Protea Hotel Kimberley

West Circular Road, Kimberley, Northern Cape, 8301, South Africa | 4 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Kimberley

Off the backpacker trail

A travel blog entry by stevehumphreys


... is no timetable, they only leave when full. On busy routes that can mean waiting half an hour, for less popular destinations a lot longer. They are also pretty cramped, not ideal when carrying a large backpack.

This morning I took a minibus from Bloemfontein to Kimberley. Worked out pretty well, only 30min wait, and they even had a trailer for luggage. Arriving in Kimberley you could almost believe it was ...

Day 3

A travel blog entry by conocol


... of the hole. Also the entrancing colour of the water at bottom of the pit, it was a sort of emerald green colour. During that viewing our tour guide told us that the Hole was in fact 215m deep! She then took us down a mine to show us the conditions and what happened down there. We then walked into a huge room with real diamonds and lots off information. We then returned to the hotel to get dressed ...

Day 2

A travel blog entry by conocol


Hello Everyone

The drive from Beaufort West to Kimberley was further than the previous one but was more pleasant. The drive was 500km! Fin and I watched two movies, which included R.I.P.D. and Madagascar 3.
While we were driving I was struck by the sheer vastness of the Karoo. There were numerous livestock, mainly sheep, in the Karoo and it was very interesting to watch the landscape go by. We saw two veld fires along the way, in the distance, but luckily they ...

Day 39 - Chasing The Mirage.

A travel blog entry by simonannals


... the driver had temporarily nodded off, because as we were to find, it is very easy to fall asleep (and Jackie did) out of boredom. The roads are very long and very straight and all you can see is a mirage in the distance. The authorities had erected hundreds of signs warning of tiredness, put rumble strips across the road and built rest/picnic spots every few miles. Every so often we were sideswiped by a violent gust of wind and we occasionally had to stop for roadworks that helped ...

Shine bright like a diamond

A travel blog entry by touring-taurean


... of Kimberley and its famous BIG HOLE. You're not going to believe this but it really is a big hole. In the ground. The first half of it was excavated by hand. A gantry overhanging the hole allows you to peer in. Gantry moves as people walk along. Which doesn't feel very safe.

Tour guide is Scottish. Despite living in Kimberley since 1968 he still has a strong Scottish accent. He was a journalist working for the Glasgow Herald. Somehow got a job at a newspaper in Rio de Janeiro. ...

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This 4 star hotel is located on West Circular Road, Kimberley.
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