Kimberley Shines Bright Like A Diamond In The Northern Cape
When you think of Kimberley, you probably think of the ‘Big Hole’. Although this is probably one of the main highlights here, Kimberley has many other exciting attractions, upcoming events and wonderful things to do.
Originally a diamond mining town, Kimberley’s ‘Big Hole’ was hand dug in the plight to mine diamonds hidden deep below the surface. The Big Hole is just over a kilometer deep and has a total surface area of 17 hectares. Not only is the view from the lookout point here simply breathtaking but the De Beers mine tour that takes you underground is absolutely fascinating and definitely worthwhile.
Kimberley is the Capital of the Northern Cape and is a stunning city filled with tree lined streets, beautiful parks, lovely hotels and plenty of trendy shopping spots.
The Ghost trail is very popular amongst tourists and locals alike and allows you the opportunity to discover the haunted parts of the city and explore more of Kimberley’s history. The museums and art galleries are brimming with interesting exhibits while the Town Hall is a stunning example of late 18th century architecture.
If you are looking for a great bite to eat, make your way to Annabell’s Restaurant. Not only is the service magnificent, but is it decorated beautifully inside and of course the food is exquisite. Why not try the garlic snails or jalepeno poppers for a starter then perhaps a juicy steak, pizza, pasta or chefs specialty for your main. Try save room for one of the yummy desserts too, if you can!
If you happen to be visit in November, you may like to take part in or at least support the annual Louise Jooste Memorial Half Marathon and 10km race. All proceeds from the day go towards CANSA and the event itself is organized by the Pirates Club. If you prefer a bit more adventure why not creep just outside of Kimberley along the Vaal River and join the Ghaap River Xtreme in Douglas, which takes place from 4-6 October every year. This charity event is filled with exciting activities from road races, marathons, wake-boarding, helicopter rides, volleyball challenges, paintball, barefoot skiing and so much more. Not only are the activities riveting, but there are a variety of stalls at the event where you can enjoy wine tasting and sample some tasty treats.
There is no shortage of accommodation in Kimberley. You can choose to stay in one of the lush hotels, a number of bed & breakfasts or cater for yourself at the one of the many self-catering establishments. No matter what you choose, you are bound to have an outstanding visit filled with excitement and will certainly leave with very fond memories and the desire to come back soon.