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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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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.
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).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
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).
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).