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Going down? Put the adventure back into diamond buying – this could be the one shopping trip you’ll never forget. Take the Premier Diamond Mine Tour and get ready to descend more than 700 metres underground to experience a working diamond mine.
The Cullinan Diamond Mine that you will be exploring is a carrot-shaped volcanic pipe and boasts a surface area of more than 40 soccer pitches. Tour groups meet at the Cullinan Tourism and History Depot for a quick briefing before donning all the required underground safety gear. Cages depart at 09h00 sharp and plummet nearly a kilometre below the ground, right beneath Cullinan’s “Big Hole”.
While underground you will see the loading, tipping and crushing of ore as well as the conveyor belt transporting the load back to surface. Three hours or so later you will return to the surface yourself to witness the cutting and polishing process. And, if you are on good terms with your bank manager, maybe buy some of the jewellery at the Cullinan Diamonds shop.
Tours take four or five hours and require a minimum of four, physically fit persons older than 16. The temperature underground will be a comfortable 26°C. All the necessary safety gear will be provided, even overalls, which you may buy as keepsake once you resurface. Please book at least two weeks before your intended visit.
Head to Cullinan, then follow Oak Avenue northwards before crossing the railway line. Turn left into Bank Street 200 metres further along and continue for another 50 metres to Premier Diamond Tours.
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