As the original meeting place of the city’s diamond tycoons, Kimberley Club is a historic place with a plethora of stories and traditions to its name. Situated in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, the venue was founded by Sir Cecil John Rhodes in 1881 as a place where the leading men could enjoy a drink, good food, and the company of their friends away from the dust of the mines. It has been entertaining some of the county's most powerful figures ever since; from princes and princesses to governors, sovereigns, and legends.
The Kimberley Club has always been a men’s club. Ladies Nights were held very rarely and it wasn’t until 1937 that a Ladies Annexe was made available (now the Rhodes Room). The club has changed very little over the decades. In fact, women are still restricted from entering the main bar area.
A visitor once said, “The place was stuffed with money – more millionaires to the square foot than any other place in the world.â€ Many historic decisions influencing the national and international diamond industry have been made in the venue. Sir Ernest Oppenheimer’s words which are engraved in the building support this: “The memory of the men who made the New Greater South Africa is enshrined in this building.â€
- 17 en-suite bedrooms
- 3 dining areas
- Reading Room
- Conference and function venues
- Barney Barnato Room