Kimberley Travel Guide

Climate and geography

Climate

Water

Kimberley’s water is pumped from the Vaal River at Riverton, some 15 km north of the city.

Districts/Suburbs/Townships
Albertynshof
Ashburnham
Belgravia
Carters Glen
Cassandra
Colville
De Beers
Diamant Park
El Torro Park
Ernestville
Floors/Florianville
Galeshewe incl "Old No 2"
Gemdene
Greenpoint
Greenside
Hadison Park
Herlear
Heuwelsig
Hill Crest
Homelite
Homestead
Homevale
Kestellhof
Kimberley North
Kirstenhof
Klisserville
Labram
Lindene
Minerva Gardens
Mint Village
Moghul Park
Monument Heights
Newton
New Park
Platfontein
Rhodesdene
Riviera
Roodepan/Pescodia
Royldene
Roylglen
Southridge
Squarehill Park
Vergenoeg
Verwoerd Park
West End
Demography

According to the 2011 census, the population of Kimberley "proper" was 96,977, while the townships Galeshewe and Roodepan had populations of 107,920 and 20,263 respectively. This gives the urban area a total population of 225,160. Of this population, 63.1% identified themselves as "Black African", 26.8% as "Coloured", 8.0% as "White" and 1.2% as "Indian or Asian". 43.2% of the population spoke Afrikaans as their first language, 35.8% spoke Setswana, 8.7% spoke English, 6.0% spoke isiXhosa and 2.7% spoke Sesotho.

Landscapes, urban and rural

Kimberley is set in a relatively flat landscape with no prominent topographic features within the urban limits. The only "hills" are debris dumps generated by more than a century of diamond mining. From the 1990s these were being recycled and poured back into De Beers Mine (by 2010 it was filled to within a few tens of metres of the surface). Certain of the mine dumps, in the vicinity of the Big Hole, have been proclaimed as heritage features and are to be preserved as part of the historic industrial landscape of Kimberley.

The surrounding rural landscape, not more than a few minutes’ drive from any part of the city, consists of relatively flat plains dotted with hills, mainly outcropping basement rock (andesite) to the north and north west, or Karoo age dolerite to the south and east. Shallow pans formed in the plains.

One of Kimberley’s famous features is Kamfers Dam, a large pan north of the city, which is an important wetland supporting a breeding colony of Lesser Flamingos. Conservation initiatives in the area aim to bring people from the city in touch with its wildlife. In 2012 rising water levels flooded the artificial island built to enhance flamingo breeding, while in December 2013 a local outbreak of avian botulism bacteria resulted in the deaths of hundreds of birds.

source: Wikipedia

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