Cullinan is a small, well-preserved 19th century mining town east of Pretoria. Founded in 1902 and named for the founder of the Premier Diamond Mine, Sir Thomas Major Cullinan, this semi-rural community consists of mining families, farmers, artists and, on weekends, bikers and families looking to escape to the country.

Did you know?

The Cullinan Star Cut™, a unique 66-facet cut, has an extra 8 facets.

Cullinan village, once a farm called Elandsfontein, was acquired by prospector Thomas Cullinan when he established the farm's diamond-bearing potential. It became the Premier (Transvaal) Diamond Mining Company Ltd, now the Cullinan Diamond Mine.

Cullinan village is situated in Dinokeng, the north-east corner of Gauteng province. Its close proximity to Pretoria and Johannesburg, its Victorian charm, and its reputation for yielding some of the largest diamonds ever discovered, make it a fascinating destination.

Quirky and quaint, the town of Cullinan's focal point is Oak Avenue, which is lined with jacaranda and oak trees, cottages with intricate wrought-iron work and picket fences, bric-a-brac shops, restaurants, and the must-visit Jan Harmsgat se Agterplaas (literally, 'Jan Harmsgat's back garden'), a garden theatre-cum-gallery that rarely fails to delight visitors with its junkyard glamour.

Diamond mine tours are de rigueur when visiting Cullinan, choose a surface, motorised, or underground tour of the working mine.

Cullinan's open-cast mine is among the biggest in the world, three times the size of the more famous Kimberley Big Hole. When you've finished ogling this enormous crater, visit the Diamond Hub next door, where you'll be able to see replicas of the mine's most famous gems and diamond-cutting demonstrations.

Check out the historical and cultural attractions in Cullinan including murals painted by Italian prisoners of war during World War II, St George's Anglican Church designed by Sir Herbert Baker, the Sammy Marks Museum and Cullinan Station.

Dig below Cullinan's surface and you'll find fascinating stories. Take a local tour with a specialised guide or visit game ranches, go for outdoor sports, adventure activities and steam train trips.

Cullinan village sparkles for more than its famous diamonds.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Cullinan Tourism Information
Tel: +28 (0) 12 734 1111
Email: info@cullinan.co.za

How to get here

From Johannesburg follow the N1 north towards Pretoria. Take the Pretoria East/Polokwane split. Take the N4 east (towards Witbank), then take the Rayton/Cullinan (R515) off ramp.

Tours to do

Local guides offer historical and mine tours. On Sundays, a tractor tour visits Cullinan's historical attractions; McHardy House Museum

Get around

You’ll need a car to reach Cullinan, visit the mine, or tour Cullinan’s surrounds. It’s possible to explore the centre of town on foot, or take a narrated tram ride through the village.

Length of stay

Cullinan makes for an ideal two-day, one-night getaway.

Where to stay

Accommodation options in the village range from five-star guesthouses to zany cottages constructed from reclaimed construction materials and junk.

What's happening

Cullinan hosts the Groot Gat Festival in March, and a Mampoer Festival in May (mampoer is a notoriously strong, traditional South African spirit akin to moonshine).

Best buys

Cullinan Mine is famous for its rare blue diamonds, which are on sale.