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A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Kimberley, South Africa

 

General Information

Kimberley is the capital city in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.  Kimberley, known as the "Diamond City", is in the centre of South Africa with two national roads leading to it. The N12 (Cape Town via the N1 to the south and Pretoria/Johannesburg to the north) and the N8 going east to west.

Kimberley is was founded in 1871 when diamonds were discovered on a nearby farm named Vooruitzicht (owned by the De Beers brothers). The town was also known as New Rush before it was renamed to Kimberley (after then British Secretary of State for the Colonies Lord Kimberley).

Kimberley was incorporated into the Cape Colony in 1880.  The De Beers Consolidated Mines, organised by Cecil Rhodes, assumed control of the diamond fields in 1888, and its headquarters are still in Kimberley.

 

Accommodation in Kimberley

Accommodation in Kimberley includes hotels, B&B's, Guesthouses and self catering establishments.  Please view the accommodation directory for more information.

 

Activities in Kimberley

Activities and places of interest in Kimberley include:

Kimberley Mine Museum and Big Hole - Consisting of original and carefully reconstructed buildings this open-air museum has preserved a great deal of the city's past. 

Africana Library - Containing a wealth of Africana and other historically significant material, the library offers its visitors valuable insight into the Northern Cape, diamond mining, travel and missionary word and early printed works, including Tswana printing. 

Steam Locomotives - Rhodes's envisaged Cape to Cairo railway passes through Kimberley, and steam train enthusiasts will have a field day when they visit the Beaconsfield Marshalling Yards. Here a few of the steam locomotives in beautiful condition are still to be seen. 

A trip on the tram - For those who would like to travel to the Kimberley Mine Museum in grand old style, a ride on the Kimberley Tram is a must. 

Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Gardens and Diggers Fountain - The Gardens are a memorial to the late Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, diamond magnate and the first elected mayor of the municipality of the city of Kimberley when Beaconsfield and Kimberley were combined into a city in 1912. 

The Peace and Justice Memorial on the Greenpoint Community Square - This very modern memorial on the Square in one of Kimberley’s oldest suburbs, Greenpoint, was unveiled in September 1998 by the then Mayor, Alderman Maria Chwarisang. The sculptor, Kimberley resident Wilfred Delport, originally designed it in 1968 as an appeal to the apartheid government to release all political figures including Nelson Mandela. It was then entitled “The Appeal for Peace and Justice”.

 

Restaurants in Kimberley

There are many restaurants on offer to suit every visitors budget.  There is a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs to choose from!

 

Businesses

Kimberley has a thriving business community and provides a wide range of goods and services to its residents and holiday makers.

See our business directory for a list of businesses in Kimberley, or add your own free business listing.

 

Kimberley Tourism Office Information
Web address: http://www.kimberley.co.za
E-mail: info@kimberley.co.za

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