Dug out manually by 50,000 miners, The Big Hole is an example of open-pit mining, now filled with water. When the diamond mine closed in 1914, the site--possibly the world's deepest hand-dug hole--became a popular tourist attraction. You can take a guided tour to learn more about the area's mining history and see a reconstruction of a typical mining settlement from the 1880s. An elevator can take you down a disused shaft--you may want to skip this if you're at all claustrophobic. Make The Big Hole part of your personalized Kimberley itinerary using our Kimberley vacation maker site.
Create an itinerary including The Big Hole
The Big Hole reviews
There are lots of cool stuff, that were used in early years trams,old cars etc. It's a great place to visit with your family. You can easily get someone to explain everything for you. Security are there 24/7...
Very pleased to see local government ostensibly understands the inherent economic value of SA heritage. Thank you for neat facilities and preservation of SA history. Will visit again if status quo remains. Please provide outside assistants with employer identity cards for safety reasons.
Plan your trip to Kimberley
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Kimberley
Hidden gems in Kimberley
Side trips from Kimberley
Nearby attractions in Kimberley
Museums in Kimberley
Parks in Kimberley
Trips to The Big Hole by other users
4 days in Bloemfontein BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Kimberley Mine Museum The Big Hole Oliewenhuis Art Museum 11 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Kimberley Hopetown Sutherland 4 days in Northern Cape BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Upington Springbok Augrabies Falls National Park 11 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Kimberley Hopetown Sutherland 9 days in Northern Cape BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Upington Augrabies Falls National Park Sutherland 2 days in Kimberley BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA The Big Hole Kimberley Mine Museum McGregor Museum