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Kimberly is the capital city of the Northern Cape is often referred to as the
City of Diamonds. The memories of Kimberley’s days as a tent town still
linger today. Many old buildings, museums and one of South Africa’s most
important art galleries pay homage to the days of the diamond rush.
The route traverse through the towns of Warrenton, Kimberley, Hopetown, Britstown, Victoria West along the N12, and It is the perfect stopover for
travellers between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Stop along the route to trace the rich mining history of the Diamond Fields region. The capital city of Kimberley became home to the Diamond Rush
about 150 years ago when an 83-carat diamond was discovered on
Colesburg Kopje. Your visit to Kimberley should include a visit to The Big Hole – the largest hand-dug excavation in the world and take a ride on the vintage tram – the only tram still running in the country. Follow along the
historical mile and visit some of the oldest state homes, famed museums
The route offers a myriad national game and nature reserves where visitors can enjoy fly-fishing kayaking, mountain biking, trail running, game drives and world class birding A good stop over along the route is Mokala National
Park, Britstown for breakfast stop and Victoria West which was named after Queen Victoria of England, a great stop over for lunch or overnight.
Should your route take you to the Eastern Cape you will pass through the small town of Hanover and encounter South Africa’s largest privately owned Karoo nature reserve. Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve
Contact: +27 (0)82 567 9211.
The Battlefields Route allows visitors to relive the war between Great Britain
and the Boer Republics of Transvaal and the Orange Free State from 1899 to 1902. The Northern Cape played a decisive role in the war with the famous
Kimberley siege and many of the major battles of the Western Campaign taking place within 120 kilometres of Kimberley.
The details of the siege, including the victories and setbacks suffered by can be relived at the Magersfontein and McGregor Museums. Included among these are the Battles from Orange River Station, including Modder River, Magersfontein, Belmont, Graspan. The town Modder River lies 39km south of Kimberley near the confluence of the Riet and Modder rivers. The
town has three monuments commemorating the Anglo-Boer War Battle of Modder River in the vicinity.
By visiting the many battlefields and talking to the local inhabitants, a visitor
is able to picture that distant war and bring it to life, recapturing the trials and
tribulations of all who were concerned with the war.