2019 Aug/Sept. South Africa, Scotland, Switzerland, Singapore travel blog

The Big Hole, Kimberley

Details of the Big Hole

Thousands of Flamingos

Day 7. Tuesday. Matjiesfontein to Klerksdorp

Although there is an electric blanket on the bed we didn’t use it, just piled on the doonas, but it was freezing this morning. Passed through De Aar at 8am. We’re travelling through countryside which could be inland Australia - wide, open, flat, low shrubs, few trees, few dirt roads, few houses, some sheep and cattle. Not many villages, the occasional cluster of small abandoned brick houses, then an irrigated area with sprinklers and beautiful green crop. Silos and hundreds of yellow plastic encased rolls of cotton.

After lunch we went to the Big Hole at Kimberley Diamond mine and heard its history. He acknowledged the pink Argyle diamond and its beauty and value, and talked about how De Beers still control the world-wide diamond market. Step out of line, as did Argyle, and we’ll pull you into line! We’ve found that the local guides we’ve had have all been very passionate and this one was no different, to the point that our Tour Leader had to put a stop to him as we were overdue back on the train. This meant that we didn’t get to look at the shop to admire the jewellery which was a shame. We did go into the vault and see some of the beautiful diamonds, and although they were beautiful, they weren’t set.

After dinner cocktails in the lounge/bar and farewell to new friends/acquaintances.

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