Protea Hotel Kimberley

Address: The Kimberley Big Hole, West Circular Road, Kimberley, Northern Cape, 8301, South Africa | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel is located on The Kimberley Big Hole, West Circular Road, Kimberley.
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    Travel Blogs from Kimberley

    Riding the Rails

    A travel blog entry by kastang on Apr 04, 2015

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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 ...

    Kimberly to Johannsburg

    A travel blog entry by jim-carol on Jan 16, 2015

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    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 ...


    A travel blog entry by jim-carol on Jan 15, 2015

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    ... 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 ...

    The Big Hole

    A travel blog entry by jim-carol on Jan 14, 2015

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    ... 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 ...

    In search of diamonds

    A travel blog entry by mikeandmary on Sep 03, 2014

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    ... 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 ...