Five cheap and free things to do in Kimberley. For Cheapflights.

Did you know that Kimberley was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to install electric streetlights? It was September 1882 and meant that Kimberley’s electric lights went on before those of London, an impressive feat for a village that had grown out of the Northern Cape dust after the discovery of diamonds in the 1870’s saw a rush of prospectors descend on the area to stake their claims and chase their dream of striking it rich.

In a town where fortunes were made and lost, it’s great to know that so many activities are either free or very affordable. Here are 5 you shouldn’t miss as written for the Cheapflights UK blog.

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1. Visit Sol Plaatjie Museum

Don’t leave Kimberley without a visit to the Sol Plaatjie Museum. The late writer, journalist and activist Sol Plaatjepenned Mhudi, the first novel by a black South African, while living at No 32 Angel Street in Kimberley. In honour of his contribution to South African literature, his home has been turned into a museum and offers a good introduction to his work in the 20th century.

COST: Free

2. Ride on a vintage tram at The Big Hole Complex

A must visit is The Big Hole Complex, where you can peer into the deepest man made crater in the world, experience a trip into a mine and walk the old town that still beats to the rhythm of a bygone era. While there, take a ride on the vintage tram, which was introduced in 1897. 120 years later, it is still around with its original wooden seats and steering wheels still in place.

COST: A 20-minute ride is great fun and costs only R20pp

Read how to Get cultured at the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, Relax at Kamfers Dam and how best to Explore Mokala National Park on the Cheapflights blog here.

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