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May 8, 2012 - Trans-Karoo

I woke up at around 7am. I packed my staff and arranged my things and had breakfast. I had my pick up arranged for 10.30am. I got to the station in good time and waited their for the train. It wasn’t busy. The train arrived in good time and I got on. Luckily I had only 1 compartment mate. He was a man around his 50s visiting his daughter who was studying down south. He was a very nice guy and we spent a lot of time talking. The family in the next compartment were really nice southafricans too. The people on the other side where quite...

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Hakuna Matata

Oct 21, 2008 - a day trip to Kimberely

Today we did our last site-seeing in South Africa and drove 160km to Kimberley. Darren works at several sites just near here and so is a frequent visitor to this town. Kimberley is the capital city of the Northern Cape Province and famous for the world's biggest man-made hole, the Open Mine, where diamond hunters worked their claims long ago. Apparently, “it is a city that's boasting with a rich history”. Not only is this the City of Diamonds, but it also played a big part during the Anglo Boer War of 1899 - 1902. Kimberley is often...

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Jun 17, 2008 - Kimberley

6-17 Went to bus station to ck on Thur schedule – lv at 7 arr in Durban 2:30 for 400 R add in taxi costs etc and we figure it’s again break even so we extend car rental. Bon went to internet to ck into options & emailed agencies for Central Asia which specialize in handling independent trips. We also downloaded the China visa forms. Plan is to go to Durban Thur in time to see if India is ready and check China…maybe apply Fri – takes 5 days. Noon we left for Kim. Arriving at 2 . Even w/ 3 maps this town is difficult to find anything. Signage...

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Africa Plus

Dec 15, 2007 - South Africa - Kimberley

Off bright and early we headed out for Kimberley up past the Karoo National Park which covers over 33,000 hectares of natural dry landscape. Kimberley is where De Beers Consolidated Mines was established, where Cecil John Rhodes and Ernest Oppenheimer (Mining magnet and mayor of Kimberley) made their fortunes. Even after over a century the town is still very synonymous with diamonds and mining. Heading straight for the Big Hole Project we took in a short movie on the history of the area and also the hole itself. It lays claim to being one...

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Oct 27, 2006 - Kimberley

So there was meant to be about one thing to see in Kimberley, and it fitted nicely with our route towards the next stop, Lesotho, namely The Big Hole. It doesn't sound that interesting, but thought it might be worth a stop. We get to Kimberley to find, naturally enough, that the Big Hole was shut. Hard to believe there would be a need to close what is basically a huge hole in the ground but I suppose it had to happen at some point in the trip. Fortunately it left more time to watch the cricket and see South Africa progress safely to the...

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Begbies on Tour

Dec 2, 2004 - KIMBERELY, SOUTH AFRICA: Diamonds Are Forever

Copyright 2004 David Rich 1100 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com KIMBERLEY, SOUTH AFRICA: D i a m o n d s a r e F o r e v e r Once upon a time diamonds were super rare, not sprinkled around every Zales on the corner. But in 1866 on a remote South African farm that began to change. The farmer's children gave a pretty rock to neighbor von Niekerk who gave it to trader O'Reilly who gave it to assayer Atherson, a quadruple play resulting in Eureka, a 21-plus carat diamond. The world's largest diamond rush began with the shout of 'Eureka', 22...

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