Halfway House Hotel

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  • “The Half” as it is popularly known, has and always will be a Kimberley institution and is now the only licensed ‘drive-in bar’ in the world. Frequented by tens of thousands over the many years, the Half can boast some illustrious patrons from the early diamond rush days through to the modern post-democratic Kimberley of the early 21st Century.

    Foremost among those patrons are Cecil John Rhodes, who normally remained on his horse outside the bar; Barney Barnato,

    Alfred Beit, William Pickering, and John Currey.

    ‘The Half’ dates back to January 1872 when it was known as the Young America and advertised as “…an excellent framed house with bar stools and full stock…” It was sensibly positioned halfway on the main road between Du Toitspan and the New Rush mines, the latter of which became known as the Kimberley mine.  This is where the De Beers family started out their empire. This is where, within twelve months of the discovery of diamonds at Colesberg Kopje in 1871, 50000 fortune hunters crowded into the first little shanty town of New Rush that later became known as Kimberley. You will no longer find the Kopje here, instead you will find the biggest man made hole ever dug with a pick and shovel.

    • Free secure resident car parking

    • Free high-speed internet

    • Free Wifi access

    • Full service reception and 24 hour security

    • Business services

    • Conference facilities

    • Laundry facilities

    • Tea & coffee making facilities

    • Complimentary toiletries

    • Iron & ironing board

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  • Rates:

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  • Type Of Accommodation: Rooms
  • Amenities In Rooms (May differ in rooms):
    • Queen Size Bed
    • Double Bed
    • Single Bed
    • No smoking in rooms
    • Air conditioning
    • En-suite bathrooms
    • Shower
    • Bath
    • DSTV Premium
    • Other DSTV Channels
    • Coffee and Tea
  • Other Facilities:
    • Pool
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Breakfast Available
    • Lunch Available
    • Dinner Available
    • Safe Parking
    • 24Hr Security
    • Conference facilities
  • Other Facilities Onsite: Free Wi-Fi
  • Other Facilities Nearby:
    • Jogging
    • Cycling
    • Birding
    • Tours
    • Adventure Activities
    • Historical Tours
    • Golf
    • Shopping Mall
    • Shops
    • Restaurants
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    In-Room
    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.
    Facilities
    Other facilities at Halfway House Hotel include a conference Facility, Gym and a Coffee & Tea garden
    Attractions
    Attractions * 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.
    Area Information
    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.