Big Hole Precinct
Kimberley, Frances Baard District, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
In recent years, the Big Hole Precinct has been identified by the Northern Cape Province as a priority tourism development zone. Recent developments in the BHP have caused a significant increase in visitor figures to the area, which in turn generates the need for further development.
Development in the vicinity began in 2005 with the comprehensive revamp of the Big Hole Museum to the value of R50-million by the De Beers Consolidated Diamond Mining Company, making it one of the best open-air museums by global comparison.
In February 2012, the Mittah Seperepere International Convention Centre (MSICC) was officially launched in the Big Hole Precinct. As one of the newest convention centres in the country, the facility boasts a plenary capacity of 2 500 seats in addition to an open-air arena which also accommodates 2 500 delegates at capacity. In addition, the four-star Protea Hotel Kimberley was also built in close proximity, a facility that is being expanded at present due to increased demand for luxury rooms.
Furthermore, the Big Hole Caravan Park – formerly known as the Open Mine Municipal Caravan Park – is also located within the Big Hole Precinct adjacent to the MSICC. The park facilities comprise tent and caravan stands with 46 grassed sites with power stands, as well as modern ablution facilities with hot water, laundry and scullery facilities. The site is currently managed by the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality.
Further development of the Big Hole Precinct (BHP) in Kimberley to create design and attraction synergy between the Big Hole Museum, Protea Hotel Big Hole, Mittah Seperepere International Convention Centre, Kumba Skate Plaza, and Frances Baard Flagship Visitor Centre.
- Big Hole Hotel Development (4 star – 120 rooms)
- Multi-Purpose Sport Facility
- ICC Precinct Expansion
- Office Block within the Precinct
- Expo & Market Structure
- Skate Plaza Building
- Heepse Skate Plaza
- Pedestrian Foot Bridge over the Big Hole
- Real Estate
- Construction is complete and the project is in operations phase
- Precinct development and expansion is the next phase
- Property Developers
- Private Investors
Government support and incentives
It is envisioned that the project will be financed by an investor while the government will ensure enabling infrastructure and various incentives as part of the project support.
- Northern Cape Department of Public Works
- Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism
- Northern Cape Economic Development Agency
- Sol Plaatje Municipality
Property Developers / Investors interested in the project, please contact the team here. Please ref. Big Hole Precinct in the subject line. Thank you!