45 minutes drive from O.R.Tambo International Airport. The Premier Diamond Mine is an underground diamond mine owned by Petra Diamonds. It is situated in the town of Cullinan, 40 kilometres east of Pretoria. Established in 1902, it was renamed the Cullinan Diamond Mine in November 2003 in celebration of its centenary. The mine rose to prominence in 1905, when the Cullinan Diamond— the largest rough diamond of gem quality ever found — was discovered here. The Premier Diamond mine has produced over 750 stones that are greater than 100 carats and more than a quarter of all the world’s diamonds that are greater than 400 carats. It is also the only significant source of blue diamonds in the world. The little town of Cullinan dates from the early days of the 20th century, when its corrugated iron and sandstone houses were built during the development in 1902 of the Premier Diamond Mine. A businessman Thomas Cullinan told his wife that one day he would discover the biggest diamond in the world, and some day in January 1905 his dream came true. Take a surface tour through the mine where the famous Cullinan diamond – largest in the world – 3106 carats – was found in 1905. Don’t miss the shop where women’s “best friends” are for sale to the public.
Top Tours & Prices 2023
Premier Diamond Mine Surface tour (3 hours) – PREM01
R 1,780-00 per person sharing.
R 2,580-00 single.
Premier Diamond Mine Underground tour (5 hours) – PREMUN01
Mon + Fri 10h30am Tues – Thurs 09h30am Sat – 8h00am, Sunday – no show.
R 2,600-00 per person sharing.
R 4,360-00 single.
Pretoria City / Premier Diamond Mine Surface tour (6 hours) – PREMPRE01
R 2,150-00 per person sharing.
R 2,930-00 single.
Inclusive of tour cost: Pick-up and drop-off, guiding, entrance fees.
(Prices are subject to change without prior notice)