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We did fall asleep last night and found our bed quite comfortable. Our tea and coffee service had been laid out the night before, so enjoyed some caffeine as we dressed. Breakfast is full service in the dining car, then we relaxed in the lounge until we reached Kimberley, Home of the Big Hole. We are in diamond country!! Kimberley was in its heyday in the late 1800's. A diamond rush had been created and ...
... station -- about a 20 minute ride. We then took a taxi to our hotel. All in all, the transition went smoothly and was about $20 less expensive than paying the hotel transportation. Upon arrival at the hotel but, "what to our wondering eyes appeared but a HUGE mall thru the hotel's rear". We, of course, visited the mall after showers and found a ...
Today began as yesterday. Elsa and Leon brought coffee, juice and snack to the room before Leon left for work. I spent an hour trying to catch up with the blog. If I let it go for a day, it will probably just fade into the woodwork. After breakfast we drove about 10 miles to the Tarentaalrand Animal Farm. This place consists of an area which contained a variety of animals like monkeys and ...
... 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 ...
... through Stellenbosch and all the wineries on the gently slopping hills until the N1 and Wellington, where we turned North East.
The road here climbed up through the Huguenot Mountains and into a long tunnel and finally out into a memorable and dramatic gorge. The scenery here was spectacular with the peaks and the fruit farms in the valleys below. However all too soon we left this area and entered flat desolate bush land. This scenery was ...
Other places to stay in Kimberley
The Kimberley Big Hole, West Circular Road, Kimberley | 4 star hotelfrom $67
19 Old De Beers Road, Kimberley | 3 star hotelfrom $57
15 Yente Street, Kimberley | 3 star hotelfrom $52
N18 Main Road, Kimberley | Hotelfrom $29
35 Currey Street, Kimberley | Hotelfrom $83
120 Du Toitspan Road, Kimberley | 3 star hotelfrom $102