KIMBERLEY IN SOUTH AFRICA
Kimberley, the capital of South Africa’s Northern Province is known as the diamond city, and there’s much to be explored by the intrepid traveler. Start with the heartbeat of Kimberley it’s main attraction. Take a tram ride from the City Hall and head straight for the Big Hole of Kimberley. Just imagine a hand-dug hole the size of eight football fields. Adjacent to the Big Hole is the Mine Museum, which is an exact replica of the city in the frenetic days of the diamond rush. If you are not faint- hearted take the world’s only guided tour of an operational diamond mine which goes a staggering 840 meters below the earth. A few kilometers from the city center lies Kimberley’s oldest residential suburb, Belgravia, which dates as far back as the 1870s. These homes were built at the peak of diamond trade. This is the place where South Africa mining dynasty’s patriarch, Harry Oppenheimer, was born. It’s said that there once was more millionaires per area in this place than anywhere else in the world. Kimberley is probably the only place in the country which has a unique blend of ancient African art and some early European art. The Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Center and !Xun & Khwe Kamatoka Shop showcases contemporary San paintings, rock art movie and a walk back through time. Not far from it is the William Humphreys Art Gallery. The gallery is South Africa’s only Grade 1 art gallery specialising in South African artists and offering a fine collection of the 16th and 17th century Flemish, Dutch, English and French masters. Being the diamond capital of the world, Kimberley is known for its exquisite jewelry that is often individually crafted offering you a precious personalized memento of your trip to Kimberley.