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Kimberley Guide

Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape, is located in the central region of South Africa, between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Kimberley was established in the late 19th century, in response to a diamond rush, and is bursting with historical and cultural attractions, most notably the Big Hole.

At 180m deep, the Big Hole is the largest man-made excavation in the world, and has produced more than 14.5 million carats of diamonds since mining began there. On the western side of the Big Hole is the Kimberley Mine Museum, a reconstruction of the town in its diamond mining heyday, over a century ago.

The city also boasts many old buildings, museums and monuments, some pertaining to the Anglo-Boer war, such as the Honoured Dead Memorial, commemorating those who lost their lives during the 124-day Kimberley siege at the beginning of the 1899 - 1902 war. Among the numerous historical buildings are the Kimberley Club, which was constructed in 1881, and was declared a national monument in 1984, and the Kimberley City Hall, established in 1899.

Other places of interest are the Alexander McGregor Museum, the Cathedral Church of St Cyprian and the elegant 1897 manor home known as Dunluce. There are also a number of art galleries, including the Duggan Cronin Gallery, the Art Gallery in the Kimberley Mine Museum and the William Humphreys Art Gallery.

Leisure activities on offer in the city include cricket, tennis, bowls, squash, golf and a wide range of shopping facilities.

Kimberley is surrounded by sites of important battles in the Anglo-Boer war, the most significant being the siege of Kimberley and Magersfontein, where trench warfare was used by the Boers for the first time. Also nearby is the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, 15kms northwest of Kimberley, where ancient San paintings and engravings can be viewed, and the Nooitgedacht Glacial Pavings in Barkly West, about 30kms away.

Kimberley is situated approximately five hours' drive from Johannesburg on the N12 highway. From Cape Town, the journey is several hours longer, along the N1 to Beaufort West, and then the N12. Various coaches and buses, such as Translux and Greyhound, connect Kimberley to other parts of the country on a regular basis. Trains also stop at Kimberley on the route between Cape Town and Johannesburg, and frequent flights link the city with Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, East London and Bloemfontein.

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Is the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by at this location
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