Things To Do in KimberleyHonoured Dead Memorial
Where? Dalham Road, Kimberley, 8301, Northern Cape
How much? Free
South Africa is a country rich in culture, history and heritage. This is plainly seen by its many monuments and other testimonies to times and peoples of the past. The Honoured Dead Memorial is one of these, and considered by some to be the best monument in the country. It is situated at the highest point in Kimberley in the Northern Cape and was constructed using the sandstone of the Matopo Hills in Zimbabwe (known then as Rhodesia).
The Honoured Dead Memorial is the work of Sir Herbert Baker, a well-known architect who was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes to create this monument. This was with the purpose of commemorating the lives lost by those defending the mining town of Kimberley during the Anglo-Boer War. It is the burial place of 27 men.
The memorial has an inscription that was left by Rudyard Kipling, a guest of Rhodes’ when in Cape Town, and a poet and novelist. At its base is a Long Cecil gun to defend against the attacking Boer soldiers. This was constructed in the De Beers Workshops during the siege, making it an authentic, exciting sight.
The Honoured Dead Memorial is just one of Kimberley’s many exciting attractions.