Things To Do in KimberleyKimberley's Vintage Trams
Where? 121 Bultfontein Road, Civic Centre, Kimberley, Northern Cape
How? Call +27 (0)53 830-6272
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
The Vintage Tram of Kimberley promises visitors an experience that will shuttle them straight back to the 19th century, when this previously untouched part of South Africa was transformed into a hub of activity. When diamonds were discovered in 1871 in what is today known as Kimberley, the world sat up and listened, and people flooded to the region in search of wealth and prosperity.
In 1887, the first tram came into operation; taking the vibrant population of adventurers to and from their favourite drinking and social hubs to the Big Hole, which was yielding magnificent stones.
Today, visitors are invited to experience the thrill of the gold rush all over again on this 20-minute tram ride, which is conducted in one of the earliest trams, complete with its original wooden seats.
The tour starts at the Kimberley Mine Museum, where the original buildings have been reconstructed to the very last detail. Simulated dynamite explosions and the authentic experience of descending the hole’s 214 metres in a mining cage make for a very memorable time. From the museum, the tram takes visitors to the mining shaft that saw the beginning of the gold rush as well as to the West End Bar. Then, it skirts around the Big Hole, and allows visitors to peer into its depths from the viewing deck before heading back.