Take a walking tour around this famous mine, and visit the beautiful city of Pretoria with a private tour guide
Cullinan mine started in 1903, and within a few years produced the largest diamond ever found. The stones cut from it grace the Crown Jewels. Take a guided walk around this working mine, stroll through the historic village of Cullinan and take the opportunity to buy high quality gemstones from the mine shop.
Pretoria, the administrative capital, is a bustling modern city, liberally sprinkled with historical buildings such as Paul Kruger's house, the Raadsaal, Melrose House, City Hall, the Transvaal Museum and the Union Buildings, a magnificent example of the work of Sir Herbert Baker. These buildings are now the Presidency. The history of the city area predates European settlement and makes for interesting discussion.
If time allows, a visit to the Voortrekker Monument can be included, where the history of the Afrikaner people's movement into the interior is depicted in beautiful marble friezes.
We travel to Cullinan for a walking tour of the mine at 10h30 or 14h00. Afterwards, we stroll through the village before departing for Pretoria. This is flexible depending on whether we do the afternoon or morning tour, and whether we choose to walk through the village before or after the tour.
We visit the city, Church Square and the Union Buildings. If you are interested and time allows, we will visit the Voortrekker Monument. Kruger House and Melrose House can be included.
The itinerary is flexible, and can be changed. Times need to be confirmed when bookings are made at the mine.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your place of accommodation.
End location: At your place of accommodation.
Duration: 7 hours
This tour can be extended to include the Voortrekker Monument, or to spend more time in the village or the City. Other options include a visit to the Sammy Marks Museum.
The start time will vary depending on whether we do the morning or afternoon mine tour, or if the tour is on a week-end.
Airconditioned VW Microbus.
Transportation, guide fee, all site and tour costs, snacks and soft drinks in the vehicle.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 South African Rand - This would only be necessary if you are planning to buy from some of the smaller local markets. Most restaurants and larger shops accept Mastercard and Visa credit cards.
The village of Cullinan has been preserved, with the houses dating from 1904 housing a variety of shops, restaurants and coffee shops. If you would like a meal or to purchase any crafts on offer this would be to your own account.
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Lesley was our guide for the past two days (Johannesburg & Soweto and Cullinen & Pretoria) and was absolutely fabulous! Lesley is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge for these areas and so much more! We are leaving this country with a wealth of information and hope to return in the future as we just skimmed the surface of the Johannesburg/Pretoria area. Thank you Lesley for making our visit so memorable!