At Kimberley visitors can view a 17-minute movie about the location and the history of diamond mining in Africa. They also get to walk out on a high platform to view The Big Hole, take a ride down a faux mining shaft, enter a locked vault to view genuine diamonds of all colors, and visit a small museum. We particularly liked the hollowed-out Bible used by some miners to smuggle diamonds out of the mine until 1883, when searches were instituted.
There is also a café, gift and jewelry shops, and many structures and artifacts left from the days when Kimberly was a thriving mining town. Visitors can walk the eerily empty streets of the company town and step into the modest home where the De Beers family lived.
Those who arrive at Kimberley’s Victorian railway station by train then travel to The Big Hole via motor coach, about a ten-minute drive.
Kimberley Mine Statistics
The Big Hole
Kimberley Mine Map
Diamond Mining Machinery
Kimberley Diamond Museum
South African Diamond Mining Town
Diamond Miners’ Huts
Kimberley’s Oldest House
De Beer Gravestone
Kimberley Diamond Buyer
The Kimberley diamond mine enriched Englishman Cecil Rhodes, who founded De Beers. The company became a virtual monopoly. The imperialist Rhodes and his British South Africa Company founded Rhodesia, which now includes the southern African countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia.