Protea Hotel Kimberley
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- Swimming pool
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... and the actual big hole has not been depleted. It is now more productive to mine in Botswana, but they may reopen this at a later date. In the meantime, the hole is filled with water to stabilize the land. We had a fantastic local guide to share the stories of the diamond boom and the challenges Kimberley now faces. We were greeted at the train station with sparkling wine, then enjoyed another lovely ...
Today is a travel day and an afternoon of rest. Our flight left Kimberly at 8:25am. We haven't flown a turboprop in a number of years. The ride to Johannasburg was smooth and uneventful. If/when we visit Kimberly again, we will look into taking the train from/to Johannsburg. From O R Tambo airport, we took the relatively new "Gautrain" to ...
... in the Boer War. A relatively small band of farmers defended Kimberly from a large, well armed army of British. On the road out, we spotted Élan, Spring Bok, Sable and a Wart Hog with 3 little babies. Unfortunately, we could only spend 30 minutes at the battlefield but, it was a memorable experience none the less. Our last adventure of the day was dinner at the Kimberly Club. This ...
... shafts under the pit to actually mine the diamonds. We saw a movie depicting the history of the Hole and the town and then took a tour which included going thru a simulated mine shaft complete with explosions and other noise (a la Disney) and swing the different types, colors and cuts of diamonds. The highlight was going into a room sized vault where a number of real diamonds were displayed. They also built a full model of early Kimberly where you could walk 3 or 4 blocks ...
... takes us to the mineshaft
at the bottom. They kept the original noise which we heard as we went
down for almost 3 minutes. On leaving the lift we entered into a
cleaned up( purpose built) mine tunnel to see what it was like to
mine there. We eventually walked out of the mine into the museum
where we found we had only gone down one level in reality. The museum
showed various old artefacts ...