Top 10: Urban experiences in the Northern Cape
The Big Hole in Kimberley.
1The Big Hole
View the largest hand-excavated hole on the planet in the historic town of Kimberley. The Big Hole is part of the Kimberley Mine Museum and the landmark that modern South Africa.
2Kimberley Mine Museum
Step into a bygone era at the Kimberley Mine Museum. View the world largest uncut diamond and take a peek into the Old Town where you’ll see replica buildings of the earlier frontier days.
3Kimberley Africana Library
The library houses one of South Africa's finest collections of Africana, including the personal copy of missionary Robert Moffat’s Setswana translation of the Bible.
The Kimberley Club was founded in 1881 by Cecil John Rhodes, and was frequented by the likes of Leander Starr Jameson, Barney Barnato and Sir Ernest Oppenheimer.
5Belgravia Historical Walk
The historical suburb of Belgravia in Kimberley boasts 33 of the city’s historical sites which can be enjoyed on this two kilometre walk.
6Galeshewe township, Kimberley
On the outskirts of Kimberley is Galeshewe township, also known as the ‘diamond rush township’. A jewel in the crown of Northern Cape township culture, it is a place of artists and political history.
7Star of The West Pub
One of the country’s oldest pubs, this provincial heritage site was built in 1870 from wood and iron and granted the first liquor license in 1873. You’ve definitely got to stop in for a pint or two!
8Vintage Tram Ride
Take the vintage tram that runs between the Kimberley Mine Museum and City Hall several times a day. The tram was first launched in 1887, and now it provides modern-day thrills.
9Kalahari Oranje Museum, Upington
This museum was built in 1875 as a mission station and tells the history of the area. The famous bronze Donkey Memorial is part of the museum.
10Orange River Wine Cellars, Upington
Visit the world’s second large wine co-operative, just a few kilometres out of town. Who knows, you might want to initiate an impromptu wine-tasting...