Field Trip 2: The First Gems – Kimberley and Surrounds, South Africa

This field trip will be based in Kimberley where it will start at the Big Hole Museum which incorporates the historic Kimberley Mine (1871-1914), the type locality for kimberlite. Other visits within Kimberley will include the Bultfontein, Du Toitspan or Wesselton kimberlite underground mines as well as the Superstone Dump re-treatment facility. There will be ample opportunity to sample peridotite xenoliths both at the Big Hole and on Boshoff Road dump. Outside Kimberley, the trip will include the Finsch and Koffiefontein kimberlite underground mines as well as smaller operations such as the Newlands Mine and Kareevlei Wes Project (~100km NW of Kimberley). Transport will be in a luxury 30-seater bus.

Field Trip Leaders
Jock Robey.

Pre-Conference: Sunday 10 September to Sunday 17 September 2017
Post- Conference: Sunday 24 September 2017 to Sunday 01 October 2017 (Cancelled).

ZAR 18,250 (see registration page for further details)

Number of Delegates
The pre- and post-conference field trips will be restricted to 20 delegates each.

Start and End Points

Both are Kimberley, South Africa.

Detailed Itinerary 
For a detailed field trip itinerary click here


Photo credits left to right: Panorama of the viewing platform over the Big Hole or the Kimberley Mine with the town of Kimberley in the background, Dirk Coetzee; sorted diamonds from the Kareevlei Diamond Mining Project, Bluerock Diamonds; fish eye view of Kimberley Underground Mine with Bultfontein and Du Toitspan open pits and the joint shaft, Petra Diamonds; the Big Hole or the Kimberley Mine with the town of Kimberley in the background, Barbara Scott Smith; Finsch Mine open pit, Petra Diamonds; Koffiefontein Mine undgerground workings, Petra Diamonds; Finsch Mine plant, Petra Diamonds.