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The capital of the North Province, Kimberley is most famous for its Big Hole, the world’s largest hand-dug excavation that was created when thousands of people searched for diamonds at the end of the 19th century and by August 1914, the dig had excavated 2722kg of diamonds. On the western side of the hole, you’ll find the Open Mine Museum, made up of original and reconstructed buildings, the museum offers a slice of Kimberley’s mining history and culture and offers some hands on experiences. At the museum you can see Eureka, South Africa’s first recorded diamond, have fun sifting through diamond bearing gravel for your own diamond and take part in a diamond mining operation. Nature lovers will enjoy Flamingo Island, found north of the city; the island is home to over 50% of Africa’s Lesser Flamingo population and is one of the only places in Africa they are known to breed. Those interested in Bar/Pub history might like to pay a visit to The Halfway House Inn; a drive through pub, believed to be the only one left in the world and The Star of the West; one of the country’s oldest pubs that was declared a national monument in 1990. Further attractions in Kimberley include; William Humphries Art Gallery; one of the most important galleries in South Africa, Harry Oppenheimer House; although not open to the public, this diamond sorting house is a must see for all the windows were positioned facing south and Kimberley City Hall; completed in 1899.