This is a guest post by Jack Richardson from Eleventy Traveller Blog.
Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The city is located about 110 km east of the confluence of the Vaal and the Orange Rivers.
This city holds a significant geographical and historical importance, especially due to its diamond mining activities that took place in the past as well as the siege that happened during the Second Boer War.
However, for someone looking for current attractions in this city, there is more to just the historical significance. Join me as I introduce you to some of the reasons why you should discover the city of Kimberley in South Africa.
The McGregor Museum
The McGregor Museum located in Kimberley is indeed the first reason why everyone should discover this city. Formerly referred to as the Alexander McGregor Memorial Museum, this multidisciplinary museum houses both natural and a cultural history.
There are many collections to see both in the fields of botany, herbarium and zoology. If you are looking for certain archeological and rock art collections, this is the one place to be. Take advantage of the regular exhibitions in order to get a glimpse of everything the museum has in store for visitors.
The Flamingo Casino
The Flamingo casino offers an unforgettable gambling experience in this city. It is situated adjacent to the iconic Kimberley Golf Club. The casino operates 24/7 and with its excellent selection of table and slot games, it is one ideal place that makes us want to discover Kimberley. While you are at it, ensure you taste the fantastic steakhouse foods that are served by the restaurants here.
The Big Hole
Also referred to as The Open Mine, Tim Kuilmine or Kimberley mine, this hole is an open-pit as well as underground mine that is believed to be the largest hole ever to be excavated by hand. The hole has a surface of about 17 hectares and a depth of 463 metres. It was initially excavated to a depth of 240 metres though it has since been partially infilled by debris.
What motivated the hand excavation? Well, this hole was once a rich diamond trove and as people scrambled for the precious stone, many lives were lost in the process. The site is, therefore, one of the reasons that makes us want to discover Kimberley.
The Kamfers Dam
This dam is one of the few privately-owned water bodies in the world. With a surface of 400 ha, the dam has emerged as a major breeding site for the lesser flamingos. The exquisites sight of these royal birds will leave you begging for a second visit here.
Other things you are likely to see include a very high concentration of the blue-green algae as well as diatoms. These are intentionally allowed to build up on the dam as they constitute the staple food for the lesser flamingos.
The Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre
The last destination that makes us fall in love with the city of Kimberley in South Africa is the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre. This is a rock engraving center located approximately 16km from Kimberley town.
This heritage site features some of the medieval rock forms as the Bushman rock art. The skills used in the engravings are rather unconventional and are what makes this site a prime tourist destination site. An example of such skills is the greater depiction of large mammals and a reduced interest in the depiction of human forms.