Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa

Cullinan Diamond Mine.

The town's claim to fame must surely be that it is the site of the discovery of the world's biggest diamond, named the Cullinan Diamond, for obvious reasons.

The Cullinan Diamond, as it was called when it was still in one piece, measured an amazing 3.106 carats, equivalent to the size of half a pound of butter (250g). The Premier Diamond Mine, where the mammoth diamond was found, is still operational today.

Cullinan boasts some charming old wood and iron miner's houses, as well as quaint country style restaurants and craft shops. The old recreation club is also great for visitors, where you can view some fine murals recently discovered behind the boards.

For the more active guest, the Premier Game Reserve, which forms part of the mine property, remains a great place to enjoy game drives, walks, picnics, or even an escorted game viewing horse back ride. Not too far away is the drop zone of the Pretoria Skydiving Club, which is the biggest in South Africa.

To get to Cullinan from Pretoria, you should head north on the N1 and then turn right onto the R513. This drive is less than an hour long. The nearest major airport is O.R Tambo International in Johannesburg.

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