Kimberly, Diamonds and the Big Hole

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Well with Magersfontein behind us it was now time to head to the next attraction in Kimberley which is possibly the most famous as well-the Big Hole. Kimberley is a town steeped in history and one could spend days exploring it ,however we were on a real “whistle stop” day tour so had to cram in as much as we could. The Big Hole was actually a koppie until mining operations took place, it yielded around 2000 kilograms of diamonds and roughly 22 million tons of earth was excavated.

Our first stop was at the quaint little pub known as the “Star of the West” where we had a quick bite before visiting the Big Hole. It was here that the miners used to pop in to fortify themselves before and after work. Then off to the old town, a collection of historic buildings, a garage with old cars, food outlets and pubs.

It’s a worthwhile experience; one can hear the sound of the honky tonk piano as well as the old wooden skittles in the nearby skittle alley. Then into the visitors centre for a coffee and a quick picture of the fire engine in front of the pulsator building before going through the turnstiles to the viewpoint on a beautifully constructed gantry, here you can see the pea green waters 100’s of metres below you and see the Kimberly skyline opposite you. A few quick pictures of the displays and then it was back to the car for our last stop before hitting the blacktop back to Jozi.

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Glyn Demmer

My first 4x4 was a Nissan Hardbody thereafter I started travelling all over the country. In 1992 we held a big 4x4 day with hundreds of Nissan families, and then the 4x4 bug really bit. A friend Monty Brett and I started running 4x4 courses at the Hennops Off-road Trail just outside of Johannesburg. At first we offered day-and-a-half courses that started on Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday afternoon. Hannes Grobler the Rally Ace regularly assisted, and we reached a nice balance between our two styles and our skills.

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