Kimberley – City of Diamonds

Kimberley – City of Diamonds, Kimberley, South Africa (B)

Did you know that Kimberley (in the Northern Cape) was the very first city in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the first cities in the world to have electric street lights? It actually had electric street lights before London.

This “Strange but true” fact was imparted to us by our tour guide, Frank Dippenaar, as he gave us a tour of The Big Hole Museum in Kimberley.

“I hear they’re bigger than us these days” he continued in a dead-serious tone and everyone burst into laughter.

I’d been to Kimberley about 5-6 years ago and did a tour of the Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum then but our guide at the time was not as entertaining or informative as Frank. He greatly enlightened us on the history of the Diamond City while simultaneously treating us to a laugh a minute.

Diamonds were first discovered in Hopetown in the Northern Cape in 1866. Then, in 1871 a diamond pipe was discovered at the site of the Big Hole in Kimberley, triggering the diamond rush which drew people from all over the world. They descended on the small town in droves, dreaming of fabulous fortunes to be made. Some did, but many others were disappointed. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Kimberley – City of Diamonds
Guide Location: South Africa » Kimberley
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Sara Essop
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Big Hole
  • De Beers Consolidated Diamond Mines