Adventures in Kimberley
Growing up, we learned a lot about Kimberley, one of the spoken about towns in the Free State of South Africa. The main things people always told us about was the big hole, left behind from one of the biggest open cast mining operations, now filled with water, and of course we just had to see it for ourselves.
Just before visiting the big hole in the ground which Kimberley is most famous for, we explored the Old Town that takes you back to how things used to be during the diamond rush; it is filled with a series of buildings, historical artefacts, and vehicles that have been brought back to life – everything was moved to this location from the original places around town as the previous places became threatened by demolition.
Last but not least, we walked on top of an open-air steel platform that is as big as an actual mining claim, overlooking the breath taking view of Kimberley’s Big Hole which dates back to the 1800s.
The big hole is what remains from a once active open mine that is now covered halfway with water. It is the world’s largest hand-excavated hole standing 463 meters wide, with a surface area of 17 hectares, running 240 meters deep.