Kimberley Diamond Mines is also known as the “Big Hole.” This is the largest diamond mine in the world. Kimberley is the capital city of Northern Cape in South Africa, which can be found near the convergence of Vaal and Orange Rivers. The town made its way into history books not only because of its past with regards to diamond mining but also a siege at the time of the Second Boer War. It is worth mentioning that famous people like Cecil John Rhodes made a fortune at this place. It was also during the early days of this mining town when the De Beers Corporation started its business at the location.
The Kimberley Diamond Mines is so big that it can actually be seen from space. The mine was dug by hand, and its pit has produced some of the largest diamonds in the world, and has made the De Beers famous all over the world. When you visit Kimberley, you will be entertained by a movie that talks about the location and a brief history of the diamond mining industry in Africa. The movie runs for about 17 minutes.
When you visit Kimberley, you will experience a walk on a high platform where you can view the Kimberley Diamond Mines or The Big Hole. Your guide will take you to a ride down to a reproduction of a mining shaft where you can enter into a locked vault. In here, you will see real diamonds in all colors. There is a small museum that chronicles the beginnings of Kimberley. Many people are enamored with the Bible that was hollowed out by the miners in the hopes of smuggling some of the diamonds from the bottom of the mines. This stopped when searches were organized in 1883.
Aside from the historical indulgence when visiting the Kimberley Diamond Mines, you can visit and have a jolly good time at the nearby café, jewelry shops, and, the gift stores.