Kimberley (Northern Cape)

Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Amongst other things, it is famous for its Big Hole, the world's largest hand-dug excavation that was created when thousands of people searched for diamonds at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. By 14 August 1914 22,7 billion kg of rock had been excavated, yielding 2722 kg of diamonds.

The Big Hole.

Get in

By car

The N12 links Kimberley with Johannesburg (about 500km to the north-east) and Cape Town (about 1000km to the south-west).

The N8 links Kimberley with Bloemfontein (about 160km to the east) and Upington (about 400km to the west).

Bus services are available to and from most parts of the country.


By plane

Kimberley Airport ((IATA: KIM)) serves the city and flights to some of South Africa's major cities are available with South African Airways.

By train

The train station is in Quinn Street to the east of the city centre.

Spoornet operates regular inter-city trains to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Durban and Mafikeng. You can also get to Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown and East London by changing trains in Bloemfontein.


Kimberley and its environs have a very wide variety of tourist attractions and museums from which the visitor can choose. A selection of these can be seen at Kimberley's Unofficial web.

Old time pub exhibit in the Open Mine Museum.


Kimberley has a very wide variety of restaurants from which the visitor can choose.


Kimberley has a very wide variety of pubs from which the visitor can choose.


Kimberley has a very wide variety of hotels, backpacker hostels, lodges, guest houses and bed & breakfast establishments from which the visitor can choose.

Go next

Get to know the Karoo around Kimberley.

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