Kimberly, which is the capital of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is located approximately 110 kilometres east of the junction of the Vaal and Orange Rivers. Often referred to as ‘The City that Sparkles’, Kimberley boasts a rich history and a diversity of museums and visitor attractions.
The city has immense historical significance due to its diamond-mining past. The legend goes that Erasmus Jacobs found a small, glistening pebble on the banks of the Orange River in 1866. This pebble, soon proved to be a 21.25 carat diamond, became known as the Eureka and propelled Kimberley’s fate into that of wealth and significance.
Some notable attractions include:
Kimberley Mine, also known as The Big Hole
As miners arrived with shovels and picks, in search of diamonds and wealth from 1871 to 1914, it is estimated that 2,722 kg of diamonds were excavated, leaving the Big Hole as evidence. A popular local myth claims that it is the largest hand-dug hole in the world, as it descends a staggering 840 metres below the earth, however this has never been proven. The Big Hole is currently on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative Lists, making it an exciting tourist destination.
Kimberley is home to some of the most significant historical giants of South Africa. From war museums, to The Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre which showcases San art across the ages, to ghost tours of Kimberley’s monuments, to the Big Hole and its diamonds- Kimberley is a place everyone should experience.
To make sure the home you choose is the diamond you want it to be, contact our offices in Kimberley to arrange a home inspection and become a part of the history and culture which lay beneath the soil of Kimberley.