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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
Was ZAR 190
Now ZAR 114

Valentines Weekend Special - Namaqua National Park

Northern Cape
Was ZAR 190Now ZAR 114
Valentines Weekend Special - Namaqua National Park

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a 40% discount on new online bookings for stays at a selection of parks and camps.

Northern Cape
Was ZAR 1370
Now ZAR 822

Valentines Weekend Special - Mokala National Park (1)

Northern Cape
Was ZAR 1370Now ZAR 822
Valentines Weekend Special - Mokala National Park (1)

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a 40% discount on new online bookings for stays at a selection of parks and camps.

Northern Cape
Was ZAR 1050
Now ZAR 630

Valentines Weekend Special - Mokala National Park

Northern Cape
Was ZAR 1050Now ZAR 630
Valentines Weekend Special - Mokala National Park

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a 40% discount on new online bookings for stays at a selection of parks and camps.

Northern Cape
ZAR 1100

Rogge Cloof stay "Under the Stars"

Northern Cape
ZAR 1100
Rogge Cloof stay "Under the Stars"

Experience the "Nothingness" of the Karoo and amazing star lit skies.

Northern Cape
ZAR 3000

Moonlite Family Members Edition

Northern Cape
ZAR 3000
Moonlite Family Members Edition

A family affair glamping experience filled with fun and adventure plus outdoor activities.

Northern Cape
ZAR 690

Horseback safaris

Northern Cape
ZAR 690
Horseback safaris

Enjoy a guided horseback ride to experience some of our Northern Cape scenery and wildlife at Mattanu. A horseback safari at Mattanu is a must!

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