Enjoy a tour of the Premier Mine, opened in 1902, where the world’s biggest diamond (3106 carats) was discovered in 1905, and a 507 carats diamond in September 2009! Premier Mine has produced 255 gem diamonds of over 100 carats, and nearly a quarter of the world‟s gem diamonds of 400 carats and over! This is also the only outlet in the world where you can buy the Cullinan Star Cut diamond – a unique 66 facet cut. Each stone is laser inscribed – your assurance of the stone‟s uniqueness.
On the surface tour visitors will see the big hole, the shaft and the diamond room where a selection of uncut diamonds and replicas of world-famous diamonds are displayed. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes as a fair amount of walking is involved.
On the underground tour, tourists are fitted with safety clothes and equipment, and then go 763m underground to view the following: admin offices, workshop, rest area, refuge bay (for emergencies), loading and tipping of ore, crushing of ore and the conveyor belt transporting the ore. Back on the surface you will also visit the lookout point overlooking the big hole, the diamond cutting and polishing workshop as well as the diamond shop. This is a physically taxing tour and only recommended for someone really physically fit. No children under 16 are allowed.