Cullinan Diamond Mine
The Cullinan Diamond Mine, located 30 minutes from Pretoria 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 was found only a mere 9 m from the surface, 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.
Since the discovery of diamond pipes in the world, it was established that the Cullinan Diamond Pipe is the oldest pipe in the world. This is the only working diamond mine in the world that allow visitors the opportunity to visit underground operations.
ABOUT THE SURFACE TOUR
An exciting guided surface tour of a working Diamond mine including a 10 min introduction video of underground operations and view the following in the Diamond Display Room –
• Replicas of famous diamonds
• Mock-up tunnel-guide explains construction of tunnels underground
Then we are transported around the surface of the mine for a in depth overview of the mining operations. We will view shafts in operation - where kimberlite rock is hoisted from 500 m underground to the surface. A look out point of the big hole where volcanic eruptions took place, ending the tour at the Jewellery shop.
Surface Tours: 7 Days a week, please inquire about availability and departure times
Duration at mine: 1.5-2 hours (excluding transport time to and from mine)
ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND TOUR (please note this is a full day tour)
Tourists are fitted into safety clothes and equipment after viewing a 10 min introduction video, transported to mine entrance. Heading 763 m underground in a mine lift to view the following Admin offices, workshop, rest area, refuse bay. Loading and tipping of ore, crushing ore, conveyor belt transporting ore, and back to surface. Ending the tour with a lookout of the big hole and finishing inside the Jewellery shop.
This tour does take more time than the surface tour.
Underground Tours: 6 Days a week, no Sunday departure, please inquire about availability and departure times
Duration at mine: 4-4.5 hours (excluding transport time to and from mine)
- No children under 10 years on Surface tour and no under 16 years for Underground tour
- Bring Sunscreen lotion and Sunglasses for Surface tour
- Wear comfortable closed shoes for surface and underground tour
- No mobile phones on underground tours, lock ups available
- Tours are weather depending