I’ve heard a lot about Cullinan over the past few years that made me want to visit and a few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of spending the weekend there. This picturesque hamlet is so rich in history, and with most of its architecture still preserved since the very early 1900’s, it’s certainly worth a visit.
“Be like a diamond; precious and rare, not like a stone that is found everywhere.” That’s exactly the quote that comes to mind when I think of Cullinan; this delightful townlet which is less than an hour away from Johannesburg, which I got to tick off that list of places to visit.
Let’s have a look at where we stayed…
The Cullinan Diamond Lodge
Offers old-fashioned hospitality from staff which are friendly and helpful, especially Gary, who seemed to be Kayden’s favourite and to this day, about three weeks later, still mentions his name.
There is a tea-garden for nature lovers, surrounded by beautiful flora. There is a photo booth available on the property, as well as a Chapel and conference facilities. There was a wedding taking place on the day we were leaving and the beautiful gardens were used for the photography before the actual wedding ceremony.
The room was neat and clean and the bed was oh so comfortable with crisp white sheets. There was a little patio outside our room where you could relax in a tranquil environment.
The food was delicious. Koos, the Chef, prepared a chicken involtini for me, which included bacon, feta and spinach. My husband enjoyed a succulent T-Bone steak which was prepared just the way he enjoys his steaks. There isn’t a dessert menu, however, between Gary and Koos on duty, they whipped up a little something for us to enjoy after our main meals.
Do make a point to go up the stairway to the viewing deck on the roof, where you will be surrounded by beautiful jacaranda trees, which was in bloom and a spectacular view of the Cullinan big hole which is right opposite the lodge.
Although there were no tables or chairs up there, I think it’s a great setting to have some sundowners…hint…hint to the management if you’re reading this.
They were fully booked for the weekend that we were there, so its recommended to book well in advance. Although I didn’t personally meet Stanley, the manager, his correspondence with me was professional and extremely helpful. The entire team are really passionate about service, based on our experience, before, during and even after our stay. They truly strive to give you that personal touch which makes your experience a positive one.
Read more about The Cullinan Diamond Lodge by clicking here.
A street you can enjoy a leisurely walk down with a sense of security – that actually felt incredible! Yeah – I know…it’s not very often we get to feel this way. From rusty old kitchen items on sale to cosy little restaurants, this street leads to the entrance/exit of the Cullinan Diamond Mine.
The Cockpit Brewhouse offers a great selection of craft beers and various other drinks, I enjoyed some delicious cocktails which I drank very quickly and felt the effects just as quick – well, in my defence, it was a scorching hot on the day that we were there. There’s a big screen, so if you’re a sports fan, this is the place to enjoy the game – on that particular day, there was Rugby and South Africa was playing so the vibe was one that was all amped.
If you are fan of photography or just love taking pictures, then a walk down Oak Avenue is a must. You will not
The Cullinan Diamond Mine Surface Tour
We were initially booked on the Underground Diamond Mine Tour, however, we later realised that Kayden didn’t not meet the minimum age requirement and therefore had to skip that. We instead did the Surface Tour, which was very interesting.
I must be honest, up until this point, I was under the impression, for whatever reason, that the biggest hole was the one in Kimberly – nope, I was wrong – the Jagersfontein Mine is actually bigger than the Kimberly big hole and the Cullinan Big Hole’s pit is four times larger than that of the Big Hole in Kimberly. The Cullinan Diamond Mine was opened in 1903, although some say 1902… and was then owned by De Beers, who then (2007) sold to Petra Diamonds Cullinan Consortium (PDCC), a consortium led by Petra Diamonds.
Just in case you didn’t know, The Cullinan Diamond was the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, which weighed a whopping 3,106.75 carats and was discovered at the Premier No. 2 mine in Cullinan on 26th of January in 1905. The mine’s Chairman at the time was Thomas Cullinan, which is how it got it’s name.
Of all the things along the way on the tour, it’s no surprise that the highlight for Kayden, were these construction vehicles. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’d know that it’s no secret how much he loves these construction vehicles.
Shopping – there’s lots of crafts available here and if you like succulents, there is a wide range available.
Camel Rides – There were 3 camels available for rides, at only R30.00 per person, which I think is very reasonable, considering how much we paid for the camel rides we had in Dubai.
Oppiestasie – built on an old railway line, here you can eat your food off spades, of course I had to take a picture to prove it. By the way, the steaks were delicious and cooked to perfection.
There’s so much more that we didn’t do, like ziplining, quad biking, etc. So, rest assured, we will have to visit Cullinan again, when Kayden is at an age where he is able to enjoy all of those activities. Whether you decide to go for a day visit or spend the night or weekend there, it’s a place definitely worth seeing and experiencing, knowing and learning more about.
It felt great to be a local tourist and I think as locals, we sometimes take for granted the very many places almost at our doorstep, which are so worth exploring, before venturing out into the rest of the world. The weird thing, is that so many people from around the world, make a point of visiting Cullinan, when we on the other hand, miss the opportunity of this tourist attraction that’s so close to home.
Where will be venture out to next? Stay tuned to find out…we’ve just learned that our child loves weekends away just as much as we do.
Win an adventurous weekend away for 2
Courtesy of Cullinan Diamond Lodge and Adventure Zone, 1 lucky reader stands the chance to win a weekend away for to, worth just under R5000! The prize consists of:
- A two night weekend stay – bed and breakfast, at The Cullinan Diamond Lodge
- Zip-Lining for 2 – Adventure Zone
- Quad biking for 2 – Adventure Zone
1. Visit The Cullinan Diamond Lodge website and find the link of “Things to do in Cullinan”, click on it and tell me in the comments below, if you could choose 1, which would it be from the list?
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T’s and C’s
1. Competition excludes any travel, the winner will be responsible to get to the venue/s
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