Cullinan - Premier Diamond Mine Tour

Cullinan – Premier Diamond Mine Tour.

Premier/Petra – Cullinan Diamond Mine Surface Walk and Mine Motorized Tour.

Operational Diamond mine tours.

South Africa’s Premier Diamond Mine Tour at the Cullinan Diamond mine


  • Cullinan surface tour – we recommend the surface drive – covers a far greater area of the mine and is thus able to go more in depth the mining process and the mines specific operations.
  • Cullinan Underground Tour – this does take far more time than the above surface tour – so generally may only fit in a mini historical or surface tour.
  • Pretoria Tour – perfect with the surface tour – but can on occasions do a Pretoria drive through after the underground tour.
  • Johannesburg Gold Tour.
Mine Location:

The Cullinan/Premier Diamond Mine is situated 40km east of Pretoria in the town of Cullinan. Situated within the 200 000 hectares of Dinokeng. Meaning the “place of rivers”, lying in the catchment area of the Olifant’s and Limpopo Rivers. This in African culture makes this a sacred place with great healing powers.

Tailor made to your personal requirements and time available. We structure the tour/tours around either the Cullinan surface or Underground tour with items of Johannesburg or Pretoria to create a full day or time available.

Ekala Eco Tours offer you a broad spectrum of options and can deliver according to personal and individual needs. Tours designed to offer choice and flexibility. Combining tours as you require to suit your personal preferences and available time.

The Cullinan – Premier Mine Surface Walk Tour

This tour covers the history of the mine, mining methods and the geological processes of that are responsible for the creation of diamonds. The tour demonstrates how diamonds are extracted from the ground; visit the big hole, mine shaft and the hoist room. Guests can view the polishing and delicate cutting operations done by master diamond cutters, which shape the diamonds into the jewelry you can buy around the world. You can also view replicas of the world famous diamonds found at Cullinan.

The Cullinan – Premier Mine Motorized Tour:

The journey of the Cullinan diamond. Includes items not included on either the surface or underground tours, including the highest point on the Kimberlite dumps (waste material after diamonds have been recovered) and the slimes dam. This is by far – the best surface tour option.

The Cullinan – Premier Mine Underground Tour:

The adventurous tourists can take an underground tour of a working diamond mine. See separate page for more information on the Underground tour.

Daily Cullinan/Premier Mine tours 7 days a week. Underground tour Monday to Saturday.

Cullinan Mine History

The mine was discovered in 1890 and established in 1902 as the premier diamond mine in South Africa. The Cullinan diamond pipe is the oldest diamond pipe in the world and in 1905 was only 9 meters from the surface. The volcanic pipe shaped in the form of a carrot, has a surface area of 42 hectares – approx 40 soccer pitches. In January 1905 the world’s largest rough gem, the Cullinan Diamond at 3,106.75 carats was discovered by the surface manager, Frederick Wells.

The diamond named after the mine owner, Sir Thomas Cullinan. The diamond was cut into many stones including 2 very large diamonds, given to King Edward VII in 1907 on his 66th birthday and forms part of British crown jewels. The diamond was posted to England in normal package post. Over 250 diamonds of over 100 carats have been found in the Cullinan mine including a 101.27 carats diamond, sold for $6.2 million. Diamonds of a total of more than 120 million carats have been mined since this mine was opened.

This is the only site in the world where blue diamonds have been found. In 2003 the mine was renamed the Cullinan Diamond mine and in 2007 it was sold by De Beers (the world’s biggest diamond producer) to Petra Diamonds.

The Mine Today

Today, the Cullinan/Premier Mine’s open pit is four times the size of South Africa’s famous Kimberly diamond hole. It remains a fully operational mine and produces 25% of the entire world’s production of gem quality diamonds.

Purchasing – Buying a Diamond:

Complete your diamond mine experience with a diamond of your own. Buying yourself a fine gem diamond direct from the mine where 10 of the worlds most famous diamonds were discovered.

Browse the vast range of Cullinan diamonds, loose, polished diamonds and diamond jewellery, all manufactured to the highest standards. View Diamond Cutting, Polishing and finished diamond Jewellery and information on Diamond grading.

Private diamond viewing’s available on request.

Shop for your own fine gem diamond from the dazzling array of diamonds and jewellery. Buy your Diamonds and get it set in distinctive designs of gold or platinum while you wait. All diamonds purchased in Cullinan carry an international certification of their quality, veracity and value.

Exclusive Cullinan star diamond cut.

Purchase Cullinan diamonds – direct from source. The only diamond supplier to stock the 66 facet Cullinan star cut.

14% vat on your diamond purchase can be returned to you on your departure of South Africa.

Diamond mine tour – either on a surface or underground tour – then shop for a piece of history for yourself with a purchase of a Cullinan diamond.

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