Kimberley attractions

Top Choice Museum in Kimberley

Big Hole

Although the R50 million that turned the Big Hole into a world-class tourist destination came from De Beers, touring the world’s largest hand-dug hole gives an honest impression of the mining industry’s chequered pa…
Archaeological Site in Kimberley

Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre

On a site owned by the !Xun and Khwe San people, who were relocated from Angola and Namibia in 1990, this small sacred hill has 400-plus rock engravings dating back millennia. Visits start with a video detailing the…
Museum in Kimberley

McGregor Museum

This comprehensive museum warrants a visit of an hour or two. It covers the Second Anglo-Boer War and South Africa's role in WWI. The star though is the Liberation Wing, where an incredibly detailed timeline tells t…
Historic Site in Kimberley

Magersfontein

This was the site of an important battle in the Second Anglo-Boer War. There's a small museum, as well as a decent audio-visual exhibit that shows what life in the trenches was like in 1899. It sits southwest of the…
Gallery in Kimberley

William Humphreys Art Gallery

One of the country’s best public galleries, with changing exhibitions of contemporary South African work, as well as a surprisingly good collection of European masters. The cafe (mains R30 to R80) sits in a lovely g…
Gallery in Kimberley

Duggan-Cronin Gallery

This ethnographic gallery holds a wonderful collection of photographs of Southern African tribes taken in the 1920s and 1930s, before many aspects of traditional life were lost. Photographer Alfred Duggan-Cronin liv…
Architecture in Kimberley

Northern Cape Provincial Legislature Building

This striking building was designed to reflect the culture, nature and history of Kimberley and the Northern Cape. The cone-shaped brown tower, studded with tiles and the faces of South African icons, uses the brown…
Museum in Kimberley

Sol Plaatje Museum & Library

This museum, dedicated to activist and writer Sol Plaatje, occupies the house where he lived until his death in 1932. Panels tell the story of his life – he was known for being the first black South African to write…
Museum in Kimberley

Alexander McGregor Memorial Museum

Based in a grand old building in the city centre, this museum focuses on Kimberley's history. There's information on the early settlers and forced removals, but best is the collection of photographs showing the Kimb…
Monument in Kimberley

Honoured Dead Memorial

This sandstone memorial remembers the soldiers who died defending the British-held city in the 124-day Siege of Kimberley, which took place during the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902). The large gun is Long Cecil, …