Kick Off Your Adventures by Safari Jeep on Private Tour of Kimberley
You will have a Diamond of an Adventure when you go on a Private Tour of Kimberley which is capital to the South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. This city is or was very well known for diamond mining in the 19th century.
Kimberley is steeped in semi-desert beauty and a place to find solitude in a destination of large skies and bold hues, from red earth to golden grasses.
Apart from diamond mines and their history, there are other exciting places to visit just outside Kimberley. The Kalahari (Kgalagadi) Transfrontier Park which is one of the world’s largest wilderness areas is only six hours away from the town of Kimberly. An area that has been described by many as having red dunes and dry rivers with amazing wildlife that includes the likes of wildebeest, springbok, raptors and black-maned Kalahari lions.
Another excellent place to visit a few hours outside of Kimberley when on a holiday or backpacking, is Augrabies Falls National Park. See the Orange River dive into a gaping gorge at the sixth largest waterfalls in the world.
Top Things to See and Do in Kimberley
Diamonds Are Forever So Take a Sightseeing Tour of Kimberly's Diamond History
Diamonds Are Forever
Kimberley was once the world’s capital of diamonds at the end of the nineteenth century and the turn of the twentieth century. It was the people who made their millions from diamond mining in Kimberley who financed the Witwatersrand goldfields. Kimberley will ‘forever’ be known for its Diamond history and for its biggest attraction (literally) The Big Hole. During the diamond excavations, this world largest man-made hole was created.
Travel Tips for Kimberley
The cooler months in Spring which are August and September or in Autumn months March and April are recommended. These months are ideal for sightseeing tours or guided tours. Kimberley can get extremely hot during the Summer months of December all the way to March and therefore it can be a bit uncomfortable travelling on tours but if the heat is what you like then this is your ideal time. The Winters are very cold in Kimberley.
Probably the most expensive thing about South Africa is getting there because when you are there, it is relatively inexpensive. The biggest expense is likely to be accommodation, but if you are not too fussy you can get a night in a b&b, with an evening meal, that is basic but clean for around $70. The price of private tours or sightseeing tours will vary depending on the time of the year you are there but also they may vary between operators too.
There is nowhere in the world that is free of crime, so when in South Africa be careful of your belongings. Only carry enough money to do you for the day and keep it somewhere safe on your person and always be aware of your surroundings. Never walk alone at night in unpopulated dark areas. Tipping in restaurants and bars is between 10-15 percent but never feel obliged to leave a tip if the service was not any good.
The climate in Kimberley is mainly continental which is hot wet summers (December, January and March) and dry, mild winters (June, July and August) There is a high possibility that the infrequent rain in the summer will form the odd severe thunderstorms. Also do not be surprised if the winter temperatures at night drop to below freezing. March is the wettest month and January is the hottest month of the year.