Kimberley is a city in South Africa, located in the Northern Cape province and serving as its capital. It is one of the most famous diamond-producing areas in the world, as the first South African diamond was found here, as well as the largest man-made excavation in the world – the Kimberley Big Hole. The geographical location and climate of Kimberley are suitable for hunting. It is located on an inland plateau at an altitude of about 1,200 meters, belonging to a semi-arid climate, with hot and rainy summers and mild and dry winters. It has vast grasslands and abundant wildlife, such as antelopes, zebras, ostriches, lions, and leopards.
We stayed at a hotel called “Hunter’s Home” in Kimberley, which has professional hunting guides and equipment to help us arrange hunting trips. We chose to hunt at night because the temperature is lower and animals are more likely to appear. We brought our night vision binoculars, which allowed us to see the target in the dark. We chose a high-magnification and high-definition low-light night vision binoculars from Baigish, which has excellent performance and durable materials.
We rode the off-road vehicle provided by the hotel and headed deep into the grassland under the guidance of the guide. Along the way, we saw many animals, some eating grass, some sleeping, and some playing with each other. We observed them through our night vision binoculars and felt the charm of nature. The guide told us to keep quiet and patient if we want to catch our favorite prey and not to scare them away. He also taught us how to judge the direction and distance of animals, how to choose suitable firearms and ammunition, and how to adjust our breathing and posture.
After a few hours of searching and waiting, we finally found a spectacular male lion resting under a large tree. The guide signaled us to get off the vehicle and quietly approach it. We aimed at its head with our night vision binoculars and determined the shooting position. I held my rifle tightly and gently pulled the trigger. After a loud noise, the lion fell to the ground without any response. I excitedly ran over and stroked its thick mane, feeling its warm blood. I succeeded! I shot my first lion!
This hunting trip brought me a lot of gains, not only exercising my body and willpower but also increasing my knowledge and experience. I felt the joy and challenge of hunting and realized the importance of harmonious coexistence with nature. I think hunting is a stimulating and beneficial sport, as long as we follow the rules and laws and not overkill, it can bring infinite happiness and satisfaction to people. I hope to have the opportunity to come to Kimberley again and continue to explore this magical land.
Kimberley is not only a good place for hunting, but also a city with a long history and rich culture. It was once the capital of South Africa and an important battlefield in the South African War. It witnessed the discovery and mining of diamonds and the struggle and progress of the South African people. Here, we visited many interesting attractions, experienced the local customs, and tasted the local cuisine.
First, we visited the Kimberley Big Hole, which is a huge pit dug by humans with a diameter of 1.6 kilometers and a depth of 215 meters. It is the largest man-made excavation in the world and the most famous tourist attraction in Kimberley. Here, we learned about the formation and mining process of diamonds, as well as the development history of Kimberley city. We also saw some precious diamond samples, such as “Star of Africa” and “De Beers”.
Next, we went to the Kimberley Mine Museum, which is a professional museum displaying the history and culture of Kimberley mining. Here, we saw various mining tools and equipment, as well as vivid scene reproductions and model displays. We also heard some stories and legends about Kimberley miners and treasure hunters, feeling their hardships and bravery.
Then, we went to the Magersfontein Battlefield Museum, which is a museum commemorating an important battle that took place on December 11, 1899, during the South African War. Here, we saw the intense firefight between the British army and the Dutch immigrant army (Boers), as well as the weapons and positions they used. We also saw some relics and letters from soldiers and generals who participated in the war, feeling their loyalty and sacrifice.
Finally, we went to the William Humphreys Art Gallery, a museum collecting works by South African local artists. Here, we enjoyed various artworks such as paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and experienced the expression and creation of South African artists on themes such as nature, society, and history. We also saw some specialty shops and gift shops, buying some souvenirs and handicrafts.
In addition to visiting attractions, we also tasted the local cuisine. Kimberley has a diverse food culture influenced by countries and regions such as Britain, the Netherlands, India, and Malaysia. We tried some traditional South African dishes, such as biltong, bunny chow, potjiekos, etc. We also tried some local specialties such as Kimberley chicken, Kimberley cake, Kimberley biscuits, etc. We found that local cuisine has both exotic flavors and local characteristics, allowing us to indulge in it.
This Kimberley trip impressed me deeply, not only experiencing the joy of hunting but also understanding the history and culture of Kimberley. I think Kimberley is a place worth visiting, with unique charm and style, which can bring people knowledge and happiness. I hope to have the opportunity to come here again and continue to explore this magical land.