Cullinan – Diamond Mine Surface Tour.

Cullinan Diamond Mine Surface Motorised Tour

Diamond Mine Tour – Cullinan.

Cullinan Mine tour amazing surface walking/motorised tours.

Operational Cullinan Diamond mine surface tours.

Cullinan Diamond Mine-Surface Tour

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

In addition Ekala combines within our comprehensive Cullinan diamond mine tour we supply:

A set time surface tour that would travel into the secure area of the mine current operations – then additionally:

History of the area, actually going back millions of years.

Then the origins of the diamonds and additionally the earliest Cullinan mining operations.

Then through the modern years, then consequently the change to current less “damaging” mine operations, and the advancements to Cullinan’s most advanced mining operations in the world.


Whereas the set time tour had 3 options – now practically only 2 (apart from Ekala’s extras).


Originally the hour mine walk had some value, but was taxing for the not so fit, and then not covering significant parts of the mine operations, even at that time.

However due to the complete restructuring of the mine, this walk cannot now get to the new operations – yes it can get to the view the shafts from a distance, then a view of the hole.

Can then leave you worn out, thus negatively affecting the rest of the day for no constructive value.

This option is however severely restricted as to what is covered due to security and safety within an active mine while being on foot.

Thus the complete picture of current operations are lost. Accordingly Ekala sees no value in this for now and we would not waste your time for this.


Surface Motorised Cullinan Mine tour

Simply known as following the Journey of the Cullinan Diamond Tour.

Open Vehicle drive – around 1.5 hours – but as you are being driven – covers a huge part of the surface mining operations. New and old mining operations.

Additionally the group size is limited to the size of the vehicle – more quality and direct contact with your guide that is lost on the walk – specifically in big walking groups.

This Surface Motorised Tour goes directly through the new operations/workings. Additionally get to view and understand the old Cullinan operations.

Also stops on the highest point of the Kimberlite waste dumps. Gives an extraordinary view of the full mine and its operations and the slimes dam.

Ekala also includes an additional point where this “dam” can be viewed.


Underground Tour.

Certainly the best option, but does require more time and is not suitable for everyone and additionally is not available on a Sunday.

More on both these options below.

  • With an open pit four times the size of the famous Kimberly hole.
  • Surface tour – underground tour – historical tour – old to new operational tour or combination of these as can be covered in the time allocated.
  • Best is the underground tour, this combined with a short surface and historical tour. If going underground is not for you, then Ekala will structure to include the surface motorised tour.
  • Ekala certainly recommends the surface drive – in the open vehicle. It complements the tour Ekala is giving far better and covers a greater area of the mine and the new advanced operations.
  • Thus additionally able to go more in depth to the mining process and Cullinans specific operations.
  • Also able to better communicate while sitting in a vehicle viewing the part of the mine than can be possible with a walking group.
  • Cullinan Underground Tour – this does take far more time than the above surface tour – so will fit in a bit less of the surface operations and the historical items, mine and village.
  • Ekala’s Cullinan mine tours are generally structured to spend some time covering the area historically. However depends on actual Cullinan tour booked and time available/allocated.
Mine Location:

The Cullinan/Premier Diamond Mine is situated 40 km east of Pretoria in the town of Cullinan. Actually situated within the 200 000 hectares of Dinokeng.


Meaning the “place of rivers”, while lying in the catchment area of the Olifants and Limpopo Rivers.


In African culture this makes it a sacred place with great healing powers.

Cullinan mine surface tours tailor made to your personal requirements and time available. Accordingly we structure the tour around either the Cullinan surface or underground tour.

Ekala Eco Tours offer you a broad spectrum of tour options and can thus 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 then available time.

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The Cullinan Mine Surface Walk Tour

Not currently viable as covers only a limited part of the old Cullinan mining operations and then none of the new mining operations.

These limitations within this “walking” tour extend not only to what is viewed, but the overall understanding of the mine in general.

Specifically as part of Ekala’s overall Cullinan diamond mine surface tour.

The Cullinan Mine Motorised Tour:

Journey of the Cullinan diamond. Indeed includes items not included on either the surface walking tour or underground tour.

Open Vehicle drive – around 1.5 hours – but as you are being driven – covers a huge part of Cullinan’s surface mining operations (new and old).

Including the highest point on the Kimberlite dumps (360 million tons waste material after diamonds have been recovered) and the slimes dam.

Ekala certainly recommends the surface drive – in the open vehicle. It complements the tour Ekala is giving far better and covers a greater area of the Cullinan mine and its surface operations.

Accordingly able to go more in depth to the diamond mining process, mining methods and the geological processes that are responsible for the creation of diamonds.

Recent changes in the mining operations are certainly covered within Ekala’s tours.

Including the new optical sorting plant and further the re-processing of the De Beers diamond mining operations waste dumps.

This then means 2 mine operations running side by side – the underground recovery and the surface reprocessing. Both of these covered within Ekala’s Cullinan Mine surface tour.

The Cullinan Mine Underground Tour:

Adventurous tourists can take an underground tour of a working diamond mine. Underground with the mine working shift.

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With Ekala – Indeed far more than simply a set time Cullinan Mine surface tour.

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Daily Cullinan Mine surface tours – 7 days a week.

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Best ability to contact Ekala for Cullinan mine surface tours:

Will respond within 24 hours. In most cases less. But does depend on time differences.

Cell phone does create some problems. Due to time difference or that we may all be on tour and thus unable to answer your call at that time. While email works perfectly.

Additionally difficult to deal with tour specifics on a cell phone.

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Cullinan Mine History

Volcanic pipe was discovered in 1890 and led to  the establishment of the mine in 1902 as the premier diamond mine in South Africa.

The Cullinan diamond pipe is the oldest known diamond pipe in the world and in 1905 mining was only 9 meters from the surface.

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 mines surface manager, Frederick Wells.

The diamond named after the mine owner, Sir Thomas Cullinan.

Cullinan 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.

Cullinan 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 the Cullinan mine was opened.

In 2003 the mine was renamed the Cullinan Diamond mine.

In 2007 it was sold by De Beers (the world’s biggest diamond producer at that time) to Petra Diamonds.

Tailor-Made Cullinan mine surface tour experiences – thus structured around your requirements and timing.

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Cullinan’s Blue Diamonds

Cullinan mine is the only site in the world where blue diamonds can be repeatedly found and is the world’s most significant source of these valuable stones.

Cullinan (Petra) recovered five rare large high-quality blue diamonds in 2020. High quality in both clarity and colour.

The 5 blue diamond’s totalling over 85 carats. Believed to all be individual stones and not originally part of a larger blue diamond.


The Mine Today

Today, the Cullinan/Premier Mine open pit is four times the size of South Africa’s famous Kimberley diamond hole. Indeed, remains a fully operational mine with 25% of its production, being of gem quality diamonds.

Purchasing – Buying a Diamond:

Then complete your diamond mine tour experience with a diamond of your own. Buying yourself a fine gem diamond direct from Cullinan where 10 of the world’s most famous diamonds were discovered.

While browsing the vast range of diamonds, loose, polished diamonds and diamond jewellery, all created to the highest standards.

Two diamond shops in Cullinan.

However Please Note:

Ekala discusses in depth the differences between these two shops en-route to the mine. Giving you the best advice and “inside information”.

Accordingly giving you the opportunity to get the diamond of your choice, at the best price.

If required, we will certainly assist that you can view and price from both shops to ensure the best overall purchase and price.

Do not wish to shop – no problem – we will not waste your valuable time with this.

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.

Indeed, 15% vat on your diamond purchase can be returned to you on your departure from South Africa.

Cullinan 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.

Please ensure you discuss the buying of a diamond with your Ekala Guide before visiting either of the shops.

Planning stage of South Africa safari/tour/trip

So if you are in the planning stage of a South Africa trip, we can help.

Please supply the duration that you are looking at, group size, then your estimated dates and duration.

Then additionally what you wish to include in this time, and we can advise using our extensive South Africa experience.

Other mining options available to include with Cullinan mine surface tour to create an extended day or multi-day tour package:

Cullinan underground:

Underground in the Cullinan diamond mine

This does take far more time than the surface tour – thus if only one day available for the tour – then either a mini Cullinan historical tour or Pretoria tour.

Cultural/historical – or combinations as a mini tour or drive through


Pretoria today, one of South Africa’s 3 capital cities.

If for an extended Cullinan single day tour, can possibly fit a mini Pretoria or simply a drive through before or after the Cullinan mine surface tour:

Palaeo tours:

Maropeng and Sterkfontein Cave day tour

This would need to be as an extra day to the Cullinan surface tour

Sammy Marks Museum:

Victorian mansion – home of Sammy Marks – made significant contribution to mining, agriculture, and industrial development in the Pretoria and additionally Johannesburg.

Cullinan Mine surface tour prices:

No prices on our website due to the unique, individual and specialised requirements for each Cullinan mine tour we supply.

Ekala structure our tours around our client’s individual requirements.

If time is limited:

We indeed structure the Cullinan surface tour from arrival to departure – including airport collection and drop off.

Accordingly using all time available as a fully guided professional tour.

In contrast, not simply a point to point mixed group drive around.

As a result,

Cullinan Mine surface tour quote based on your specific requirements.

Best way to experience the Cullinan mine surface tour is then with Ekala’s passion, experience and knowledge.

Let Ekala then share South Africa’s best mining experiences with you.

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Private, professional and reliable Cullinan mine surface tours.

Cullinan new and old operations
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Ekala’s Cullinan mine surface tour can then be adapted to the client’s individual needs.

Accordingly we accommodate specific and personal requirements.


Private collection and drop off – then supplied as a fully guided professional Cullinan surface tour. Thus covering en-route as may be possible from collection to drop off.

As a result, not simply a point to point transfer with a driver.

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Ekala family & tour guides

We pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of South Africa’s history and then its mining history and current operations.

Thus we focus were our experience and expertise lie – in South Africa only.

Highly Experienced Guides

With our vast experience and expertise, we will bring the Cullinan mine surface tour to life.

Including sharing our love and knowledge of South Africa.

Ensuring you leave full of the best memories.


Ekala will endeavor to personalise your private Cullinan diamond mine tour package according to individual requirements/interests as well as available time.

Personal touch

Furthermore Ekala personally conducts and organises all our Cullinan diamond mine tours.

As highly experience and professional guides.

Consequently you get an enhanced understanding of South Africa’s mining and history.

Best South African Experience

Superior photographic opportunities, paired additionally with highly experienced professional guides.

Thus providing a unique Cullinan mine experience.

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Enjoying and experiencing South Africa’s mining assets.

Thus a Cullinan mine surface tour to remember for the right reason.

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South African safari and eco tour holiday then catering for the single / solo traveller.

Indeed, for all diverse interests and ages.

Then accompanied by Ekala’s professional guides.

As a solo traveller the private tour is accordingly customised to your needs.

Hence providing quality time on your interests and requirements.

While striving to make long lasting memories for you.


Above all an understanding of South Africa’s mining operations – Gold and diamonds – historical to current operations as a world leader

Ekala’s guides are well spoken thus providing interesting detail and clarity while on the Cullinan mine surface tour.

While active engagement between guide and guest is encouraged.

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