Top things to do in Kimberley

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…
Top Choice South African in Kimberley

Fusion Gardens

Specialising in traditional cuisine like oxtail, snoek (a type of mackerel), tripe and trotters and chicken's feet, Fusion offers a welcome break from Kimberley's usual menus. Based in a tree-filled garden in Galesh…
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…
Pub Food in Kimberley

Halfway House

After a revamp, 'The Half' has sadly lost a little of its soul. Dating back to 1872, this was once one of Cecil Rhodes' watering holes and today it might be the world’s only 'drive-in' bar, stemming from Rhodes’ ins…
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…
Pub Food in Kimberley

Occidental Grill Bar

With a long bar and B&W photos of old-time prospectors, this Victorian-era saloon is a fun place to pause on a Big Hole tour. Dishes include fish and chips, curry and burgers. 'The Ox' also has Kimberley's best …
International in Kimberley

Rhodes Grill

Wear closed shoes and smart-casual dress to eat among Rhodes memorabilia in the one-time gentlemen's club he founded, now a boutique hotel. South African specialities like oxtail, kudu loin and Cape Malay curry star…
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…