Day 1 (late evening)
Kimberley, Nothern Cape
So we took a day trip into Kimberley whilst the Train stopped to refuel and resupply. Kimberley, though once a prominent mining town, is now home to…well nothing but the big hole. It’s kind of a ghost town, old in age and in appearance too.
The town has a rich history from the first discovery of a diamond in South Africa to it becoming the place to be for mining and it’s affiliates. (A little history for you)
The big hole is kind of just that, a big hole. You know that feeling you get when standing high above the ground, sort of like your tummy turns inside out just from looking down? Yeah that’s exactly how I felt standing however-many-meters above the surface of the waters down below.
The whole was used to get down to further diamond pockets and reserves through a tunnel network however these tunnels have now since flooded by rising water from the water table (makes sense right? Well kind of? Suppose you know what I mean)
It is situated in the old town that originated around the Hole, timely looking just like its surrounding settings. Buildings that date back to the 20th century are scattered around the plot. Walking through the empty (since it was closed for the public holiday) ghost town, one could feel the presence of our predecessors. Pushing their carts to and fro the dusty streets. All in search of the glory and money associated with Diamond excavation. Scary to think people made their way there from across South Africa just for the hopes of Diamonds. Sounds way too similar to the story of my City, Johannesburg and the gold rush. Anyway the town marks the endless tireless go getters that set their minds in mining the best of the best from Kimberley!
All round great educational trip! Learnt a bit more about the country I live in. I feel very enlightened
With nerdy love