The Big Hole


The Big Hole is an open cast mine situated outside Kimberley in the Northern Cape. The mine is one of the largest holes excavated by hand in the world. Digging began at the site in 1871, and since then over 2722 kilograms of diamonds have been excavated. The mine is 214 metres deep and has a surface area of 17 hectares.

Featuring many attractions including the Old Town, a collection of historic buildings, the Big Hole provides visitors with an insight into the life of the early miners. The complex also features the diamond vault where you are able to view the largest display of diamonds in the world.

Map of The Big Hole