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Kimberley Diamond Mine

The World's Largest Diamond Mine in Kimberley, South Africa

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Kimberley, South Africa, is home to the world’s largest diamond mine, also known as the “Big Hole.” Dug by humans and so large it is visible from space, the pit has yielded some of the world’s largest diamonds and made the De Beers name famous world wide.

At Kimberley visitors can view a 17-minute movie about the location and the history of diamond mining in Africa. They also get to walk out on a high platform to view The Big Hole, take a ride down a faux mining shaft, enter a locked vault to view genuine diamonds of all colors, and visit a small museum. We particularly liked the hollowed out Bible used by some miners to smuggle diamonds out of the mine until 1883, when searches were instituted.

There is also a café, gift and jewelry shops, and many structures and artifacts left from the days when Kimberly was a thriving mining town. Visitors can walk the eerily empty streets of the company town and step into the modest home where the De Beers family lived.

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Entrance to KimberleyKimberley Mine StatisticsThe Big HoleKimberley Mine Map
Diamond Mining MachineryKimberley Diamond MuseumSouth African Diamond Mining TownDiamond Miners' Huts
Kimberley's Oldest HouseDe Beer GravestoneKimberley Diamond BuyerKimberley Bank
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Susan Breslow Sardone

Susan Breslow Sardone
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