Walk in the Footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes
An historic tour of Kimberley following in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes, Barney Barnato, Alfred Beit, Dr Leander Starr Jameson and other diamond mining magnates.
The start off point is at the original De Beers Mining Company Boardroom where the imperialist Cecil Rhodes began his quest to control the diamond industry. After viewing Rhodes’ Big Hole – the De Beers Mine – it’s off past Market Square and his first home, and then on to the famous Kimberley Club and the Africana Library to view Rhodes’ corner. Rhodes’ statue will be seen, and stories told of Beit, Jameson and the then Rhodesia. Rhodes’ tree where he sorted diamonds plus Rudd House are next in line before heading off for the Masonic Temple, the Halfway House and the Sanatorium. Stand in Rhodes’ footsteps at the grave of Neville Pickering, and finish the tour at the Head Office of De Beers Consolidated Mines, just down the road from the old Craven Hotel.
You will get much more out of all these tours by booking an accredited tourist guide to accompany you. In addition, we recommend that you visit the NOCCI Tourism Centre at the Big Hole (Tel: 053 8304426) for a detailed tourist guide book and other tourist information.