Diamantveld Visitor Centre, 121 Bultfontein Road, PO Box 1976, Kimberley, 8300.
Tel: (053) 832-7298 Fax: (053) 832-7211. E-mail: email@example.com
Activities and Attractions
Alexander McGregor Museum
Art Gallery in the Kimberley Mine Museum
Big Hole and Kimberley Mine Museum Tucker Str. A replica of the town during the greatest diamond rush the world has seen. Next to the Big Hole, it houses the "Eureka", the first recorded diamond discovery; ‘616’, at 616 carats the world's largest uncut diamond, and fronts both sides of a cobblestone street passing a church, diggers’ tavern, Barney Barnato’s Boxing Academy, the De Beers Directors’ private railway coach, shops, houses and many other relics of the early mining days. (Daily: 08h00-18h00) Tel (053) 833-1557 or 8394904.
Burgher Monument, The
Cathedral Church of St Cyprian
Concentration Camp Memorial Long Street.
De Beers Head Office Stockdale Str. Once the headquarters of Barney Barnato’s Kimberley Central Diamond Mining Company and a national monument since 1985, it has been in use since Rhodes established the company in 1888.
Driekopseiland More than 3 000 rock engravings, predominantly abstract or entopic designs, relating to San religious experience, are pecked into glacial pavements in the bed of the Riet River near Plooysburg. They are believed to be some 800 to 2 500 years old, the engravings are occasionally submerged by heavy rains. Tel: 053 - 8420099
Duggan Cronin Photo Gallery Egerton Rd. Depicting indigenous cultures and lifestyles, some 8 000 photographs taken by Irishman AM Duggan Cronin between 1919 and 1939 from the core of this invaluable, ethnographic collection. Studies by Jean Morris, Aubrey Elliot and Alice Martens form part of the collection. (Monday-Friday: 09h00-17h00, Saturday: 09:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sunday: 14:00-17:00). Tel: (053) 842 0099.
Dutch Reformed Church
Flea Market Jan Smuts Blvd, opposite Oppenheimer Gardens, first and last Saturday of every month.
Fly-fishing For yellowfish along 200km of unspoilt Vaal River. Tel: (053) 832-7298.
Freddy Tait Golf Museum Kamfer’s Dam.
Honoured Dead Memorial
Kamfersdam Off the Vaal road. The water pan and reed beds are frequented by flamingoes and many species of waterfowl.
Kimberley Club Du Toit Rd. A national monument since 1984, the Kimberley Club was established on 14 August 1882. Among its more illustrious members past and present, it counts CJ Rhodes, Leander Starr Jameson, Charles Dunnell Rudd, Barney Barnato, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer and Harry Oppenheimer. Tel: 053 - 8324224
Kimberley Ghost Trail Visit the haunted corners of a city that was plagued by war and mine disasters. Tel: (053) 832-7298.
Magersfontein Battlefield On the airport road 31,5km from Kimberley. Its original gun positions, trenches and other defences intact, the site of General Piet Cronje’s crushing defeat of Lieutenant-General Lord Methuen, leading a relief column to the besieged Kimberley, was declared a national monument in 1971, the commanding officer of the British forces, Maj-General AG Wauchope, was killed early in the battle between 12 000 British troops and 8 200 Boers entrenched at Magersfontein. The museum preserves 400ha of the terrain and displays uniforms, equipment, weapons, documents and photographs from both armies, bringing one of the Anglo-Boer War’s most important and decisive battles back to life. An observation post, complete with the model of the action, overlooks the battlefield.
Market Square Next to the City Hall, Kimberley developed around this square, formerly the main trading area for the dry diggings. A memorial of balancing rocks commemorates the 1890 departure for Zimbabwe of the Pioneer Column which opened Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) to European settlement.
McGregor Museum Atlas Str. In the Sanatorium, now a national monument, built in 1897 by Rhodes as an hotel and health resort. Rhodes’ home during the four-month siege, it was refurbished and renamed the Hotel Belgrave. A convent school run by the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1933, it became the McGregor Museum’s headquarters in 1971. Natural history, the siege of Kimberley and Griqualand West and a Hall of Religions attract visitors. (Mon-Sat: 09h00-17h00). Tel: (053) 842 0099.
Nooitgedacht Glacial Pavements
Oppenheimer Memorial Gardens and Diggers Fountain
Pioneers of Aviation Memorial
Rhodes’ Statue Du Toitspan Rd. Portrayed as Kimberley citizens knew him, astride his horse, a map of Africa on his lap.
Robert Sobukwe's House
School of Mines
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Sister Henrietta Stockdale Statue
Sol Plaatje’s house In the former Malay Camp – now Kimberley’s Civic Centre – visit the house of one of South Africa’s most famous sons. A founding member of the African National Congress and its first Secretary General, Plaatje started out recording events of the Anglo-Boer War and went on to making significant contributions to South Africa journalism and literature. Tel: 053 - 8332526
Square Hill Memorial
Star of the West
Suffolk Safaris Hunting and fly-fishing. Situated 18 km outside Hopetown. Phone Albert Pretorius, Johan van Wyk or Johan Nel at Tel: (053) 842 0044 or 082 4673101.
Vintage Tram Tel: 053 - 8306260
William Humphreys Art Gallery
Adventure: 4 x 4 - Adventure Bound Egerton , Tel: 053 - 8312659
Adventure: Abseiling - Aquarush, Sel: 083 2363950; Ingwenya Tours, Tel: 056 - 2123308
Adventure: River Rafting & Canoe Trails - Adventure Bound Egerton, Tel: 053 - 8312659; Aquarush, Cell: 083 5861795; Jacels Tours, Cell: 082 5720065
Adventure: Hiking - Egerton Trail, Sel: 082 4934756; Magersfontein Trail, Tel: 053 - 8321001
Adventure: Horse Riding - Middelpos Guest Farm, Cell: 083 2805720
Archaeology & Rockart: Mcgregor Museum, Tel: 053 - 8420099; Dawid Morris, Tel: 053 - 8328355; William Humpreys Art Gallery, Tel: 053 - 8311724
Ghost Trail: Diamond Tours Unlimited, Celll: 083 2654795; Dr Peter Le Sueur, Tel: 053 - 8430017; Jacels Tours, Cell: 082 5720065
Museums: Clyde N Terry Militaria Museum, Tel: 053 - 8327013
Sunset River Cruises: Riva Chestnut, Tel: 053 - 8327298; Die Wilgers, Cell: 082 956 6443
Kimberley Township Wonders: Diamantveld Visitors Centre, Tel: 053 - 8327298
Walking Trails: Belgravia Walking Tour, Tel: 053 - 8420099; Mattanu Walking Trail, Tel: 053 - 8325801
Xu & Khwe San Art Centre: Tel: 053 - 8613381
Wine Cellars: Landzicht Wine Cellar, Tel: 053 - 5910164; Wilreza Private Cellar, Tel: 053-5910213
Kimberley Satour Registered Tour Guides
Fiona Barbour Tel: 053 842 1018
Jean Bothomley Tel: 053 832 4712
Yvonne Dreyer Tel: 053 842 1321 am
Steve Lunderstedt Tel: 053 831 4006
Dirk Potgieter Tel: 053 843 0017
Scotty Ross Tel: 053 832 4083 am
Janet Welsh Tel: 053 842 1321
Jacels Tours - Tour operator, specializing in Ecotours, Photographic & birding, Kalahari & Richtersveld, 4X4 Trails and Kimberley.