilities need some attention. Pity the restaurant has closed so only option now is self catering, and the "shop" holds so little that if you haven't taken food in with you you have a problem.

    Staff are the usual very pleasant and helpful people, always with a smile and very courteous.

    Saw lots of animals but the bird hide was a total disappointment with no water in the waterhole.

    The road leading to the Mosu gate from N12 is a very poor corrugated disaster. A total car breaker.
    Written 4 May 2024
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  • Curious08831810731
    Postmasburg, South Africa1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome experience!!! Their hospitality is out of the books. 10 out of 10. Chriszaan the tourguide is spontanious and knows all her cats!!! Thank you for being part of my lifebook. All the best with your business.
    Written 17 December 2023
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  • Global145376
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour was made very Interesting for all ages by David our tour Guide. A good morning out . it was worth the drive as Kimberley was a big detour for us
    Written 21 April 2024
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  • Campbell
    Johannesburg, South Africa119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My visit was amazing. The museum was full of items and info and the monuments were so interesting. The location had wildlife to view and the view off the mountain was ecstatic
    Written 29 August 2023
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  • CandzSouthAfrica
    South Africa169 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Housed inside a beautiful old building full of history, the extent of this museums exhibits is a fascinating surprise.
    Whilst the building is in need of a little TLC, it doesn't take away from all the interesting displays and knowledge to be found down the various passages and rooms.
    Upstairs is a section on the Kimberley Regiment and the World Wars. Downstairs is a Natural History display, as well as a Timeline through the ages... Along with detailed models and informative visual displays.
    This is definitely a museum worth visiting and supporting if you are in Kimberley!
    Written 21 October 2023
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  • Charlotte P
    Klerksdorp, South Africa373 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    In this reserve there is many wildlife to see - a lot of sebras, impalas, springbokke and at the one waterhole we even find a mountain tortoise. There are also koi fish in the waterhole.
    Written 20 September 2017
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  • Fantajan
    Pretoria, South Africa349 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our family visited while on a quick trip to Kimberley. It’s about a 20 minute drive away and is worth a visit. You start with a short video about two indigenous San groups (!Xun and Khwe) that were relocated to this land in the recent past, having been displaced several times before. I don’t know to what degree their community actually profits from the site which is now managed by the McGregor Museum. I had hoped that the staff and guides would be from the indigenous community but that was not the case. Regardless our guide was knowledgeable and had worked there for quite some time. After the film, you go on a brief guided walk along a boardwalk and the guide points out some of the rock art. Our son enjoyed finding the various carvings and trying to figure out what they represented, Despite their age, some of the etchings are still quite vivid. Others are more faded. The guide helped us to decipher some of the art and also told us more about the plight of the San people. In short, the situation is not good with high levels of unemployment and discrimination against indigenous communities. The museum has a few exhibits but the whole place could use some updating. We were happy to see a school group visiting and wish more people were aware of the history and culture of indigenous groups in Southern Africa.
    Written 13 August 2023
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  • Sara Ellis
    Pretoria, South Africa40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is an absolute gem, I've been wanting to visit the Africana Library for almost two year and it did not disappoint. My husband and I were in absolute awe and wonder. A big shout out to Annelize, the conservator at the library, who took time out of her day to give us a tour and spared no detail.
    Written 13 December 2021
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  • Billbobbird
    Johannesburg119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We only found about this little gem of a museum when we saw a rod sign. It's easy if you know where the station is.

    For anyone who loves railways this is a must. They have a 25NC on the platform that is just beautiful. In the museum itself there is a mock up cab of the same loco that kids of all ages will love to play with. All the original bits of beautiful brass, heavy levers and big clanging firebox

    Aside from that there are a range of other fascinating bits and pieces that add to the special nature of this museum.

    If you are in Kimberley and you love trains this will leave you feeling happy.
    Written 16 July 2017
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  • Hlengiwe M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place was soo Beatiful and unique, everything was great and the staff around the area was so welcoming and so friendly
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • PMyson1972
    Cape Town, South Africa38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum is well kept. The curator took time to show me around and explain the exhibition, further details about this pioneering African. The library contains many research volumes and articles about the South African struggle history and the study of Sol Plaatje himself. I walked away feeling informed and enlightened about his life and work.
    Written 27 January 2023
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  • Phil G
    Leyland, UK114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Situated on a roundabout, watch out for the cars if you want to get a little closer. A pity to see some graffiti on one of the walls, but an interesting memorial to those killed during the siege of Kimberley in the Second Anglo-Boer war.
    Written 11 February 2020
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  • simonsmith
    Cheltenham, UK154 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really beautifully maintained historic house with a fascinating selection of photographs. Space for more to see. We were the only people there. Robert the curator was a delight and very helpful. Some more exhibitions would be good.
    Written 17 December 2016
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