Kimberley, Northern Cape
Kimberley can be found in the Northern Cape region of South Africa and is also the capital city of the Province. The Northern Cape Province covers quite a large area with a number of smaller to larger towns, but Kimberley remains the largest city in the region. Many know about Kimberley because of the diamond mining that went on in the area. The city was also the location of Africa’s very first stock exchange, it was known as The Kimberley Royal Stock Exchange.
The area become world famous for the Kimberley Mine, thousands came to mine in the region, which later became the ‘Big Hole’. The city is today the seat of Provincial Legislature and Administration for the Northern Cape Province. Much of the city is geared towards the tourist industry, and showcases many museums, heritage sites, memorials and monuments. The De Beers Head Office and the Kimberley City Hall are considered heritage sites amongst others. The Big Hole is a popular historical landmark itself.
Some other attractions in the area include the Kamfers Dam, which lies a short distance to the north of the city. The area is a wetland that is home to many flamingos, the Dam has seen a few struggles over the years including flooding and a sickness amongst the birds, but it has thankfully bounced back again. There is also the Makala National Park, a reserve located south-west of the city.
The City has a number of primary, tertiary and higher education Institutions, the Flamingo Primary School, Kimberley Boys and Girls High School to name a few. Kimberley is also home to the Sol Plaatje University, which has also been referred to as the University of the Northern Cape. Kimberley also has the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre, where a number of important meetings have been held. The Conference Centre is relatively new, but offers top class facilities and services. You will also find a number of churches including the Kimberley Bikers Church.
There are a number of houses, commercial properties and apartments for sale in the region. Depending on what area or suburb within Kimberley, properties can vary greatly in price. In areas like Hillcrest, which is a more recent development, a three bedroom home can sell for about R2 million. On the other hand a house in North Kimberley can sell for under R1 million.
The city also offers quite a few popular restaurants and accommodation offers. You have the Protea Hotel by Marriott adjacent to ‘The Big Hole’ as well as the Kimberley Anne Hotel. Kimberley also has a variety of entertainment options including the Northern Cape Theatre, and the Flamingo casino. While visiting Kimberley, it is a good idea to go on some interesting tours of the region. Enjoy a historical walk, go on a fascinating Ghost tour, or follow the footsteps of the famous Cecil John Rhodes.
Kimberley has also contributed to the sport scene in South Africa. There have been a number of swimming, cycling, skate boarding, cricket and rugby athletes who came from the area. The city also hosted a cricket match for the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup.