The Big Hole
The Big Hole
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
During a visit to the Big Hole in Kimberley, South Africa you will not only see the largest man made hole in the world but also the largest diamond display in the world. Various displays will introduce you to the world of diamond mining and all aspects of diamonds as well as the history of diamonds in South Africa. On show is also the Old Town witch will give you an idea of what Kimberley looked like more than 100 years ago. We have various shops on the site where you could buy curios as well as diamonds and jewellery. Also available is a coffee shop and bar to quench your thirst and hunger. We are fully wheelchair friendly. Open every day of the year from 08:00 to 17:00 Guided tours on offer.
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  • Stay39490897609
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic experience
    A very informative trip, enjoyable and exciting as well thanks to our tour guide, David. It was my second time doing this tour but the guide made it more exciting than the first time. It's especially intriguing if you're interested in South African history and geology. A tour is also suitable for all ages - families, young and old, couples etc.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Pat Chubeka
    Kuruman, South Africa7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely worth returning and bringing even a bigger crew with me, to experience such history of our country.
    We took so many photos, the whole place is amazing. Such a rich history of Kimberley a town not just of diamonds but one of many firsts. The old town is such a treat, especially after the movie. Mr David you, my guy, are the Real Deal. Thank you so very much
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Arshad
    Johannesburg, South Africa62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wish I had diamond.
    Wonderful museum with an informative guide called David who was a blast - pardon the mining joke. My son wanted to see the Big Hole. A real treat for anyone passing through to Cape Town or the other way round to Johannesburg. Stay overnight for a rest.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Kim Windvogel
    Johannesburg, South Africa99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diamonds in the Big Hole
    I've been to the Big Hole before, more than 20 years ago with my parents. But this time I returned with my partner. We arrived just as the previous tour guide had started his tour, so we decided to grab a beer at a local restaurant and wander around the old town before rejoining the tourguide on his next outing. Entrance cost around 140 zar per person for the tour. The story of the big hole is essentially the story of Kimberley and capitalism. The big hole is the biggest man made hole made, ever. Purely for the extraction of diamonds, this period of time was called the Diamond Rush. The tour starts off with a very informative video, that reenacts all the major events of that time and that contextualises the Big Hole for those who will be viewing it. When I came here 25 years ago, the red bridge that is now the lookout point for the hole had not been built, so the experience for those traveling there now, post the De Beers Renovations of the aughts is completely different and definitely upgraded. If you find yourself in Kimberley, take an hour to go view the place that helped establish Kimberley as a town.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 January 2024
  • Mobile23502957817
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have been visiting “the Big Hole” for a few years now with friends and I must say today was fantastic and a education
    I have been visiting “the Big Hole” for a few years now with friends and I must say today was fantastic and a educational experience. Our tourgide Chris Jansen will I allways try to get for the next time my friends and I visit. He has detailed information on everything from the diamonds to tools and when it was used. Thank you for an well informed educational guide Chris Jansen.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
  • thais k
    Copenhagen, Denmark1,635 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant experience
    The actual price for this visit was ZAR140, and that will include a 20 min movie, a guide to show you around and you can walk the "old town". Its a brilliant museum and worth the price indeed. To get some knowledge about the hole itself, and the history of mining in Kimberley was fantastic, and the idea with the old houses to get an idea of miners lives was exiting. You should indeed treat yourself to this museum if you are in Kimberley. There are shops and refreshments at the museum.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Jo K
    Worcester, United Kingdom8,804 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As part of The Blue Train 🚂 experience. January 2024
    As part of our blue train 🚂 journey from Pretoria to Cape Town a stop is made here. The largest man made dug diamond mine. All that work and human suffering for 3 tons of diamonds 💎 over the years. Our tour guide Suzanne was really good and we enjoyed our trip.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 2024
  • GoPlaces01205516600
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable
    Daniel was our tour guide at the Big Hole and he made the experience unforgettable and unbelievably fun! He explained everything so well and made it feel as if we were living in that day and age! Would HIGHLY recommend him!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 February 2024
  • 907mandye
    Lyndhurst, Australia145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see exhibit
    Our second visit to The Big Hole and second time on the tour. David our guide made it very entertaining and informative engaging all those on the tour with fact and fiction - a very funny man. The replica township is a must either before or after giving you that true insight of stepping back in time. The pub in the “town” centre offer excellent pub grub.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 March 2024
  • Passenger30976040814
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Tour guide, David took us through a remarkable finding of the big hole.
    The Tour guide, David took us through a remarkable finding of the big hole which is a renowned world wide Diamond mining field that created work opportunities to the people of Southern Africa. David is more skilled on the presentations he made about the big hole wish him all the best on all the works of life.The Tour guide, David took us through a remarkable finding of the big hole which is a renowned world wide Diamond mining field that created work opportunities to the people of Southern Africa. David is more skilled on the presentations he made about the big hole wish him all the best on all the works of life.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 March 2024
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phumba
Johannesburg, South Africa146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
At R 70 per person just to walk out to see the Big hole this is an expensive experience. The view is nice but not wow. If you are into birding the opportunity to see the Bradfields swift at least adds some value. The full tour promises better value for money but is still not cheap.
However if you count the extensive, and free, museum around the Big Hole as part of the package then paying for the view doesn't seem so bad.
Written 28 April 2021
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GrietMM
Kimberley, South Africa56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
In my years as unofficial “tour guide” to scores of family and friends, both local and international, in the past 32 years, visiting the Big Hole is another in the heartbreaking experiences that Kimberley has become. The entrance price to the Big Hole and “mine” is ridiculous in the South-African context. The introductory film, which confusingly makes no distinction between fact and folklore, is so faint you can hardly see a thing. All exhibits behind that paywall have been stripped of their information plaques, so you have no idea what you are looking at. The fake underground mine area no longer has a tour guide, but no information plaques have been placed in its stead. The underground fake explosion no longer emits any fake fire, just noise. The open museum buildings are very poorly maintained and the exhibits inside are fading due to lack of temperature control. The really interesting exhibits of photos taken during early excavation days, the building of the “Long Cecil” cannon, the wonderful diorama showing how the “koppie” was excavated until it became an open cast mine, all gone. The interactive displays such as the grease belt which you could operate at a price, all broken. Of the tram ride you can only say the tram works, for a short ride along a filthy part of town, turning at a taxi rank. The tram itself falling apart. This is a museum with wonderful potential and still worth a visit. However, being of the wrong heritage at this time, it is badly run, probably underfunded and will fall into ruins with the rest of the city unless a miracle happens.
Written 8 January 2022
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Akhonam
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
We had such an awesome time visiting the big hole under our travel guide, David. He made the whole experience come alive. We were filled with excitement from the beginning. He retold the story of the Kimberly with such dedication and passion, we felt we were part of it. We will definitely visit this attraction again.
Written 26 March 2020
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Joe Johaardien
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This was my second tour with David. The first time was by myself, David had us in stitches. He was very funny, yet the facts and the explanation of it was brilliant. I sent my family pictures and videos. They made me promise them that we will go as a family. We went on Sunday and my wife and daughter can't stop talking about David and the way he guided the tour. Once again a job well done. David's really one of Kimberly's diamonds...(round brilliant)
Written 17 February 2020
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Dagboek
Sydney, Australia72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
A very pleasant experience. Our guide, David, made the tour fun and interactive. He quickly had the whole crowd engaged and entertained. Well done, sir!
The museum was informative and covered many aspects of the Kimberley mining story. The old town and trams were great and the service staff around the village were friendly. I could easily have spent the day there, if I had read and explored with more depth.
I definitely recommend that you visit the amazing Big Hole
Written 4 February 2020
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Kim Windvogel
Johannesburg, South Africa99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I've been to the Big Hole before, more than 20 years ago with my parents. But this time I returned with my partner. We arrived just as the previous tour guide had started his tour, so we decided to grab a beer at a local restaurant and wander around the old town before rejoining the tourguide on his next outing. Entrance cost around 140 zar per person for the tour.

The story of the big hole is essentially the story of Kimberley and capitalism. The big hole is the biggest man made hole made, ever. Purely for the extraction of diamonds, this period of time was called the Diamond Rush.

The tour starts off with a very informative video, that reenacts all the major events of that time and that contextualises the Big Hole for those who will be viewing it.

When I came here 25 years ago, the red bridge that is now the lookout point for the hole had not been built, so the experience for those traveling there now, post the De Beers Renovations of the aughts is completely different and definitely upgraded.

If you find yourself in Kimberley, take an hour to go view the place that helped establish Kimberley as a town.

Written 6 January 2024
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Fernanda D
Durban, South Africa8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Big Hole. We chose to do the guided tour, it costs more but is certainly worth it. Our tour guide, David, is an absolute gem of a man and worth his weight in diamonds. His sense of humour and anecdotes kept our little group of 4 interested and entertained throughout. He made the history of diamond mining come alive for us. Thank you, David, you made our day!
Written 8 March 2020
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Nkulu Mata
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
On a friend's recommendation I did the historical tour which includes 20 mins movie.

David Lesego was the guide I was told to specifically look for and the man didn't disappoint.
He had an in depth knowledge of the city's history, quoting dates and giving a national and global context to the what happened in Kimberley.

His tour was infused with humour and allowed you to stop him at any time to ask questions.
Written 27 December 2022
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Sonke
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Friends
We took a quick viewing right next to the Protea Hotel where we were staying. The staff was amazing and very informing and friendly. Went on a tour with a guide (David) he had a great sense of humor, very passionate about his job, and great people skills. Would definitely recommend for a family trip, or a short left. I really didn't want to leave it was absolutely beautiful.
Written 26 July 2022
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Majubandoda
Johannesburg, South Africa228 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Once again we were extremely happily welcomed to the Big Hole Complex from the car guard, security and ticket office. Everyone was super happy to see us. The sad part is COVID has killed many of the smaller businesses at the complex, however the big hole museum is in full swing and we were very happily entertained. The Big Hole is looking amazing and all the exhibits are world class. Definitely worth spending time there if you are in Kimberley. We all loved it.
Written 29 March 2021
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