Welcome to Cullinan

Cullinan is little more than a handful of picturesque streets clustering around the mine, but the last few years have seen a proliferation of accommodation options, restaurants, bistros, antiques shops and art galleries. The relaxed atmosphere, charming architecture and good infrastructures draw crowds, particularly at weekends.

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$130.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cullinan Diamond Mine, Cullinan, GautengYou will be transported from your hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria to the world famous Cullinan Diamond Mine. Visit the Cullinan Diamond Mine where a diamond of 3106 Carats were discovered in 1905.You can choose from two options of this guided tour: A Surface Mine Tour or an Underground Mine Tour. Should you choose a Surface Tour it will comprise of a nine minutes DVD that tells you all about the mine and diamonds, a model of an underground tunnel - giving you an idea of the tunnels underground, the mine shaft, the hoist room where you will see the hoist at work pulling up the hoist cage and the big hole that was dug to find diamonds. The Surface tour lasts for 1 and a half to about 2 hours.Should you decide on the underground mine tour, the tour will be 4 hours and you will drop to a level of 763 meters below ground. After visiting the mine, you will get the opportunity to visit the Cullinan Diamond Mine market for an unforgettable diamond jewellery shopping experience. Driver / Guide, Transport from your hotel and entry fee is included. Whether you choose the surface or the underground mine tour the beautiful town of Cullinan will also be seen. After the tour you will be returned to your hotel in Johannesburg and surrounding areas, Sandton or Pretoria.Duration: 5 hours

$90.24 Tours & Sightseeing

Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour - Underground tour

The Cullinan Diamond Mine is renowned as a source of large, high-quality gem diamonds, including Type II stones, as well as being the world’s most important source of very rare blue diamonds. Cullinan earned its place in history with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond in 1905, the largest rough gem diamond ever found at 3,106 carats, which was cut to form the two most important diamonds in the British Crown Jewels. Many of the world’s most famous diamonds herald from Cullinan, and it continues to produce world-class diamonds under Petra’s stewardship. The Cullinan orebody contains a major diamond resource of 195 Mcts, suggesting a potentially long life for the operation of +50 years.The Cullinan kimberlite pipe was discovered in 1902 and open pit mining commenced at the ‘Premier’ mine (as it was then known) in 1903. Ore extraction has been by underground mining methods since 1946. Ore extraction has varied between 2 and 5 Mt per annum and ore treatment between 2 and 7 Mt per annum. The mine was renamed ‘Cullinan’ as part of its centenary celebrations and to link the mine to the illustrious heritage of the Cullinan diamond, which provided the two main polished diamonds within the British Crown Jewels (the 530 carat Great Star of Africa and the 317 carat Lesser Star of Africa).

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Cullinan mine

Cullinan Mine Surface Tour [ 2 Hours ]Guided tour of Cullinan mine with knowledgeable guides. You will get a good understanding of how the mine works. There are videos, exhibits and walk through areas which help you appreciate the efforts needed to extracts these gems. You also get a chance to stand on the lip of the massive hole where the famous diamond was found. It is also the world’s most important source of rare blue diamonds. Diamonds are a girls best friend but do you know how your diamond reaches that beautiful sparkling stone that we all appreciate? Tour the mine and find out what efforts are carried out to extract and produce the stones. Explore the mine underground for in depth knowledge of the miners world.

$162.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Cullinan mine tour - Underground tour

Cullinan mine underground Tour (4 hours)Interested in what it would be like to be a miner? Visit the mining town of Cullinan and conquer the infamous 4 hour underground mine tour.Home of the world’s largest diamond – the Cullinan (3106 ct), and some of the world’s largest high quality gem diamonds,Type II stones, and the world’s most important source of very rare blue diamonds. There’s no better place to experience this tour.Watch miners continue with their daily work while you are walking past on your tour which is nice as you can get the feeling of being a miner yourself. Learn how the mine works. See ore being tipped and the underground workshop.The lowest level you will go down is 763 metres.The mine continues to produce world-class diamonds under Petra’s Stewardship. The Cullinan orebody contains a major diamond resource of 195 Mcts, suggesting a potentially long life for operation of 50+ years.Other than the worlds largest diamond (3106 carats) being found here, other large diamonds have also been found including 122.52 carrat diamond valued at US$ 27.6 million in 2014.Be prepared for a lot of walking. You will be given mining gear to wear while you are underground.Bring your camera’s as cellphones can’t be used underground. There is an opportunity to do diamond shopping after the tour.