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KKimberley, thanks to the crazy diamond rush of the 1870s, has a glittering past. If you’re a history buff, then you’ll know that South Africa has its past rooted in the ground and this historic little town, the capital of the Northern Cape province is lovingly known as the Diamond City.

It’s time for a Sho’t Left to this historical part of the Northern Cape, history gurus, this one’s for you!

TTours of the Big Hole and the Mine Museum

Start your exploration of the city at its main attraction: the Big Hole. Imagine a hand-dug hole the size of eight football fields and you have some idea of the labour that went into creating the Big Hole. In fact, the Big Hole is one of the world’s largest holes excavated by hand.

Immerse yourself as you take a guided tour of a once-operational diamond mine and descend a staggering 840m underground. When you return to the surface, why not take a walk and visit the city's choice of jewellery stores.

Right next to the Big Hole is the Kimberley Mine Museum, which brings to life the way the city was during the bustling days of the diamond rush. Many of the buildings here are originals that have been moved over the years to this spot.

RRock art

Art lovers are also in for a treat at the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre which showcases San art, both ancient rock art and contemporary creations. Not far away is the William Humphreys Art Gallery, specialising in South African artists but also offering a fine collection of 16th and 17th century Flemish, Dutch, English and French masters.

In the market for a diamond?

Being the diamond capital of the world, Kimberley is well-known for its exquisite, individually crafted jewellery. When you visit, be sure to get yourself a precious personalised memento of your trip to Kimberley, the Diamond City.

BBattlefield tour

If you're a battlefields buff, you're in for a treat. The Boers besieged Kimberley for several months during the South African War (also called the Anglo-Boer War), and many battles were fought in the vicinity. Visit the evocative Magersfontein battlefield, dating to 1899, and museum about 30 kilometres from Kimberley.

TTake a Sho’t Left in the Northern Cape. No matter what kind of adventure gets you going and inspires your wanderlust, check out our Northern Cape deals. There's one that’s just for you!

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Northern Cape deals

Northern Cape
ZAR 2232

4* NARIES NAMAKWA RETREAT - NAMAQUALAND PACKAGE (2 NIGHTS) - REF TH2835457

Northern Cape
ZAR 2232
4* NARIES NAMAKWA RETREAT - NAMAQUALAND PACKAGE (2 NIGHTS) - REF TH2835457

Naries is a beautiful, romantic hideaway on the edge of the Spektakelberg between Springbok and Kleinzee.

Northern Cape
Was ZAR 5760
Now ZAR 4800

Couples retreat special

Northern Cape
Was ZAR 5760Now ZAR 4800
Couples retreat special

Luxury safari tented accommodation in central SA, all meals, 2 game drives per day, back and neck massage and private dinner in bush under the stars all for only R4800!

Northern Cape
ZAR 665

Woza Friday at Road Lodge Kimberley

Northern Cape
ZAR 665
Woza Friday at Road Lodge Kimberley

Woza Friday means that any booking made on the last Friday of every month qualifies for a big discount! Just another reason to love Fridays, right?

Northern Cape
ZAR 1162

9-Day Karoo & Kalahari Private Group Package

Northern Cape
ZAR 1162
9-Day Karoo & Kalahari Private Group Package

Our all inclusive 9 day Karoo & Kalahari camping private group package allows you to choose who you want to travel with - and we do all the planning and organising.

Northern Cape
Was ZAR 5000
Now ZAR 2500

!Xaus Lodge

Northern Cape
Was ZAR 5000Now ZAR 2500
!Xaus Lodge

Located in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Northern Cape, !Xaus Lodge is an all-inclusive experience for our guests to feel the majesty of this desert environment.

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