In Room Facilities:
The elegantly decorated rooms provide you with a satellite TV, air-conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with free toiletries and towels. The Standard Rooms are located 200 m away from the hotel.
Say the name Kimberley, and nine times out of ten the phrase evoked by the name will be ‘big hole’. And indeed, Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape that is a perfect detour on the N12, just off the N1, that functions as an alternative route between Cape Town and Johannesburg, is ‘the’ place for diamond mining.
It not only has a history immersed in diamonds but the Big Hole - a huge circular pit right in the middle of town - is a huge crater dug almost entirely with picks and shovels in an effort to reach the stones.
Kimberley’s Big Hole, measuring over a kilometre deep with a surface area of 17 hectares (although it isn’t the biggest hand-dug hole; the Jagersfontein Mine takes the credit for that) formed part of the diamond rush of the 1870s where men, with little more than man-made tools, managed to remove three tons of diamonds and 22,5 million tons of earth in the process. Today the hole is not as deep. Not only was it used as a receptacle in which to throw debris after it was abandoned, but ground water seeps into the hole leaving only 175 metres of the 215 metre depth visible.
Other facilities at Halfway House Hotel include a conference Facility, Gym and a Coffee & Tea garden.
* The Big Hole: View the largest man-made hole in the world, and delve into the history of the diamond rush
* AFRICANA LIBRARY: Opened in 1887, it contains rare books and a wealth of material on Africa, the Northern Cape and Kimberley and is considered one of the best research libraries in South Africa.
* KAMFERSDAM: – This National Heritage site is a must for bird enthusiasts. Home and breeding ground of the largest flocks of greater and lesser flamingos in the southern hemisphere. Viewing can be arranged – prior notice required.
* BATTLEFIELDS: The Kimberley area is rich in battlefields from the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1902). A trip to Magersfontein 30km from Kimberley is well worth a visit.
* McGREGOR MUSEUM: (within walking distance) This museum offers everything from Archaeology to Zoology - as well as insight into the mining days of Kimberley. The building has a history of its own having been a hotel, a sanatorium, a convent and now a museum.
* DUGGAN CRONIN GALLERY: (within walking distance): A photographic display unrivaled in South Africa depicting the indigenous people of South Africa through the 20th Century – right next door to the McGregor Museum.
* WILLIAM HUMPHREYS ART GALLERY: South Africa’s only Grade 1 art gallery.
* WILDEBEESKUIL CENTRE: This rock engraving, archaeological and historical site it situated 15km from Kimberley.
* AVIATION MUSEUM: Close to the airport, this small museum offers a fascinating history of aviation in S.A
* CLYDE N. TERRY HALL OF MILITARIA: A display on international militaria from World War II.
* FREDDIE TAIT GOLF MUSEUM: First golfing museum in South Africa.